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Trump brawls with Rand Paul to open GOP debate: He shouldn’t even be on this stage

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Donald Trump trade barbs during a GOP candidate debate on Sept. 16, 2015. [YouTube]

The second Republican presidential candidate debate on Tuesday opened with front-runner Donald Trump tangling with Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY).

“Rand Paul shouldn’t even be on this stage,” Trump told host Jake Tapper. “He’s number 11. He’s got 1 percent in the polls. There’s far too many people up here anyway. As far as temperament, I have a great temperament.”

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Tapper had started the debate with a question to Carly Fiorina regarding whether she felt Trump could be entrusted with the country’s nuclear protocols. Fiorina responded by saying that was up to the voters to decide, setting the stage for Trump’s attack on the Kentucky senator.

“I kinda have to laugh — sounds like a non sequitur,” Paul said when asked to respond. “He was asked whether or not he would be capable [of handling] the nuclear weapons, and all of a sudden there’s a sideways attack at me.”

The Tea Party senator then asked whether voters wanted someone using Trump’s kind of “careless language” to negotiate with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and said there was a “sophomoric quality” to Trump that made him entertaining.

“I am worried; I’m very concerned about having him in charge of the nuclear weapons, because I think his response, his visceral response to attack people on their appearance — short, tall, fat, ugly,” Paul said. “My goodness, that happened in junior high. Are we not way above that?”

“I never attacked him on his looks,” Trump said of Paul, before adding, “And believe me, there’s plenty of subject matter right there, that I can tell you.”

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Watch the back-and-forth, as posted online, below.


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Maddow reveals how one state stood up to Trump’s USPS cuts — and won

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MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow's opening segment on Friday focused on a positive story of political pressure stopping one of the Trump administration's attacks on the U.S. Postal Service.

Maddow reported how NBC Montana reporter Maritsa Georgiou had doggedly reported on the removal of postal boxes in Missoula, where she is based. Missoula has been a long-time Democratic Party stronghold.

Montana has a competitive U.S. Senate election in 2020, with Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock challenging first-term Republican Sen. Steve Daines.

As Georgiou chased the story, she learned there were also plans to remove boxes in the battleground of Billings. And more planned for the blue town of Bozeman. And other towns.

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Pepsi joins the chorus of people dunking on Tucker Carlson over Kamala Harris

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The Pepsi soda company mocked Fox News personality Tucker Carlson on Friday evening.

On Tuesday, Carlson flipped out after a guest attempted to teach him how to pronounce the name of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), who is running for vice president on Joe Biden's ticket.

Video of the exchange was posted on Twitter by Nikki McCann Ramirez, a researcher at the watchdog group Media Matters for America.

Tucker Carlson loses it when a guest corrects his pronunciation of Kamala Harris's name pic.twitter.com/1fHIrPGuwN

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Trump supporter shut down on Fox News: ‘Turns out Stephen Moore is not a very good epidemiologist’

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University of Michigan economics professor Justin Wolfers mocked Trump 2016 economics advisor Stephen Moore on Fox News over the administrations bungled response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Let's not have economists play epidemiologists here, mate," Wolfers said in his Australian accent.

"We actually tried Steve's prescription, which was not shutting down, that's what the sunbelt states did," he explained.

"What have you got? You've got spreading disease everywhere and you've got the economies there forced to shut down," he explained.

"We tried what Stephen Moore wanted -- it turns out Stephen Moore is not a very good epidemiologist," Wolfers concluded.

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