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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.

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“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.”

“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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Feds now probing Giuliani’s links to Ukrainian natural gas projects – and if he profited from them

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Federal investigators are now probing the ties of the President's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, into Ukrainian energy projects, and if he stood to gain financially in a business venture headed by his two "henchmen" who are now in jail.

The two associates infamously aided Giuliani's efforts in Ukraine to launch investigations into Joe Biden and Hunter Biden in an attempt to assist President Donald Trump's re-election efforts, The Wall Street Journal reports.

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Fears grow on digital surveillance: US survey

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Americans are increasingly fearful of monitoring of their online and offline activities, both by governments and private companies, a survey showed Friday.

The Pew Research Center report said more than 60 percent of US adults believe it is impossible to go about daily life without having personal information collected by companies or the government.

Most Americans are uneasy about how their data is collected and used: 79 percent said they are not comfortable about the handling of their information by private firms, and 69 percent said the same of the government.

Seven in 10 surveyed said they think their personal data is less secure than five years ago, while only six percent said it is more secure, the report found.

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CNN legal analysts rip apart Jim Jordan’s ‘nonsensical’ defense of Trump witness intimidation

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CNN legal analyst Elie Honig blasted Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) for arguing that President Donald Trump hadn't engaged in witness intimidation by tweeting attacks on a former ambassador as she testified against him in the impeachment inquiry.

Jordan argued the tweet can't be witness intimidation because Marie Yovanovitch wouldn't have known about the attack if Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) hadn't read it to her, but Honig said the GOP lawmaker's claim was ridiculous.

"His point is nonsensical," Honig said. "Of course, she was going to find out about a tweet that went out to 60 million people-plus. The law covers any way you look regarding timing."

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