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‘It was a dog and pony show’: Sen Tammy Duckworth torches Trump’s North Korea briefing

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Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) on Wednesday poured cold water on the White House’s “classified briefing” on North Korea, noting the only thing Donald Trump accomplished was “putting 100 people on three buses and tying up traffic in Washington D.C.”

“I seriously felt like I could have gotten all that information by reading a newspaper,” Duckworth told Anderson Cooper, adding she felt the whole charade was a “dog and pony show.”

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Duckworth said the driving force behind the White House’s decision was the looming deadline for Trump’s 100 days in office.

“It’s quite remarkable that they bussed 100 senators over there, and the very same team that briefed us came back to the Capitol to brief the 400+ members of Congress,” Duckworth explained, adding, “there wasn’t anything new in their briefing either”

Duckworth noted there’s “not a room at the White House … that’s big enough for 100 senators”—though there is a designated chamber for classified briefings at the Capitol.

Cooper asked the senator if she thought the briefing served as a “photo op or something else to accomplish” by Trump’s 100 days.

“They successfully accomplished putting 100 people on three buses and tying up traffic in Washington D.C,” Duckworth said.

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Joni Ernst accused of involvement in ‘dark money’ re-election scheme: report

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According to a report from the Associated Press, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) has been accused of illegally working with an outside group to help her re-election prospects in a tough 2020 fight with Donald Trump on the ballot.

According to AP: "An outside group founded by top political aides to Sen. Joni Ernst has worked closely with the Iowa Republican to raise money and boost her reelection prospects, a degree of overlap that potentially violates the law."

'Iwa Values, a political nonprofit that is supposed to be run independently, was co-founded in 2017 by Ernst’s longtime consultant, Jon Kohan. It shares a fundraiser, Claire Holloway Avella, with the Ernst campaign," the report continued. "And a condo owned by a former aide — who was recently hired to lead the group — was used as Iowa Values’ address at a time when he worked for her."

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Mike Pompeo under increasing scrutiny as as Trump impeachment ramps up: report

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On Saturday, WVAS Radio's Scott Simon profiled Secretary of State Mike Pompeo — and how the impeachment investigation is shaping his political situation.

"As the impeachment inquiry against President Trump continues its march through Congress, questions are churning around his secretary of state, Mike Pompeo," wrote Simon. "For example, did he know, as witnesses testified before House investigators, that President Trump sought political favors from Ukraine in exchange for millions in U.S. assistance? Why did he take days to reveal he was on the now infamous July 25 call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy? And does he believe allies of the president who — despite the findings of the intelligence community — claim that Ukraine, not Russia, interfered in the 2016 election?"

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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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