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‘Don’t believe the Fake News’: Trump live-tweets Morning Joe — a ‘bad show’ he never watches

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President Donald Trump was up early Friday and apparently watching MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” which he insists is a “bad show” he never watches, and tweeting about a report he didn’t like.

Co-host Willie Geist commented on recent reports that showed how John Kelly, who took over three weeks ago as White House chief of staff, had instituted new limits on the information that crosses the president’s desk — but his influence only goes so far.

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“Was it always too much to expect that Gen. John Kelly, as great as an American he is, is able to control Donald Trump?” Geist said. “Whatever that means — to control what goes out through his Twitter feed, to keep the reins on him at a big political rally in Phoenix or at the press conference in Trump Tower.”

Political analyst Mark Halperin said veterans of previous White House staffs laughed at the new rules being implemented, eight months into Trump’s presidency.

“This is basic stuff about flow to the president and controlling access to the Oval Office,” Halperin said. “They can change the system, but Kelly can’t control the president watching TV. He can’t control the president tweeting. He’s just — he can’t. He’s not going to try, and the reality is, fixing the process will help, but the president dominates the situation through his own communication.”

As if on cue, the president weighed in on the report about 10 minutes after it aired.

“General John Kelly is doing a fantastic job as Chief of Staff,” Trump tweeted. “There is tremendous spirit and talent in the W.H. Don’t believe the Fake News.”

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Later in the segment, Republican strategist Susan Del Percio faulted the administration for its failure to fill hundreds of jobs in the executive branch — and the president seemingly responded to her criticism, as well.

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Greta Thunberg slams climate change inaction as Davos awaits Trump

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Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg on Tuesday slammed global inaction on climate change in front of the world's top business leaders, as the annual Davos forum faced up to the perils of global warming while bracing for an address from US President Donald Trump.

The 50th meeting of the World Economic Forum in the Swiss Alps resort got under way seeking to meet head-on the dangers to both the environment and economy from the heating of the planet.

Trump, who has repeatedly expressed scepticism about climate change, is set to give the first keynote address of Davos 2020 on Tuesday morning, on the same day as his impeachment trial opens at the Senate in Washington.

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Trump arrives in Davos hours before impeachment trial reopens

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US President Donald Trump arrived in Davos on Tuesday for the annual WEF forum, where he was to give a keynote speech just hours before his impeachment trial kicks into high gear in Washington.

Trump's Marine One helicopter touched down in the picturesque Swiss ski resort shortly ahead of his scheduled speech to the World Economic Forum, which this year is focusing on climate change.

He was also due to meet separately with the president of Iraq, Pakistan's prime minister and the head of the European Union executive body.

Meanwhile in Washington, Trump's impeachment enters a new phase in the Senate with legislators debating the format for the trial.

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These corporations are spending the most to undo our democracy — thanks to Citizens United

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It has now been exactly 10 years since the U.S. Supreme Court opened the floodgates for special-interest political advertising in its Citizens United ruling. To mark the occasion, the Center for Responsive Politics has published an excellent report detailing how political spending has changed over the last decade.

One significant finding is that, although Citizens United overturned the prohibition on independent political expenditures by corporations, most companies have not taken advantage of that new right directly. The biggest surges in spending have come from wealthy individuals and from Super PACs.

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