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Chuck Todd: GOP alliances ‘dramatically breaking down’ despite being majority in Congress

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MSNBC host Chuck Todd addressed the unrest in Reublican-led Congress, as President Donald Trump’s feud with GOP caucus members continues.

“There’s fire in the Republican party right now,” Todd said. “In addition to the Russian cloud bogging down everything, the White House agenda is a mess and party alliances are dramatically breaking down.”

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Todd pointed out President Trump’s seeming declaration of war on members of his own party for killing the GOP healthcare plan, “threatening to fight [Republican] hardliners … in the 2018 mid-terms.” Trump singled out three Republican senators in particular, in the following tweet.

Todd noted, “hardliners responded today with open defiance.” He then played a clip of Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) being questioned by reporters about whether Trump’s tweets were “an actual negotiating tactic” and whether it’s constructive.

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“I mean, it’s constructive in fifth grade,” Amash replied. And after House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) warned Freedom Caucus conservatives on Thursday to not allow the president to “strike a deal with Democrats,” Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) slammed Ryan on Twitter.

He wrote the following:

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“So, some moderate Republicans in the House have now decided to freeze out conservatives,” said Todd.

Watch the full clip below. 

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Billionaire Trump-loving governor took $125,000 in bailouts meant for struggling farmers: report

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On Thursday, the Associated Press reported that Gov. Jim Justice (R-WV) received $125,000 in emergency stabilization payments for his farms, as part of the bailout program authorized by President Donald Trump to help farmers avoid losses due to the trade war with China.

Justice, a Trump-loving business magnate who briefly switched to the Democratic Party to run for governor of West Virginia and switched back to the GOP after the election, hardly fits the profile of a struggling farmer. He is worth $1.5 billion, and owns over 50 businesses, including a network of coal mines and the Greenbriar luxury resort, a popular gathering place for Republican officials.

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Here’s why Sondland’s testimony is devastating to Trump — whether he wants it to be or not

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Veteran Newsweek reporter Kurt Eichenwald outlined in a thread that EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland delivered testimony to the House that was devastating for President Donald Trump whether Sondland wanted it to be or not.

"While wrapped in diplomatic-speak and hemming-and-hawing, the statement of Gordon Sondland, U.S. ambassador to European Union, is devastating to Trump and Giuliani," Eichenwald said. "Given the surrounding evidence, either Giuliani has to say he lied to Sondland, or Trump has to be impeached it is important to dig through it, because, while quite clear on most dates, it takes jumping a bit around in the statement to figure out the date of the key event."

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Trump’s EU ambassador is using the ‘Don Jr. defense’ of being too dumb to break the law: national security expert

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Gordon Sondland, the man whom President Donald Trump appointed to be his ambassador to the European Union, told congressional investigators on Thursday that he didn't understand that President Donald Trump might be holding up establishing direct contact with Ukraine's government unless the government agreed to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden.

However, given that the president did ask him to run all Ukraine policy through attorney Rudy Giuliani, and given that Giuliani was already publicly boasting about trying to get Ukraine to probe Biden, Sondland's testimony raises the question of what he actually believed the president's intentions were in withholding aid to the country this past summer.

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