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White House aides despair over ‘facelift’ tweet: At least you’re not reporting ‘we’re going to kill millions’

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White House aides darkly welcomed President Donald Trump’s petty Twitter feud with MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski as a distraction from more serious political issues, such as the health care bill and the Russia investigation.

The president reacted to Brzezinski’s criticism Thursday on “Morning Joe,” where she suggested that his Twitter attacks were symptoms of possible mental problems, by tweeting out a series of vicious insults against the TV news commentator.

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First Lady Melania Trump and deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended the president, who they described as a victim of media “bullies,” but White House staffers were privately downcast, reported The Daily Beast.

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“At least you’re writing [about] this and not that we’re going to kill millions of people,” one White House official told the website, glumly welcoming the distraction from negative coverage of the Republican health care bill.

White House aides have tried, but mostly failed, to keep Trump from watching cable TV news and tweeting angrily about what he sees.

“This is who the president is,” one official told The Daily Beast.

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Republican Kevin McCarthy gets taken down by former top GOP colleague

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Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was attacked by a former Republican colleague who alleged McCarthy and his fellow members of Congress have allowed the House GOP to become the official shill for the White House.

In a profile for the New York Times, former Oversight Committee Chairman Tom Davis (R-VA) shamed the GOP House for the way that a once-respectable institution has fallen.

“Congress no longer operates as an independent branch of government, but as an appendage of the executive branch,” said Davis. “He is made for that role.”

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Former senator reveals to Maddow how one brave Democrat can reveal key document in impeachment trial

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Near the end of Wednesday's impeachment trial, Chief Justice John Roberts announced that an agreement had been made to allow senators to read supplemental testimony from Vice President Mike Pence aide Jennifer Williams.

The document will remain classified, despite claims that there is no classified material in the document, only evidence that is damning to the president.

"In terms of this document potentially being improperly classified, which is something that has been raised in writing by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and raised on the floor of the Senate tonight by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)," MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow noted. "Obviously, it was the vice president's office that said it was classified, they are getting publicly criticized for that. If it has been improperly classified and it should be something that the public can see, who adjudicates that?"

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Florida Republican Matt Gaetz admits Trump’s legal defense was ‘like an 8th grade book report’ — only worse

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Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) admitted that President Donald Trump's team of lawyers weren't quite the legal eagles that he thinks they might be, said Politico reporter Andrew Desiderio.

Questioned about his take on the way the case is unfolding in the Senate, Gaetz said that the House presented it like it was going to be on "cable news." For many that may be an insult, but it appears to Gaetz that was a compliment.

Desiderio said that Gaetz then lamented that the White House presented their case more like “an 8th-grade book report.”

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