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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.

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.

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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.

“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.

“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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Joe Sestak is the 24th Democratic candidate to enter the 2020 race

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Former Pennsylvania Representative and 3-star general in the US Navy, Joe Sestak, 67, has made history - as the 24th candidate to seek the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

The field is already saturated with candidates young, old, black, white, gay, straight, and every descriptor in between. Diversity - it's a thing - and we embrace it. But 24?

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LGBTQ pride ‘forces’ people to accept ‘a perverted and non-biblical view of sexuality’: West Virginia Republican

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West Virginia state Sen. Mike Azinger penned an angry op-ed for the Parkersburg News and Sentinel, scorning the idea of LGBTQ acceptance and warning that it is a massive plot to indoctrinate people against Christian values.

"Tolerance, in the face of the violation of the commandments of God, is no virtue at all," said Azinger, a manager of a contracting firm with a master's degree in pastoral theology. He ripped into the local newspaper for covering an LGBTQ pride event the previous Saturday, thundering that, "Sexual deviancy is going mainstream."

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The Italian job: 2026 Winter Olympics will be staged in Milan/Cortina d’Ampezzo

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Milan/Cortina d'Ampezzo was named as hosts of the 2026 Winter Olympics on Monday, beating off a bid from Stockholm/Are in Sweden and giving Italy the showpiece event for the third time.

The 2026 Olympics will run from February 6-22, said the International Olympic Committee.

Italy has twice previously hosted the Winter Games -- in 1956 in Cortina d'Ampezzo and 2006 in Turin. Sweden has only hosted the Summer Olympics, in 1912 in Stockholm.

IOC members gave the Italian bid the nod by 47 votes to 34.

"It's an historic day and a victory of all Italians," said Italy's interior minister Matteo Salvini.

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