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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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Dershowitz is running a ‘bizarro defense’ of Trump: Harvard Law colleague says ‘Alan is just completely wacko’

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Two of the most famous names associated with Harvard Law School had competing appearances on MSNBC on Friday.

It began when Alan Dershowitz, a professor emeritus, was interviewed MSNBC chief legal correspondent Ari Melber about his new role officially representing President Donald Trump during the Senate impeachment trial.

Dershowitz claimed that neither abuse of power nor obstruction of Congress count as "high crimes" under the constitution.

Professor Alan Dershowitz, who has also been associated with Harvard Law for five decades, was asked about Dershowitz's argument during an interview with Chris Hayes.

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Trump’s big-money Florida fundraiser expected to bring in $10 million — from only 100 people

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President Donald Trump flew to Mar-a-Lago on Friday after receiving a formal summons from the U.S. Senate informing him of his impeachment trial.

The president will be attending a Friday evening campaign fundraiser.

The recipient of the money is Trump Victory, which is a joint fundraising committee set up by Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. and the Republican National Committee.

“Tonight’s Trump Victory fundraiser is expected to raise $10 million with approximately 100 people in attendance," the campaign told the White House pool reporter.

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Lev Parnas has Trump ‘unnerved’: ex-FBI official says the president doesn’t know what he ‘has up his sleeve’

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President Donald Trump is "very nervous" about what Lev Parnas may have on him, a former top FBI official suggested on MSNBC on Friday.

Former FBI Assistant Director for Counterintelligence was interviewed by MSNBC's Peter Alexander.

The host played clips of Trump denying any relationship with Parnas.

"Well, I don't know him, I don't know Lev Parnas, other than I guess I had pictures taken -- which I do with thousands of people," Trump argued. "I don't know him at all, don't know what he's about, don't where he comes from. I can tell you this -- I don't know him. I don't believe I've ever spoken to him. I don't believe I've ever spoken to him."

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