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‘He can’t fire anybody’: Republican explains why Bannon and Priebus should tell Scaramucci to ‘piss off’

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The former spokesman for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said Anthony Scaramucci is woefully unqualified for — and should be disqualified from — his job as White House communications director before he officially starts.

Scaramucci called a reporter this week and gave a lengthy and profane interview attacking White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and chief of staff Reince Priebus, who he accused of being a leaker.

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The financier-turned-White House official later said he mistakenly trusted the reporter, who said Scaramucci never told him the conversation was off the record — and former Cruz spokesman Rick Tyler said the interview was full of inexcusable mistakes.

“A, he does not know what a leak is, B, he does not know what the law is, C, he doesn’t know what levels of attribution are, which is on the record and off the record,” Tyler told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

Scaramucci is selling his stake in SkyBridge Capital, but the transaction isn’t final and he may be ineligible to receive a capital gains tax deferment after he was passed over for an administration position in January.

“He shouldn’t even be in the White House — he has a conflict of interest that hasn’t even been cleared,” Tyler said. “He can’t fire anybody.

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Scaramucci described the White House as a sinking ship in another interview, and has threatened to fire numerous officials for leaking to reporters — but Tyler said he shouldn’t have any authority.

“If i was in the White House and Scaramucci came to me, I’d tell him to piss off,” Tyler said.

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Donald Trump is making a mockery of Marco Rubio — and the Florida senator is letting him

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Sen. Marco Rubio was once one of Donald Trump’s most formidable opponents; now, the Florida senator bends over backward to excuse the president’s corruption.

In 2016, Rubio and Trump sparred frequently on the Republican primary debate stage. Trump picked the uninspired nickname “Little Marco” for the senator, which didn’t seem to do much damage on its own, but Rubio never gained the momentum or strength that his backers hoped would prove to be strong enough to take down the reality TV candidate. As Rubio grew desperate, he launched one of his most memorable and pitiful attacks by stooping to his opponent’s level, implying that Trump had a small penis. It was more of an embarrassing moment for Rubio than anyone else, though Trump helped himself with a crude rejoinder.

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The faith of Fox News: How the network’s propaganda warps viewers’ sense of reality

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A longtime sticking point among Fox News employees is their insistent differentiation between its news division, where employees practice actual journalism, and its opinion division, where employees practice actual nativism, spew misinformation, and have been actively campaigning for Donald Trump’s re-election since 2016.  Inside the organization, they claim to believe that the news side is separate from the opinion side, and insist that the audience can tell the difference.

News anchor Shepard Smith once characterized comparing the two as “apples and teaspoons.”

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Maddow warns Russia is interfering in the 2020 election in ‘exactly the same way’ as they did in 2016

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MSNBC's Rachel Maddow on Monday warned that Russia and the Republicans are running the "exact same play" against Democrats in 2020 -- and this time will be aided by the United States Justice Department.

"And they are playing it again already for the next election. And some of it is happening just like it did in 2016. And some of it is worse and I think it’s going to be more powerful than it was in 2016. In part because this is a second draft for these guys, right? They ran this play in 2016. They worked out some of the kinks," she explained. "Now they’ll do it again with the benefit of knowing what worked for them and what didn’t work the first time around. It’s a second draft. It’s going to be better and more polished."

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