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Maddow: Debating Sanders is ‘a hat trick, grand slam and slam dunk’ all at once for Trump

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MSNBC host Rachel Maddow argued on Thursday that the prospect of a debate between Sen. Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump was “a hat trick, a grand slam and a slam dunk all in one” for the Republican presidential nominee.

“In fact, the better Bernie Sanders looks in a debate with Donald Trump, the better it is in the long run for Donald Trump. Because that would only elevate Bernie Sanders’ standing in the ongoing Democratic primary — which is still ongoing,” she said.

While Sanders has no chance of winning the Democratic nomination from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, she said, Trump faces no risk at all after garnering the necessary 1,237 delegates for his party more than a month before the GOP convention in Cleveland.

She also found it “very strange” that Democrats could allow Trump to hijack their party’s primary, comparing it to the prospect of President Barack Obama agreeing in 2012 to debate Newt Gingrich instead of then-Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney during the Republican primary campaign.

“It would have been a hilarious, hilarious play in the other party’s primary,” she said. “A giant cross-party dirty trick.”

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

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Beto O’Rourke calls for a ‘war tax’ in release of health care plan for veterans

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The Democratic presidential candidate uses his eighth policy announcement to focus on an area that he prioritized in Congress.

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke on Monday morning released a plan to improve the lives of veterans, returning to an area of priority during his time in the U.S. House for his latest 2020 policy rollout.

In keeping with measures he supported in Congress, the plan calls for a "responsible end" to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — reinvesting $1 out of every $2 saved in veterans programs — and the creation of a Veterans Health Care Trust Fund for each future war. The fund would be paid for by a "war tax" on households without service members or veterans.

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Elections 2016

Conservative Ben Shapiro tweeted something many found offensive — so now he’s calling his critics ‘garbage’

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Right wing "thought leader" Ben Shapiro appeared today to say not using the "N" word is nearly impossible as he defended conservative, pro-gun teen Kyle Kashuv, one of the Parkland survivors who just had his acceptance to Harvard rescinded over his racist remarks, which included repeated use of the "N" word.

To be clear, Shapiro denies that's what he meant.

Here is Shapiro on Twitter, in what many took as him appearing to call not using the "N" word – in Kashuv's case, repeatedly, over and over and over again, "an insane, cruel standard no one can possibly meet."

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Obsessed Trump: ‘Only fake polls show us behind’ Democrats. Fox News: 5 Dems would beat him

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President Donald Trump is obsessed with polls – but not facts – and increasingly so. He just fired his internal pollsters after leaked internal poll numbers show devastating lossesfor Trump in key battleground states.

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