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Rachel Maddow shreds Bill Kristol and political press for trying to wish Joe Biden into 2016 race

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MSNBC host Rachel Maddow argued on Wednesday that Vice President Joe Biden’s announcement that he will not seek the presidency should serve as a cautionary tale for Washington D.C pundits and journalists, many of whom were not only reporting the opposite, but acting like they knew Biden had decided to run.

“You couldn’t know what Joe Biden’s decision was going to be, because it was his decision alone,” she said. “And yes, there were a lot of sources who wanted to talk. But for the most part, those were sources who wanted to talk because they wanted Joe Biden to run. And that’s not news. You can’t turn your wishes or hopes or rumors into news just by calling it ‘news.'”

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Talking Points Memo reported that the Washington Post mistakenly published a story yesterday saying that Biden would run — one of two versions the newspaper had apparently prepared — before quickly yanking it. But Fox News and Biden’s fellow Democrat, Rep. Brendan Boyle (R-PA), also made similar statements, citing their own sources assuring them that Biden would run.

Maddow, however, singled Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol out for his insistence on Twitter that Biden was running. As recently as Tuesday, Kristol stated that Biden had “confirmed” his presidential intentions to President Barack Obama over lunch in preparation for a campaign launch at the University of Delaware.

“Bill Kristol was hiding under the table at lunch,” she said sarcastically, before saying that Kristol was “kind of famous for making very bad, very confident predictions,” such as his prediction that former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani would mount another presidential campaign in 2012. Giuliani did not.

Watch Maddow’s commentary, as aired on Wednesday, below.

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Devin Nunes defends discredited Hill columnist John Solomon in bonkers opening statement

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Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) delivered a opening statement on Tuesday in which he attacked the mainstream media while praising a former columnist for The Hill whose work has been widely discredited by multiple witnesses in the impeachment inquiry.

Columnist John Solomon, whose debunked opinion columns about Ukraine helped Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani spread conspiracy theories about Ukraine supposedly being responsible for interference in the 2016 presidential election, has come under heavy criticism and The Hill announced this week that it would conduct a factual review of all his past work on Ukraine.

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Trump did ‘real damage’ to himself with attack on Yovanovitch and he’ll be watching again today: NYT’s Haberman

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Appearing on CNN's "New Day," New York Times White House correspondent Maggie Haberman stated that Donald Trump did serious damage to his defense against impeachment when he attacked former Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch on Twitter as she testified last week and added she fully expected the president to watch Tuesday's hearing with interest.

Speaking with hosts Alisyn Camerota and John Berman, Haberman was asked what the American public can expect from the president on Tuesday as Jennifer Williams, an aide to Vice President Mike Pence, and Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, an Army officer who works on the National Security Council testify.

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Vindman will be the ‘crucial witness’ — and GOP smears against him will be ‘self-defeating’: Ex-prosecutor

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On Tuesday's edition of CNN's "New Day," former federal proseuctor Elie Honig walked through the importance of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman's upcoming testimony in the impeachment hearings.

"He's going to be a crucial witness," said Honig. "The crux of Vindman's testimony has to do with Gordon Sondland, who we know was in direct contact with President Trump. Vindman has testified before that Sondland discussed what the deliverable would be — that's an important word — in order to get the meeting. He talked about the investigation into the Bidens, that the Ukrainians would have to deliver an investigation into the Bidens. That goes right to the quid pro quo. Now also, of course, Vindman listened to that July 25 phone call live, and his reaction was that this was about getting a White House meeting. It was a demand for him to fulfill this particular prerequisite in order to get the meeting. Again, that goes to the central corrupt exchange here."

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