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Morning Joe: ‘The messaging and the morality of the GOP health care bill are deplorable’

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MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough was disgusted by House Republicans who voted for a bill they hadn’t even read that could strip health care for millions and then celebrated in the Rose Garden with President Donald Trump.

The “Morning Joe” host took a break from blasting Republican lawmakers on his TV show to tweet out strong criticism of the legislation, how it was passed and their reaction to its narrow passage.

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Co-host Mika Brzezinski compared the White House victory party to a “golf course ribbon-cutting,” and Scarborough said it was a “country club with restrictive membership.

“Obviously, you have to be white and a male to be there,” he said.

Then he ripped GOP lawmakers for going along with a possibly doomed bill that served little purpose but to hand President Donald Trump something like a legislative victory.

“You can look at every one of those Republican leaders that were in Donald Trump’s background shot, serving as his stand-up that — basically his stand-ups for a prop — and every single one of those men — I just say men because,” Scarborough said, before Brzezinski cut in.

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“There’s a woman there, but she has her head down, smartly,” Brzezinski said. “She actually has a brain, she knows this is bad.”

“Every one of those men standing by, I guarantee you, at one point, said, if you’re a conservative, you need to get a Congressional Budget Office score,” Scarborough continued. “You need to know how much a bill costs, you need to know the impact of the bill, you have to actually read the bill.”

He said the vote was intended only to set up a photo opportunity for Trump — but he said the consequences could be literally fatal for many Americans.

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“This was about a press conference, but for tens of millions of Americans, many who voted for him, who are struggling to take care of their children, who are struggling to take care of their parents, who are struggling to take care of their grandparents, this really is an issue of life and death,” Scarborough said. “And so many people that voted for this bill voted without reading the bill, voted without having a CBO score and voted without having any idea what impact it would have.”


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Iran accuses foreign forces of raising Gulf ‘insecurity’ — but doesn’t mention Trump by name

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President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday denounced the presence of foreign forces in the Gulf and said Iran will present a peace plan, after its arch-foe Washington ordered reinforcements to the tense region.

"Foreign forces can cause problems and insecurity for our people and for our region," Rouhani said before a military parade commemorating the Iran-Iraq war.

Rouhani also said Iran would present a peace plan to the United Nations within days.

"In this sensitive and important historical moment, we announce to our neighbours that we extend the hand of friendship and brotherhood to them," he said.

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Trump holds mass rally with Indian Prime Minister that was more like a campaign event than official one

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US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday declared themselves united in a relentless fight against "terrorism," vowing a close, personal alliance in front of tens of thousands of Indian-Americans.

The two leaders, like-minded nationalists fond of fiery rallies and skeptical of traditional media, heaped praise on each other in an unusual joint appearance inside a football stadium in Houston.

To the bhangra beats of four drummers in saffron turbans, Trump in his dark suit and Modi in a yellow kurta and vest made a grand entrance with arms clenched together to ecstatic cheers from a crowd estimated by organizers at 50,000.

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Here’s how the law governing whistleblowers applies to the Trump Ukraine complaint

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This week it was revealed that President Donald Trump did something so concerning that an intelligence staffer felt the need to report the incident and file for whistleblower protections.

Trump asked Ukraine to look into scandals about former Vice President Joe Biden's son Hunter. For nearly a year, Trump's former attorney Rudy Giuliani was admittedly working to persuade officials in Ukraine to find "dirt" on the Bidens that they could use in the election. While the accusations against the younger Biden have been disproven, it's suspected, but not confirmed, that this was the incident detailed in the complaint.

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