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Not ready for prime time: Rand Paul gets testy when asked basic questions about abortion

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In an interview with the Associated Press that appeared on Wednesday, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R) stumbled over questions regarding his views on women’s reproductive rights, then complained that reporters are pressing him on too many “details” in his only days-old presidential campaign.

As Paul swung northward to New Hampshire on the presidential primary state circuit, the AP’s Philip Elliott asked the candidate to clarify his views regarding a woman’s right to choose.

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The libertarian-leaning senator has come out and said that he strongly opposes abortion in almost all cases. The AP asked Paul, “What exceptions, if any, should be made if the procedure were to be banned?”

“The thing is about abortion,” Paul began, “and about a lot of things — is that I think people get tied up in all these details of, sort of, you’re this or this or that, or you’re hard and fast (on) one thing or the other.”

“Life is special and deserves protection,” was the most he would say by way of explanation, according to the AP.

Many Republicans feel that the nation is moving away from the rigid social stances of the party’s old guard. Each candidate for 2016 must walk a delicate balancing act of appealing to the party faithful while not alienating young and millennial voters, who are increasingly liberal on social issues.

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Paul grew “testy” — in the AP’s words — when he was asked to give a concise take on his position.

“I gave you about a five-minute answer. Put in my five-minute answer,” he said.

“I think the most important thing is the general concept of: Do you support the sanctity of life?” he said. “Do you think there’s something special about life? So you think when we’re born that a human baby is different than an animal, that there’s something special that is imbued into human life? And I think there is.”

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“In general, I am pro-life. So I will support legislation that advances and shows that life is special and deserves protection,” he concluded.

Paul has gotten “testy” with a couple of reporters lately. On Wednesday morning, he clashed with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie when she attempted to pin him down on his contradictory positions on U.S. policy regarding Iran.

That mirrored another confrontation with CNBC’s Kelly Evans in which Paul shushed her and told her not to speak while he was talking.

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Michael Moore predicts Mick Mulvaney will get into Heaven after confessing Trump’s quid pro quo

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Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore predicted acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney will ascend to Heaven in the afterlife during a Friday interview on MSNBC's "The Beat" with Ari Melber.

The host played a clip of Mulvaney admitting Trump's quid pro quo while seeking foreign election assistance from Ukraine.

"This man obviously is going to be admitted into Heaven," Moore said. "You know, he told the truth."

"If there was a movie version of this, somebody stuck him with a needle just before he walked out onto the stage there, a truth serum needle, and he just went on and on saying, 'Yeah, that’s what we do. Yeah, of course.' Essentially admitting there is a quid pro quo. In fact, there are many quid pro quos."

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Trump campaign has 12-person ‘War Room’ toiling to fight the impeachment inquiry: report

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While the White House has bragged about refusing to start a "war room" to deal with the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump's administration, his campaign is footing the bill for a 12-person operation, the LA Times reported Friday.

“Some of you have criticized us for not having a war room — OK? — which we don’t by the way,” acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney told reporters.

“You don’t have a war room when you haven’t done anything wrong," he added.

By that logic, Trump's 2020 re-election campaign may fear the president did something wrong.

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‘I don’t think he knows what he’s doing’: Ex-Trump advisor rips the ‘cascading crisis’ of his ‘strategic disaster’

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President Donald Trump received harsh criticism from a former top Middle East advisor for the ethnic cleansing campaign Turkey is waging against the Kurds in Syria.

MSNBC's Chuck Todd interviewed Brett McGurk, the former special presidential envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL.

"The truth of the matter is when President Trump announced to the world last December that we were leaving Syria and he arbitrarily cut our force reportedly in half, which is already a small force, we lost all of our leverage and influence," McGurk argued. "And he really threw it out the window on this call on October 6th."

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