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Navarro aghast at reports Trump may appoint Steve Bannon: Can I ‘set my hair on fire?’

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During a panel on CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper Thursday, Ana Navarro reacted to reports that Breitbart executive chairman Steve Bannon is Donald Trump’s top choice for chief of staff, asking, “do you have a match somewhere so that I can set my hair on fire?”

“You don’t approve is what I am guessing,” Tapper replied.

“I don’t approve and I suspect a lot of Republicans in congress don’t approve,” Navarro replied, noting the chief of staff “sets the tone” for the incoming administration. Pressed on why she doesn’t approve, Navarro asked Tapper, “do you know Steve Bannon?”

Navarro called Bannon “polarizing,” noting he’s been critical of not just Democrats, but also many Republicans (Bannon once referred to Republican leadership as “c*nts” in an exchange with Breitbart reporter Matt Boyle). Bannon—who left Breitbart temporarily last summer to become the Trump campaign’s chief executive officer—describes his website as “the platform for the alt-right.”

Navarro said if he chooses Bannon it’s “sending very strong message” that the Trump administration is “not going to represent everybody.”

In response, commentator Kayleigh McEnany said Bannon is “on the forefront of the movement,” and choosing him “shows [Trump’s] going to stick to his roots.”

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“It might not be a surprise to anybody, but I’m in mourning,” former Bernie Sanders national press secretary Symone Sanders replied. “We’re about to put the alt-right in the White House. To give Steve Bannon… Breitbart did identify some of the economic anxiety, but it also identified some of the white supremacy, some of the racism, xenophobia, the sexism—“

“You’re forgetting anti-semitism,” Navarro interjected.

“To put that as the chief of people’s house? I just can’t,” Sanders said.

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BUSTED: Trump super PAC accused of lying to government about the source of mysterious $325,000 donation

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According to a report from the Daily Beast's "Pay Dirt" investigative unit, a Super PAC affiliated with President Donald Trump has some explaining to do about a $375,000 donation that was wrongly attributed to one company -- but wire transfers tell a completely different story.

As the Beast notes, "The super PAC America First Action reported receiving a $325,000 contribution last year from a company called Global Energy Producers. But records released in federal court this week indicate that contribution came from an entirely different company," adding that the discrepancy was pointed out by the  Campaign Legal Center which labeled it a violation of federal campaign-finance laws.

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Senate delivers stinging bipartisan rebuke to Trump — and blocks Saudi arms sales

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The Trump White House suffered a stinging defeat on Thursday when a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers voted to block sales of American arms to Saudi Arabia.

The vote in favor of blocking the arms sales received affirmative votes from all Senate Democrats, as well as votes from Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Susan Collins (R-ME), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Rand Paul (R-KY), Mike Lee (R-UT) and Todd Young (R-IN).

Graham, who is usually one of President Donald Trump's staunchest allies, said he voted for the bill because he believed the United States could not ignore the behavior of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman, as well as the Saudi government's killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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Panicked GOP leaders scrambling to get Jeff Sessions to run for Senate so they won’t be saddled with Roy Moore

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According to a 2020 election analysis in the Washington Post, top Republican Senate leaders are cringing at the notion that former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore could be their nominee for the seat currently being held by Democrat Sen. Doug Jones -- and are looking for a way out.

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