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‘He’s in a dark place’: Morning Joe panel agrees Trump has given Steve Bannon the kiss of death

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A “Morning Joe” panel agreed President Donald Trump’s remarks in a New York Post interview likely spelled trouble for White House chief strategist Steve Bannon.

The president qualified his praise for Bannon by saying, “I like Steve, but,” and Trump told a reporter that he asked the former Breitbart News chief to patch up his relationship with Jared Kushner, another top aide who is married to Ivanka Trump.

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Host Joe Scarborough, a ceaseless critic of Bannon, faulted the strategist for claiming credit for Trump’s success — and the president reminded reporters that he’d come aboard the campaign after his nomination was in hand.

“It’s not Steve Bannon’s worldview, it’s Donald Trump’s world view and it has been Donald Trump’s worldview,” Scarborough said. “The difference between Jared Kushner and Steve Bannon is, Jared Kushner will do what Donald Trump wants him to do. Steve Bannon wants everybody to know he’s the puppet master.”

MSNBC’s Katy Tur, who covered the Trump campaign, said the fundamental problem with the administration is no one knows what the president wants because he’s not committed to any ideology and pursues policies on a whim.

“He can change his mind any moment and tweet something, and everybody has to scramble to find a policy to go with it,” she said.

A source told Tur that Bannon was “in a dark place right now,” as he feuds with Kushner, the president’s trusted aide and son-in-law.

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“I will give you the lay of the land here,” Tur said. “So there are two major things that are going on right now. One of them, for Steve Bannon, is that the family is against him, as has been reported pretty widely. Jared Kushner, Ivanka, etc.”

“Secondly, that the poll numbers are not good,” she continued. “Donald Trump pays attention to poll numbers, he’s very aware of them. He might not acknowledge that they’re bad, he might try to sugarcoat them in public, but he’s very aware of public perception of him. Those two things are going wrong.”

Tur said sources compared Bannon’s predicament to former campaign officials Paul Manafort and Corey Lewandowski, who were forced out, respectively, over alleged Russian ties and for manhandling a woman reporter on video.

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“You know, the real problem began, and insiders don’t know why, the real problem began when (Bannon) started attacking Kushner to third parties a couple weeks ago,” Scarborough said.


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Bill Barr: Donald Trump’s one-man wrecking crew has big dreams

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I must have heard the words "historic day" uttered a hundred times on Tuesday and it wasn't hyperbole. The Democratic leadership announced that they have decided to charge President Donald Trump with two articles of impeachment, one for abuse of power and one for obstruction of Congress. The process is proceeding at a breakneck speed and should be concluded within the next month or so.  I have no idea what any of the players intend to do after that, but I have a sneaking suspicion Trump will be happy to carry on with his own "impeachment" of the Democrats and he's got a very powerful collaborator ready to do all he can to help: Attorney General William Barr.

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‘Will surely trigger’ the ‘snowflake crowd’: Internet celebrates climate activist Greta Thunberg as TIME’s Person of the Year

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I thought Democrats were making a giant mistake on impeachment — but these experts changed my mind

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On Tuesday, Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives announced that they would move forward with two articles of impeachment — involving abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — against President Donald Trump.

At first, I shared the frustration of many liberals and progressives that these articles are too limited in scope, and leave a great many of Trump’s apparent misdeeds unmentioned. But further reflection and exchanges with legal experts have convinced me that appearance is misleading. In fact, Democrats have performed a deft feat. In a single stroke — OK, two strokes — they have elevated the process of holding Trump accountable above the realm of partisan politics, and have also given the Democratic nominee (whoever that is) an excellent case to use against Trump in next year’s presidential election. The challenge for Democrats going forward will be to keep that nonpartisan outlook in mind — while understanding that, ultimately and unfortunately, the only possible way to hold Trump accountable will be through partisan politics.

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