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Rick Santorum: Hispanics will be hurt the most by Obama’s immigration reform

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On Newsmax TV’s MidPoint, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum spoke to Ed Berliner about how the Republicans should respond to Barack Obama’s speech about immigration reform.

The president, “who had recently been seen as being backed into a corner, has turned the tables on his challengers,” Berliner began. “Now, everyone is waiting to see how smart the right will be in answering his challenge.”

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“Senator,” he continued, “is it not fair to say that the GOP has to be more cautious than ever before because, in effect, the president has called their bluff and, in many ways, he has backed Republicans into a corner?”

“Well,” Santorum replied, “he’s acted like a child. He’s acted against the Constitution, and he’s thrown Republicans — he’s thrown the country — a curve ball. So, yes, it’s a difficult time, when people in both parties need to take a step back.”

“If you’re a senator or a congressman and a Democrat right now, you’ve just seen the President of the United States basically tell you that you’re irrelevant,” he said. Then, he claimed that Obama said, “‘I don’t need you to change the laws of this country. I can do what I want to do, irrespective of what you say or want.'”

“He’s backing Americans into a corner, of a president who thinks he’s above the law and the above the Constitution. The president doesn’t seem to be at all chastened by the overwhelming opposition to what he’s doing and how he’s doing it.”

Berliner then asked, “is it fair to say that one of the most incorrect things to say is ‘President Reagan did it,’ ‘President Bush did it’? Because if you take the time to look, the comparisons would seem to be to the intellectual — or to common sense — to be completely wrong.”

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“It’s just a farce,” Santorum replied. “What Presidents Reagan and Bush did — that was a very small group of people, and they acted pursuant to a congressional act.”

“That’s not what’s going on here. The president’s saying, ‘You won’t act, so I will.’ That is not what Reagan did. That is not what Bush did.”

“How do the Republicans now fight this,” Berliner asked, “without seeming like racists?”

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By way of answering, Santorum replied with a rhetorical question, asking, “You know who gets hurt the most by this? Hispanics in America. Lower-income workers in America. You’re adding 5 million mostly unskilled workers into a labor pool where wages are declining, when median income in America is declining. And we’re adding 5 million more people, in addition to the 1.1 million legal immigrants, and the illegals — because the president has opened a path to citizenship for whoever gets into this country.”

“We’re going to flood the labor market,” he concluded, “and we’re going to hurt Hispanics, we’re going to blacks and lower-income whites, and he does this out of compassion? He’s doing this as a slap-in-the-face to every working American.”

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Carl Bernstein: There are 7-9 ‘wobbly’ Republicans who want witnesses but Mitch McConnell is trying to block them

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In a CNN panel discussion Wednesday, notorious Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein revealed that there are seven to nine Republican senators who are wavering after the compelling argument that the House has provided for the impeachment. The problem, however, is that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is refusing to allow any break from the party line.

"I think this is a hugely damaging narrative that was laid out today, and that Mitch McConnell understands, and has understood for a while that this hugely damaging narrative was going to affect his members," said Bernstein. "And that his strategy -- I've talked to some Republicans about this -- #MidnightMitch is to wear out his own members so that they don't vote for more witnesses because there are six, seven, eight, nine wobbly Republicans."

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Former senator reveals to Maddow how one brave Democrat can reveal key document in impeachment trial

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Near the end of Wednesday's impeachment trial, Chief Justice John Roberts announced that an agreement had been made to allow senators to read supplemental testimony from Vice President Mike Pence aide Jennifer Williams.

The document will remain classified, despite claims that there is no classified material in the document, only evidence that is damning to the president.

"In terms of this document potentially being improperly classified, which is something that has been raised in writing by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and raised on the floor of the Senate tonight by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)," MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow noted. "Obviously, it was the vice president's office that said it was classified, they are getting publicly criticized for that. If it has been improperly classified and it should be something that the public can see, who adjudicates that?"

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Conservative says Republicans won’t want to stop confirming right-wing judges just to hear witnesses in impeachment

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Conservative CNN commentator Scott Jennings was asked about Sen. John Kennedy's (R-LA) comments that most senators were hearing the facts of the trial for the first time Wednesday night.

“I’ve learned a lot. Everybody has. Senators didn’t know the case,” Kennedy admitted. “They really didn’t.”

He claimed that nine out of ten senators learned something new and the tenth is lying.

Jennings dismissed the information, saying that whatever happens in the trial, senators won't want to "shut down the Senate" just to hear witnesses. He claimed that President Donald Trump's legal team would make that argument to the senators.

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