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Rachel Maddow: Repubs are so ‘punchy’ over a shutdown, John Boehner is making ‘kissy noises’

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The threat of another possible government shutdown has thrown Republicans off, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow said on Thursday — a point she illustrated by showing House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) making a “kissy-face” at a reporter, as pictured above.

“We didn’t invent that,” she said. “We put that through the ‘kissy noises’-to-English Google translator today, but I still don’t know what he meant.”

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As Talking Points Memo reported, Boehner’s bizarre behavior came in response to a question regarding funding for the Department of Homeland Security.

While the Senate is reportedly ready to pass a “clean” funding bill — one including funding for implementation of President Barack Obama’s executive order on immigration — House Republicans are considering a bill funding the department for three weeks, instead.

“It is getting punchy and weird in Washington,” Maddow said. “Punchy and chaotic.”

The fight between House Republicans and their Senate counterparts, Maddow said, has led to the kind of in-fighting and “political cannibalism” that has not been seen in years, with Rep. Peter King (R-NY) breaking with Boehner and complaining, “People think we’re crazy.”

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“The Republicans set this whole thing up as a fight between themselves and the White House — or at least, themselves and Democrats,” she said. “What it has ended up being is a fight between themselves and themselves.”

Watch Maddow’s commentary, as aired on Thursday, below.

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Elizabeth Warren surges ahead of Joe Biden in new Des Moines Register poll of the Iowa Caucuses

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has surged to first place among likely Iowa Caucus-goes, according to a new poll released Saturday night by CNN and the Des Moines Register.

The poll showed Warren at 22%, followed by former Vice President Joe Biden at 20%.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is at 11%, South Bend Mayor Pete Buggigieg is at 9% and Sen. Kamala Harris is at 6%.

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‘He knows I’m actually better at the internet’: Andrew Yang says Trump is too scared to attack him

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Presidential candidate Andrew Yang suggested President Donald Trump is too scared to attack him during a CNN appearance on Saturday.

Yang, whose campaign has been buoyed by his passionate online supporters known as the "Yang Gang," was interviewed by Van Jones.

"Part of the thing is that you’re such an unlikely candidate that people, they’re not shooting at you, even Donald Trump doesn’t have a bad name for you yet," Jones noted. "Is that a good thing or a bad thing?"

"Well, Donald Trump hasn’t messed with me online because he knows I’m actually better at the internet than he is," Yang replied, to cheers from the crowd.

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Taylor Swift could swing 2020 against Donald Trump — a GOP consultant did the math

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Singer Taylor Swift could play a key roll in the 2020 presidential election, a Republican strategist explained on MSNBC on Saturday.

Swift has been public in her criticism of President Donald Trump and told Vanity Fair she is intent to "do everything I can for 2020."

Republican strategist Evan Siegfried was asked about Swift's activism by MSNBC anchor Alison Morris.

"At the same time, Taylor Swift did to something very good, urging people to register to vote months before the election," he noted. "A lot of young people did that."

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