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Trump spokesman crashes and burns when CNN’s Chris Cuomo asks him to explain candidate’s sarcasm

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Less than an hour after his boss backtracked on fingering President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton as the “founders” of the Islamic State militant group, a Donald Trump surrogate went on CNN to pick up the pieces.

Michael Cohen, an executive vice president in the Trump Organization, appeared on CNN less than an hour after his boss tweeted that his claims, which he repeatedly insisted were serious, were actually just a mystifying attempt at sarcasm.

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CNN’s Chris Cuomo asked Cohen to explain Trump’s comments, and the campaign spokesman accidentally betrayed that he’d been sent to appear on “New Day” with no idea of what his boss wanted him to say.

“I think the best thing would be if Mr. Trump called in (and) had the conversation with you himself,” Cohen said.

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Cuomo quickly interjected, saying he welcomed the Republican presidential nominee’s explanation “anytime” — which seemed to surprise Cohen.

“I mean, there’s nobody better to answer Mr. Trump than Mr. Trump,” Cohen said.

Cuomo asked if the candidate’s strange explanation for his conflicting claims about a deadly serious topic should sow any doubts in voters’ minds about Trump’s trustworthiness.

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“I think you do take him at his word for everything,” Cohen said.

“But that’s how we got into this situation,” Cuomo responded.

After a pause, Cohen said he watched Cuomo grill another campaign surrogate Thursday on Trump’s claims about Obama, Clinton and ISIS.

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“I watched your show yesterday with Mayor (Rudy) Giuliani, and what he was talking about is how the mainstream media wants to pick on every single word,” Cohen said. “Again, I think Mr. Trump will answer this question better than anybody else.”

Trump, according to a follow-up tweet posted more than an hour later, seems to prefer being inscrutable.

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‘I don’t care’: Watch Kamala Harris shut down Chris Hayes for asking a dumb question about Trump

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Sen. Kamala Harris shut down MSNBC anchor Chris Hayes during a post-debate interview on Tuesday evening.

Hayes questioned Harris about her call for Twitter to follow their terms of service and kick President Donald Trump off of the platform.

"Do you think he puts people’s lives in danger when he targets them in tweets?" Hayes asked.

"Absolutely," Harris replied.

"Do you think he knows that?" Hayes asked.

"Does it matter?" Harris replied.

"The fact is he did it. The fact is that he is irresponsible, he is erratic," she explained. "He is like a 2-year-old with a machine gun."

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Democrats blast Trump and demand his impeachment at CNN debate

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Democratic White House hopefuls united in searing condemnation of Donald Trump during their fourth debate Tuesday, saying the president has broken the law, abused his power, and deserves to be impeached.

From the opening moments, most of the dozen candidates on stage launched fierce broadsides against Trump over the Ukrainian scandal at the heart of the impeachment inquiry.

"The impeachment must go forward," said Senator Elizabeth Warren, who is neck and neck with former vice president Joe Biden at the head of the 2020 nominations race.

"Impeachment is the way that we establish that this man will not be permitted to break the law over and over without consequences," she thundered.

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Here are 3 winners and 4 losers from the CNN/NYT Democratic presidential primary debate

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Twelve Democrats took to the stage Tuesday night for yet another debate in the party's 2020 president primary hosted by CNN and the New York Times.

After only ten candidates qualified for the previous debate, an additional two — Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and wealthy donor and former hedge fund manager Tom Steyer — made it to the stage this round for an even more crowded event.

The candidates discussed a range of important policy issues, but since the format was a debate, and they're all competing for the same nomination, it is ultimately most critical who won and who lost the night. Here are three winners and four losers — necessarily a subjective assessment, of course — from the debate:

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