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Al Franken unloads on Mitch McConnell — who he blames for health care ‘disaster’

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MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough tried to tell Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) isn’t to blame for the dysfunction in Washington, D.C. Franken wasn’t having it.

“The fact that McConnell is going to a group of 13 Republicans behind closed doors, that to me is the very wrong way to do it,” Franken said about the GOP plans for health care. “This is a disaster, what came from the House anyway. I think this needs to be opened in a bipartisan way. I don’t think they are going to get the 50. He has said that; he doesn’t know if they will get the 50. I hope they start sooner rather than later. This is incredibly important.”

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Franken, who sits on the Senate Health, Education and Labor Committee, told Scarborough he wants it to be bipartisan after the “Morning Joe” host wondered why the bill couldn’t be.

“It’s one-sixth of the economy,” Scarborough said about healthcare. “Why can’t Republicans and Democrats get together and say, let’s figure this out together? What is the problem?”

“Ask Mitch McConnell,” Franken said flatly.

“It’s not just Mitch McConnell’s fault,” Scarborough insisted.

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“It is right now,” Franken replied.

Franken also noted that the one question he gets asked most often is whether being a senator is as much fun as working on “Saturday Night Live.”

“Of course not,” he said. But he did admit that his job as a senator is more rewarding because he can “help somebody.” He cited one of his first acts as an elected official working to get service dogs for veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Brian Williams compares Corey Lewandowski’s opening statement to the North Korean news lady

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MSNBC host Brian Williams on Tuesday noted the similarities between former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and North Korean news anchor Ri Chun Hee.

"Corey Lewandowski, the former Trump campaign manager who is now considering a Senate run in New Hampshire, testified before the House Judiciary Committee today," Williams reported. "It is likely his North Korean anchorwoman-quality opening remarks were meant were one viewer (Donald Trump)."

Ri, who has earned the nickname "Pink Lady," is known for her enthusiastic reading of government-approved news.

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‘Train-wreck of a witness’: Analysts nail ‘obstructive’ Corey Lewandowski for proving the Democrats’ case

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Political commentator Catherine Rampell disagreed with New York Times columnist Frank Bruni that the Democrats faltered during the hearing with Corey Lewandowski Tuesday. Former state and federal prosecutor Elie Honig called Lewandowski a "train-wreck of a witness."

She explained that Democrats had an extremely low bar: they had to prove Trump obstructed justice and that Corey Lewandowski gave one of the examples of such obstructions. In that sense, Rampell said they accomplished their goals.

"I don’t think this was a great day for Corey Lewandowski," she began. "This is a guy who went on TV and announced to the world -- apparently at the same time he is also trying to fundraise for Senate -- that he lies most of the time. Except when he's under oath."

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WATCH: Ana Navarro keeps shouting down Trump booster — even as CNN host cuts to commercial

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President Donald Trump cheered on his top Hispanic advisor Steve Cortes, who appeared before a New Mexico audience. Trump asked Cortes which he loved more, Hispanics or America, which prompted CNN's Ana Navarro to blast the president for racism. Meanwhile, Trump's latest CNN shill cried "political correctness."

"Look, I suspect he didn't want to offend Steve Cortes and I suspect Steve Cortes was not offended," Navarro said. "But really what a stupid thing to say. Right? To somehow ask the question about whether you love the country more than you love Hispanics -- they are one and the same."

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