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‘What stories are phony?’: Don Lemon nails GOP pundits when they can’t give ‘fake news’ examples

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In an interview with Fox News this week, Donald Trump’s Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said that the White House is too often distracted by fielding off phony stories. That was his excuse for the reason that the president has been unable to achieve as much as other presidents have during his first month in office.

“When you have to spend half your day putting out phony stories, that becomes a distraction,” Priebus told “Fox and Friends.”

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But when host Don Lemon asked conservative panelists Paris Denard and Andrew Bauer to name the “phony stories” they had trouble coming up with them.

“It doesn’t matter what the — what he does, it’s always negative,” Bauer responded.

“I’m asking what story specifically is phony or fake?” Lemon asked again.

“That’s he and Putin have a love fest for example,” Bauer said. “You keep pounding they have a bromance.”

The panel remarked that Trump compliments Putin every opportunity he gets. They refused to accept that the Russia story was “fake.”

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“Ok, go on, give me the next one. What’s the next one?” Lemon asked.

“Where are the accolades for what Netanyahu actually said about Trump?” Bauer asked.

“Priebus talking about phony stories. Can anyone give me an example?” Lemon asked again.

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“I don’t want to speak for Reince Priebus,” Bauer replied. “I don’t know what stories he’s talking about.”

Lemon turned to Dennard who gave the example that Priebus and senior advisor Steve Bannon are fighting and that there is general White House in-fighting.

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Lemon dismissed it saying that no one can confirm or deny the story is real or fake and that in-fighting happens in every White House without exception.

Ultimately, they concluded that Lemon should simply ask Priebus to come on the show and explain what he meant. Dennard maintained that Lemon did exactly what Priebus was talking about with regard to the media.

“They call it phony stories that they don’t like,” Democratic strategist Maria Cardona said. “Stories that paint Donald Trump like this person in the White House who is completely incapable of governing unfit and walking around the White House in a bathrobe.”

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Mitch McConnell’s effort to sabotage Trump impeachment could hit this brick wall

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and his GOP allies have signaled that they might pass a highly partisan set of rules designed to sabotage an impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, which might include everything from time limits on Democrats trying to submit evidence, to a parallel public investigation of former Vice President Joe Biden to make Trump's Ukraine behavior look legitimate.

But on MSNBC's "AM Joy," justice and security analyst Matthew Miller walked host Joy Reid through how difficult such a package of rules could be to pass — and how even a small defection of senators from his caucus could block it.

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World leaders mocked Trump because they’re tired of his ‘center of attention’ act: MSNBC guest

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During an MSNBC segment on President Donald Trump's abrupt departure from NATO talks in London after video was released of world leaders making fun of him, an MSNBC guest said those same leaders have become tired of his act.

Speaking with host David Gura, the LA Times Eli Stokols said international diplomats have realized there is no dealing with the president who is in his own world and just wants attention..

"Your colleague had a great line: 'This is a president who views norms like a teenager views curfews,'" Gura began.

"Well, he likes going to these things and blowing them up and being the center of attention," Stokols replied.

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Trump slammed for lawless obstruction of Congress: ‘He’s taken a sledgehammer to the Constitution’

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On CNN Saturday, former Rep. Elizabeth Holtzman (D-NY), who voted for the articles of impeachment against President Richard Nixon, discussed the path forward for impeaching President Donald Trump.

"We know moderate Democrats are a bit frustrated with leadership over potentially expanding the scope of their consideration, maybe the Mueller report findings and drawing up these articles of impeachment," said anchor Victor Blackwell. "Do you think it's a mistake not to include anything beyond the Ukraine matter?"

"Yes," said Holtzman. "I think it would be a mistake, although, you know, I'm still at a distance, and the members of the committee really have to, who have been digging into this deeply have the best feel, but my sense is that the, what the president did is so egregious, not just with regard to Ukraine, but what part of what's bad about his activities in Ukraine, is that he's taken a sledgehammer to the Constitution by saying that Congress has no right to get information, and he's cut off his committee, his administration from, and ordered and directed them not to cooperate with the committee in any way."

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