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GOP strategist denounces Trump’s ‘sewer Republicanism’ and the ‘sewer conservatives’ who support him

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Republican strategist Steve Schmidt joined Nicolle Wallace’s “Deadline: White House” on Tuesday by phone to discuss Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ)’s decision to retire from office and the explosive speech he gave on the Senate floor denouncing President Donald Trump and calling on his colleagues to rebel against the reality TV star president.

“I think it is a mistake to cover these disputations between Bob Corker and Jeff Flake and Donald Trump as ‘feuds,'” said Schmidt — who worked with Wallace on Sen. John McCain’s 2008 campaign. “Jeff Flake and Bob Corker are making an emphatic point about character — and I think it ought to be put to every member of the Republican Party who holds elected federal office if they dispute that Donald Trump is a liar.”

“I think a great contest looms, you know, between this sewer Republicanism and sewer conservativism versus the traditional high ideals of both the conservative movement and the Republican Party,” he said.

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Self-preservation fuels the Democratic base’s lurch to the left — before the rich take it all

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In 2016 all the corporate news media outlets, NPR included, predicted that Trump would lose. They just did not recognize the discontent in America’s rust belt because the economic dislocation that had, and continues to define life there, was just not part of their personal frame of reference.

They thought the country was several years into a recovery and the national aggregate unemployment data they had commissioned confirmed it. But nobody lives or votes in the aggregate. And it wasn’t until Trump flipped the 200 counties that Obama had carried twice, that the corporate news media started paying some attention.

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Experts discuss the distorted impeachment debate at a propaganda forum — and how real debate can untangle it

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“Would you be upset if the Democratic nominee called on China to help in the next presidential election?” That’s the concrete question we should ask ourselves about Robert Mueller's report and the issue of impeachment, according to University of California, Santa Cruz, social psychologist Anthony Pratkanis, speaking at a recent Zócalo Public Square event, “Is Propaganda Keeping Americans From Thinking for Themselves?

This was a week before President Trump’s interview with George Stephanopoulos of ABC News, apparently welcoming foreign interference in the 2020 election. Impeachment wasn’t the ostensible subject of the event — which also featured Texas A&M historian of rhetoric Jennifer Mercieca and UCLA marketing scholar and psychologist Hal Hershfield — but it was never far from mind.

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GOP leaders in open warfare with Trump’s White House as another government shutdown looms

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According to a report in the Washington Post, GOP leaders are at an impasse with the White House on future budget concerns as President Donald Trump's chief of staff -- which is leading to fears of another government shutdown.

The report states, "GOP leaders have spent months cajoling President Trump in favor of a bipartisan budget deal that would fund the government and raise the limit on federal borrowing this fall, but their efforts have yet to produce a deal."

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