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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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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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Matt Gaetz forgot which network he was on: Surprised CNN anchor said ‘I’ve never been called Sean Hannity’

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Rep. Matt Gaetz seemed to confuse cable news networks during a Thursday appearance

Gaetz was interviewed by CNN's Chris Cuomo, who aggressively challenged Gaetz on the facts as the Florida Republican attempted to defend President Donald Trump.

Despite the fact Cuomo's interview was nothing like the puff segments Gaetz is used to on Fox, the congressman seemed confused by the end.

"Congressman, you are always welcome, wherever I am, at nine or eleven, whenever," Cuomo said.

"Thanks Sean," Gaetz replied.

"Did you just call me Sean?" Cuomo asked. "Did you just call me Sean?"

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Internet debates ‘the dumbest thing Brian Kilmeade has ever said’

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Fox News personality Brian Kilmeade has received a great deal of attention -- and criticism -- during the Trump era.

Kilmeade co-hosts one of the President's favorite shows, "Fox and Friends," with Steve Doocy and Ainsley Earhardt on weekday mornings. He also a show on the Fox News Radio network and frequently appears on "The Five."

The former Ultimate Fighting Championship play-by-play sportscaster has also been harshly criticized for the type of comments that make the show a favorite for the president.

Journalist Molly Jong-Fast, who was widely praised her interview of Lisa Page, decided to explore Kilmeade's comments.

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Giuliani’s potential witness tampering in Ukraine is impossible to separate from Trump: Judiciary Democrat

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On Thursday's edition of MSNBC's "The Beat," Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) broke down how Rudy Giuliani's misconduct in Ukraine is "inseparable" from President Donald Trump's.

"To everyone who asks whether we are moving too quickly, I say the president's lawyer is moving quickly to continue to ask a foreign government to cheat our elections, and doing nothing is completely off the table," said Swalwell, who sits on the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees, the two most crucial committees in the impeachment inquiry. "We have to secure our elections. We have powerful, uncontradicted evidence now. And now is the time to hold the president accountable and determine just which impeachment articles we should proceed with."

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