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Mitch McConnell: Businesses suffer because people are ‘doing too good with food stamps’

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Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell argued recently that the nation’s economic recovery was being stunted by people who were “doing too good with food stamps, Social Security and all the rest.”

In an interview that was published on Monday, McConnell told Politico that the 2016 presidential race was a “critical election” to restoring “the growth rates and the greatness we’ve had most of our history.”

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The Kentucky Republican reportedly “scoffed” at the idea the economy was improving.

McConnell said that business leaders complained to him that they had “a hard time finding people to do the work because they’re doing too good with food stamps, Social Security and all the rest.”

And he accused President Barack Obama of wanting to “Europeanize America” by saddling the country with “massive debt, high taxes on the most successful people, over-regulation.”

Even though McConnell disagreed with Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) proposal to shut down the government over Planned Parenthood funding, he suggested that Republicans would do everything possible to derail the president’s second-term agenda.

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“The concrete part of [Obama’s] agenda was when he controlled the Congress with big majorities the first two years,” McConnell explained. “The rest of it is very much open to being changed by a new president with a different point of view. Just like that.”


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Cory Booker planning to suspend his campaign if his fundraising does not improve: report

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On Saturday, NBC News reported that Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) has released a campaign memo indicating he will exit the Democratic presidential primary if he is unable to raise millions of dollars within days.

"Without a fundraising surge to close out this quarter, we do not see a legitimate long-term path forward," wrote campaign manager Addisu Demissie in the memo to staff ersand supporters. "The next 10 days will determine whether Cory Booker can stay in this race."

The memo added that it is likely that only four candidates presently have enough money to stay in the race for the long haul. These candidates are likely former Vice President Joe Biden, Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who report the largest fundraising hauls.

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Donald Trump lashed out at the media for pursuing the story of a suppressed inspector general's report that he may have made an illegal promise to the president of Ukraine, saying they should be investigating former Vice President Joe Biden instead.

Taking to Twitter, the president wrote: "The Fake News Media and their partner, the Democrat Party, want to stay as far away as possible from the Joe Biden demand that the Ukrainian Government fire a prosecutor who was investigating his son, or they won’t get a very large amount of U.S. money, so they fabricate a..... story about me and a perfectly fine and routine conversation I had with the new President of the Ukraine. Nothing was said that was in any way wrong, but Biden’s demand, on the other hand, was a complete and total disaster. The Fake News knows this but doesn’t want to report!"

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The new Rambo movie is essentially a MAGA fever dream of bigotry

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"Rambo: Last Blood," the latest in the long-running franchise about a traumatized war veteran (Sylvester Stallone) turned on-demand badass, is less an escapist action movie and more a dramatized manifestation of the most notorious sentences from Donald Trump's presidential campaign announcement speech: "They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people." Even for a series that has always been shaped by a right wing worldview, the only reason for this latest sequel to exist — besides generating profits from die-hard Stallone fans — is to validate MAGA-world bigotries about Mexicans.This article first appeared in Salon.

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