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‘The real source of the chaos is Trump’: CNN’s John King claims nothing will change after Bannon ouster

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Caught up in the breaking story that President Donald Trump had forced out chief strategist Steve Bannon, a CNN panel proceeded to speculate over what this means for an embattled White House — with one pundit venturing Trump is the real problem.

Addressing a recent interview Bannon conducted with the American Prospect, CNN’s John King said Bannon sealed his own fate and possibly the fate of the Trump presidency.

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“He said, in Kim, Kim Jong-Un, leader of North Korea, Trump has met his match,” CNN host Wolf Blitzer stated. “The risk of ‘two arrogant fools blundering into a nuclear exchange is more serious than at any time since October 1962’ — two arrogant fools.”

“You shouldn’t say that about your boss,” a smiling King replied, “especially when your boss is the president of the United States. The entire interview is stunning — talking about two arrogant fools, saying his boss of the United States, the president, is a fool. Also pay no attention to the president when the president says ‘locked and loaded,’ ‘fire and fury.'”

“Steve Bannon has been a controversy inside the Trump White House from day one and on this day he is gone,” King added. “The defining question is: Steve Bannon is not the source of the chaos at the White House, he may be part of it. The source of the chaos at the White House is the president. What will the president do?”

“It’s the president who sends mixed signals and conflicting signals or policy,” King continued, ticking off Trump’s difficulties as president. “The president lashes out on Twitter with anger and outbursts and the president dug the ditch much deeper this past week with moral and character failures.”

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GOPer Joni Ernst booed and peppered with questions about guns at tense Iowa town hall

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In videos uploaded to Twitter, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) received a chorus of boos and shouts from a town hall crowd after she tried to blame mass shootings on mental health issues, with one person shouting, "Do something!"

According to a report from Iowa Starting Line, the embattled Iowa Senator whose approval numbers have dropped, due in part to President Donald Trump, was pressed by one local teacher about changing gun laws so she can get back to the job she was hired for.

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‘That is ridiculous’: Andrew Gillum obliterates Santorum for claiming guns aren’t ‘problem’ in mass shootings

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CNN contributor Andrew Gillum called conservative pundit Rick Santorum "ridiculous" on Sunday for suggesting that guns are not the problem in mass shootings.

During a CNN discussion on gun control, Santorum criticized calls from Democratic candidates for the government to buy back assault-style weapons in addition to banning them.

"The truth is something has to give," Gillum said. "The stranglehold that the NRA seems to have over Congress, over Washington, D.C., in my opinion, is insane. How can we put the priorities of one interest group above the safety, the security of the American people?"

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WATCH: Tenn. lawmaker seeks to ‘destroy Satan’ by banning abortions in cases of rape and incest

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The sponsor of a bill that would effectively ban all abortions in Tennessee said that he hopes to "destroy Satan."

Sen. Mark Pody (R) made the remarks at a Monday prayer gathering before debate on the bill.

"I'm not against any colleagues, whether they're standing with me or not," Pody said. "I'm against Satan and I'm standing with God."

"We will not back up, we will not back down, we will not turn around," he added. "We face the enemy. We have no protection when we run. We have no protection for our back."

The Tennessee ban would take effect once "a viable pregnancy is presumed to exist or has been confirmed," effectively banning all abortions in the state. There is no exception in the bill for rape or incest.

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