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Rachel Maddow rips Trump for attacking Clinton over ‘woman card’

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Rachel Maddow discusses the latest presidential primaries on April 26, 2016. (MSNBC)

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow broke down on Tuesday the peril Donald Trump invited on Tuesday by painting Hillary Clinton as an unqualified presidential candidate.

“As our colleague and friend Nicolle Wallace pointed out earlier this evening, Donald Trump does have a general election problem,” Maddow told co-host Brian Williams. “Even if he gets this nomination, even if everything goes the way it has been for him during the primary as he heads toward the general election, he brings with him a big problem with women voters.”

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Earlier in the evening, Trump said he did not think Clinton would get “5 percent of the vote” if she were a man.

“The only thing she’s got going is the woman’s card,” he said. “And the beautiful thing is, women don’t like her.”

But as Vox noted, Trump is viewed unfavorably by more women than Clinton — 52 percent of respondents, compared to 39 percent — according to a survey taken by the nonpartisan firm Morning Consult.

“To say about the woman that you’re running against that the only reason she’s in the race is because she’s a woman — that her achievement is basically the result of some sort of affirmative action, some favor being paid to her as a woman — and that as a human being she is patently unqualified when she is the former two-term senator from New York and the former secretary of state and has the experience that she’s had, I do think that even a lot of Republican women will read that wrong.”

Trump won all five GOP primaries on Tuesday, while Clinton won four out of the five Democratic contests, which Maddow said puts them on a course toward meeting in the general election in “realpolitik,” if not according to their respective parties’ delegate tallies.

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


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Rod Rosenstein secretly crippled the Mueller investigation: report

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According to a report from the New York Times, former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had a hand in limiting the scope of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into ties between Donald Trump's 2016 campaign and the Russians by secretly curtailing an FBI counterintelligence probe.

The report from Michael Schmidt of the Times begins by stating, "The Justice Department secretly took steps in 2017 to narrow the investigation into Russian election interference and any links to the Trump campaign, according to former law enforcement officials," before adding, "But law enforcement officials never fully investigated Mr. Trump’s own relationship with Russia, even though some career F.B.I. counterintelligence investigators thought his ties posed such a national security threat that they took the extraordinary step of opening an inquiry into them."

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‘Meanest and most disrespectful’ senator: Trump lashes out at Kamala Harris in latest presser

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At Tuesday's White House press conference, President Donald Trump spent a considerable portion of the time attacking Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), who was just announced to be former Vice President Joe Biden's running mate.

Harris, complained Trump, was the "meanest and most disrespectful person in the U.S. Senate." He particularly dwelled on her sharp interrogation of Brett Kavanaugh during his Supreme Court hearings.

Trump also added that she "lied" about a number of issues, claimed repeatedly she wants to raise taxes, said she is for "open borders and sanctuary cities ... which is also protecting a large number of criminals," and that she would destroy the Second Amendment.

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California bill to establish nation’s second public bank applauded as ‘historic challenge to Wall Street domination’

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"If California is serious about addressing racial and income inequities, we must create a banking system that centers people not profits."

In a move advocacy groups celebrated as a "historic challenge to Wall Street domination of municipal finances," a pair of California state lawmakers on Thursday unveiled legislation that would establish the nation's second publicly-owned bank and empower the institution to lend to businesses and local governments fighting to stay afloat amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

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