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Sanders slams Hillary for support of DOMA: Saying it stopped something worse ‘just wasn’t true’

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) criticized Hillary Clinton on Monday over her statements that the anti-LGBT policies signed during her husband’s presidency were “defensive actions” meant to stop conservatives.

“It bothered me to hear Secretary Clinton saying ‘Well, what DOMA was about was to prevent something even worse,'” Sanders told MSNBC host Rachel Maddow. “That just wasn’t true. It wasn’t true.”

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The former secretary of state argued to Maddow on Friday that the Defense of Marriage Act was introduced as a way to stop conservative legislators from pushing through a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages. The law was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in June 2013.

Similarly, Clinton said, the “don’t ask don’t tell” policy for military service members was a reaction to the “overreaction” by lawmakers after Bill Clinton promised to let LGBT troops serve openly during his first run for the presidency.

Maddow noted on Monday that the senator, who is competing with Clinton for the Democratic Party nomination, has made it a point to emphasize that he opposed not only DOMA, but the Iraq War and the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline before Clinton did so.

“On all of those issues, you and Secretary Clinton agree now,” she said. “I wonder if I could just zero in on exactly why you think it’s important that you were right first. When Democratic voters are making the decision on who their nominee ought to be, why are you a better choice on those grounds?”

“That’s an excellent and fair question,” Sanders said. “And the answer is, we live in a tough world and leadership counts. It’s great that people evolve and change their minds, and I respect that. I’m not being demeaning here. But it is important to stand up when the going gets tough.”

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Watch footage from the interview, as aired on Monday, below.

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Trump team ‘is as incompetent, shambolic, paranoid, and given to conspiracy theories as it appears’: MSNBC panel

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In a Sunday evening panel discussion, MSNBC commentators explained that the White House appears to be just as chaotic and marred by chaos as the rumors say.

Many in the White House learned that the president's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, was working overseas in Ukraine. Giuliani claimed that he's been producing a film that he couldn't get Fox News to run, as it will appear on the fringe network OAN.

"What Rudy Giuliani is doing is using Kremlin-manufactured propaganda as a defensive shield for the president," said CNBC's John Harwood. "Fiona Hill was unambiguous in her testimony to the intelligence committee. What Rudy Giuliani has been doing with these two indicted men who are linked to a Russian oligarch who is tied to Russian organized crime, is trying to manufacture a story that Ukraine, rather than Russia or in addition to Russia or differently from Russia, meddle in the campaign. That is false."

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Watch Devin Nunes freak out and eject reporters when asked about phone calls with Lev Parnas

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Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) lost it over the weekend when he was asked about his phone calls with Rudy Giuliani's associate Lev Parnas, who was recently indicted.

Nunes was at a Republican Party fundraiser in New York City when two Intercept reporters asked about the impeachment probe. Recent phone records subpoenaed by the House Intelligence Committee revealed that Nunes had multiple conversations with Giuliani and with Parnas.

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Former Republican Congressman admits he ‘can’t explain’ Ted Cruz: ‘You’d think he’d have more self-respect’

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) appeared on "Meet the Press" Sunday to perpetuate the false narrative that Ukraine hacked the 2016 election, a fact that has been disproven by all of the U.S. intelligence agencies. When asked to explain what Cruz could possibly have been thinking, former Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) confessed he has no idea how to explain Cruz.

"So, Charlie, what's going on here?" asked CNN host Fredricka Whitfield.

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