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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?”

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“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.”

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

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‘You’re scared of brown women’: GOP congressman’s town hall spirals into chaos after he attacks Ilhan Omar

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Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) got a lot more than he bargained for when he held a town hall meeting with constituents in San Antonio this week.

The Austin American Statesman reports that Roy on Wednesday hosted a town hall meeting at the Compassion Church in northern San Antonio this week in which he was confronted over his criticisms of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN).

While Roy was attacking Omar during the meeting, a woman named Eva Perez yelled at him to "let it go" and stop slamming his Democratic colleagues.

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‘I can’t analyze that’: Ex-ambassador confesses he’s unable to make sense of Trump’s Denmark and Russia rants

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Former American Ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, confessed Thursday that not even he could figure out what happened to make the president want to get into a verbal war with Denmark.

"What is the president talking about?" asked MSNBC host Craig Melvin.

"I can't analyze that. I honestly do not — there is no logic to what he says," McFaul said in a panel discussion. "As you said at the top, he insults or allies, right when he's about to meet with them and embraces Putin. And I want to be clear, if there were some outcome to this strategy that led to better outcomes for the American people, right -- enhanced our security, enhanced our prosperity, I could applaud it. But there is no connection to these kinds of inane statements that he makes and advancing our national security interests."

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‘Hypocritical’ Republicans busted for disappearing now that Trump has exploded the deficit

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In a "Reality Check" segment on CNN on Thursday morning, contributor John Avlon called out GOP fiscal hawks who have suddenly disappeared from the public square now that a Republican president has exploded the national debt.

Introduced by host John Berman, who asked, "This morning new numbers from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) confirm it: The national debt and deficit are much worse than thought. So where is the party of fiscal responsibility in times like these?" Avlon broke it down.

"While President Trump was busy proclaiming himself 'the chosen one,' you might have missed more bad news in the form of data," Avlon smirked. "Brand new CBO numbers shows the budget deficit is skyrocketing, projected to rise 25 percent over last year and heading to over $1 trillion next year. Tax revenues are $430 billion below where they were expected to be before the Trump tax cuts while spending in is in drunken sailor territory adding $1.7 trillion in the next decade."

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