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‘Please stop lying’: Morning Joe says GOP looks ‘stupid’ with dishonest defense of health care vote

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MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough said House Republicans had made fools of themselves by voting for a deeply flawed health care bill and then lied about its contents.

The “Morning Joe” host said the American Health Care Act had handed Democrats an easy line of attack for the midterm elections, because the bill cuts more than $800 billion from Medicaid and hands those savings to the wealthiest Americans in the form of tax cuts.

“Republicans, as we have been warning from the start, you have just played into the Democrats’ hands, because you had a day trader who was trying to get a rally in the Rose Garden,” Scarborough said. “He got his rally, now you’ve got a hell of a fight on your hands, or else Nancy Pelosi is going to be Speaker of the House. I hope it was worth it for you, because it was a really stupid move.”

Scarborough hammered GOP lawmakers for rushing the bill through without a Congressional Budget Office review of its costs and impact, and then misleading the public about what little was known about the measure.

“Please don’t lie,” Scarborough said. “Please stop saying on TV that liberals are the ones asking for a CBO score. You’ve asked for a CBO score for years. I know because I was there with you asking for a CBO score for years. Don’t vote on a bill if you don’t know the bill’s cost, and don’t reorder the economy, one-sixth of the economy, if you don’t know even what is inside the bill.”

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“That’s what we made fun of Nancy Pelosi for seven, eight years now,” he added. “You look stupid, and you did it all because the guy at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue wanted a press conference. It was worth it for him, but you just made your life more difficult.”

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WATCH: Trump apologist goes down in flames when he claims Democrats don’t get attacked like Trump

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Former White House advisor Matt Mowers went down in flames trying to claim Democrats call everyone a racist when they don't agree with them. He had to go back 15 years to find an example, but still never fully explained what the example was.

In a panel discussion with MSNBC's Kasie Hunt, Mowers employed the "what about" strategy, spinning the idea that Trump's racist remarks were justified because Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) used an anti-Semitic trope. To be fair, Omar apologized and met with community leaders and officials to better understand anti-Semitism. Trump can't even admit when he did something wrong, much less racist.

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Congress should ask Mueller these specific questions about Trump’s involvement with Russia: Conservative columnist

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Conservative Never-Trump columnist Jennifer Rubin outlined the essential questions that Democrats should ask special counsel Robert Mueller in an op-ed for the Washington Post.

"Rather than engage in the normal scattershot questioning punctuated by speechifying, the House Judiciary Committee should assign its able attorney Norman Eisen to conduct the questioning," proposed Rubin. "Members could then follow up with additional questions.'

One question she proposed asking: "Mr. Mueller, the attorney general said you did not find 'collusion.' However, you did not look for collusion. Please explain what you looked for and how that differs from [Attorney General William] Barr’s assertion that you essentially cleared President Trump of collusion?"

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Trump plays ‘small ball’ because he can’t get a big hit on anything: Democratic Congressman

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Rep. Anthony Brown (D-MD) accused the president of being unable to hit a home run on any of the promises he made in 2016. Instead, he's playing "small ball."

Using a baseball metaphor, Brown explained that President Donald Trump isn't exactly the heavy hitter he wants to pretend he is.

"I think the president is playing political small-ball. He's a small-baller on the political field," said Brown in an MSNBC interview. "What I mean by that is he gets no big wins, home runs or base hits when it comes to health care and infrastructure or any other important policy matters that the American people have focused on."

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