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GOP strategist Steve Schmidt: ‘Autocrat’ Trump endangering real journalists and hyping ‘fake news’

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Veteran GOP strategist Steve Schmidt explained to Brian Williams late Monday that one of the greatest dangers President Donald Trump has created is for journalists.

Just hours before the scandal broke that “gotcha” activist James O’Keefe was outed for trying to bring down the Washington Post, Trump bragged that there should be some sort of award or trophy given out for fake news.

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“Well, he all but declared Fox News to be state TV — extraordinary,” noted Schmidt.

Trump and CNN have been in an ongoing feud since former Trump ally Jeff Zucker decided the news was more important than their friendship. Trump has been on a tear against the network in the aftermath.

“With regard to CNN International, with people who live in autocratic countries, who live behind a veil of totalitarianism, CNN International — they thirst for that news coverage because it’s a truth for them,” Schmidt continued. “It speaks to what’s happening in the world and all of it’s cruelty and injustice. But also the magnanimity, the hope, the notion that comes from free people. And, so, what he did is he endangered, certainly, CNN journalists, all journalists operating in dangerous areas, in autocratic areas and it’s another assault in sprit on the concept of free press, on the spirit of the First Amendment. And you have a president, in his utterly bizarre claims, that the ‘Access Hollywood’ tape never happened. These are not normal behaviors, and I think it bears repeating all the time, how far out of the normal range we are. These are the behaviors of an autocrat.”

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Mississippi Republican who lost to Democrat by 14 votes files request for state House to void the election and declare her the winner

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On Thursday, Mississippi Today reported that state Rep. Ashley Henley, who lost her bid for re-election to Democrat Hester Jackson-McCray by just 14 votes in November, has filed a request for the GOP-controlled state legislature to overturn the results of the election and seat Henley for another term.

Henley cites what she claims are several irregularities in voter signature collection, and "missing" ballots. "There were irregularities that happened, absolutely, documented, very much so that bring into question the legitimacy of the election results," said Henley said. "That is without question."

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Trump’s campaign manager mocked for proudly sharing poll that suggests Dems will keep the House in 2020

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On Thursday, President Donald Trump's campaign manager Brad Parscale posted a poll that was meant to warn Democrats off of their impeachment efforts, by showing how it was hurting their prospects in a competitive House race.

Specifically, the "confidential" poll showed freshman Rep. Kendra Horn (R-OK) down seven points against a generic Republican, and impeachment opposed 52 percent to 45 percent:

Nancy Pelosi is marching members of her caucus off the plank and into the abyss.

Impeachment is killing her freshman members and polling proves it.

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Two House Democrats push a clever plan that calls Republicans’ bluff on their Biden attacks

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Democratic Reps. Katie Porter of California and Max Rose of New York introduced a clever plan this week that will expose whether Republicans’ criticisms of former Vice President Joe Biden in the Ukraine scandal reflect good faith — or if, as many assume, they are just a shameful distraction and a bluff.

The lawmakers announced a bill on Wednesday called the Transparency in Executive Branch Officials’ Finances Act. It has two key components:

First, it would require all politically appointed executive branch officials, as well as the president and the vice president, to “disclose any positions they or any members of their extended families hold with foreign-owned businesses, any intellectual property they own that is protected or enforced by a foreign country, and whether any members of their families have stakes in companies that engage in significant foreign business dealings.”Second, it will “require the President and Vice President to disclose their tax returns for the previous five taxable years and prohibit political appointees from accepting payments from foreign entities.”

What’s clever about the proposal is that it latches on to two important issues, creating a wedge for Republicans. As part of the GOP’s defense of President Donald Trump in the Ukraine scandal, Republicans have argued that the president’s patently corrupt efforts to get a foreign country to investigate Biden, a political rival, were legitimate because the former vice president’s son created a conflict of interest by taking part in business in Ukraine.

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