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Bernie Sanders: Look beneath the surface when Trump attacks people

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) weighed in on President-elect Trump’s feud with Union Leader Chuck Jones Thursday Night in an MSNBC interview.

“What can we say?” he asked host Chris Hayes, noting that, after being appalled by Trump’s actions for over a year, “The words ‘incredible,’ and ‘unbelievable’ are no longer applicable to Mr. Trump…he does one crazy thing after another.”

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But the attack on the union leader was personal to Sanders, who had breakfast with Jones on Election Day this year.

“To attack a local labor leader in Indianapolis who has fought valiantly for his workers to protect the jobs of his steel workers is really unbelievable,” Sanders remarked, urging critics to not be fooled by appearances. “As is usually the case with Mr. Trump, there’s more beneath the surface.”

“That is what I think [Trump] was really doing; sending a message to the entire trade union movement.. ‘Do not stand up and fight for working people, we’re going to go after you,'” Sanders continued, adding that “We need to grow the trade union movement in America, we need to make it easier for workers to be able to engage in collective bargaining and what Trump is saying is exactly the opposite.”

According to Sanders, “Chuck [Jones] has done a great job” and was completely in the right.

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“More than half of the jobs are still going to be outsourced,” Sanders explained, sharing Jones’ frustration. “Trump told us he was going to stand up to large corporations outsourcing [jobs]. What he ended up doing in the case of United Technologies and Carrier is giving them a tax break.. Chuck Jones told the truth.”

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Betsy DeVos, Ben Carson send anti-trans signals to Trump’s evangelical base

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While Trump grabs headlines, his Cabinet members quietly use transphobia to shore up white evangelical support

The white evangelical vote is almost certainly a lock for Donald Trump in 2020, but it appears the president is taking no chances of losing this critical voting block. One major part of that strategy appears to be quietly deploying his Cabinet members, especially those associated with the Christian right, to generate stories highlighting the Trump administration's overt bigotry toward trans people, and its eagerness to deprive trans Americans of basic rights.

Just this week, both Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson snagged coverage by making community visits that were ostensibly for noble purposes, but were clearly meant to signal to Christian right voters their hostility to trans rights.

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Intelligence official directly contradicts Trump administration’s excuses for suppressing whistleblower

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A top official in the intelligence community has disputed the factual basis for the Trump administration’s suppression of a whistleblower complaint believed to regard the potential misconduct of the president himself, a new letter released Thursday revealed.

The letter was made public by House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA). He is locked into a fierce and potentially explosive dispute with an array of forces within the administration to obtain the complaint, which was made through proper channels by an intelligence official last month to the community’s inspector general. Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson determined that the complaint was “credible” and “urgent,” and subsequent reporting from the Washington Post found that it concerns a “promise” made by Trump in communication with a foreign leader.

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Longtime GOP strategist explains why his party is getting crushed in the war of ideas

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Republican strategist Stuart Stevens on Wednesday warned the GOP that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) might not be a pushover candidate against President Donald Trump in 2020.

Writing on Twitter, Stevens admitted that he had "no idea" if Warren would beat Trump next year, but he did say that "Trump and supporters are destroying [the] credibility of any center-right argument" thanks to Trump's "corrupt and unstable" governance.

When one of Stevens' followers said that Warren would not be able to fulfill her promises just by taxing the wealthy, he countered that this idea is still more popular than anything Republicans are championing.

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