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Elizabeth Warren to Jon Stewart: Every law protects ‘the tender fannies of the rich and powerful’

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) told Jon Stewart that the influence of the wealthy on Washington was so pervasive that many lawmakers had probably stopped noticing.

“The problem we’ve got is that there is so much money flowing into Washington, so much power (and) so many lobbyists, that it becomes the norm,” she said. “I want to say it this way: The wind only blows from one direction – it only blows from the direction of those who have money.”

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Warren appeared Thursday night on “The Daily Show,” where she said the wealthiest Americans had tilted the playing field dramatically in their favor.

“Powerful corporations (and) rich people have figured out that if you can bend the government to help you just a little bit, it’s a tremendous payoff,” the senator said, “and if you can bend it to help you just a little bit more and a little bit more, the playing field just gets more and more tilted, and the rich and the powerful just do better and better.”

The rumored 2016 presidential candidate said their influence went far beyond campaign donations.

“They’ve invested in Washington in a million other ways,” Warren said. “The lobbyists are there every day, every meeting that occurs. They’re there in the regulatory agencies, they’re all over the town to make sure that the tender fannies of the rich and the powerful are always carefully protected — in every rule that’s written, every conversation, in every discussion.”

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He’s trying ‘to get under Trump’s skin’: Reporter Olivia Nuzzi outlines Joe Walsh’s impact on 2020

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Republican strategist Shermichael Singleton explained during an MSNBC panel discussion that former Rep. Joe Walsh isn't likely to peel away many voters from Trump as someone who is "Trump-light." New York Magazine reporter Olivia Nuzzi, however, thinks Walsh with have a more significant impact, whether or not he can win the primary race.

During a CNN panel discussion, Nuzzi similarly noted that Walsh's primary purpose could be to troll the president.

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Boris Johnson ‘tremendously humiliated’ Donald Trump on a global scale at G-7 meeting: CNN analyst

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United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson was one of President Donald Trump's favorite people to take over for Theresa May when she resigned this summer. But Johnson also mocked the U.S. president and humiliated him on a global scale, said New York Magazine reporter Olivia Nuzzi.

During a panel discussion on CNN Sunday, CNN's Ryan Lizza opened by saying that Johnson is in a tight spot as he's trying to negotiate Brexit while serving as an international leader to the G-7. Johnson also needs to negotiate a trade deal with Trump, but he clearly is going about it in the worst possible way.

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Black MSNBC host schools Joe Walsh on N-word tweets being racist: ‘Hard to put the toothpaste back in’

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Former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) is like a lighter version of President Donald Trump, said Republican strategist Shermichael Singleton. But MSNBC host Kendis Gibson couldn't help but ask Walsh about his history of racism.

In an interview after Walsh's announcement, Gibson asked hard questions about Walsh's history of racism. Walsh profusely apologized to former President Barack Obama, who Walsh waged war against during his tenure in the White House. While Wash was not a supporter of the racist birther campaign that Trump perpetuated, Wash does have a history of using racist terms on Twitter.

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