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‘I teach my kids to stand up to bullies’: Ted Lieu tells CNN why he won’t stop mocking ‘Lyin’ Jeff Sessions’



Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA), who drew the ire of Attorney General Jeff Sessions Tuesday during his testimony with the House Judiciary Committee, went on CNN Wednesday to defend his fight-fire-with-fire approach to politics.

In particular, CNN hosts John Berman and Poppy Harlow asked Lieu if it was right for him to refer to Sessions as “Lyin’ Jeff Sessions,” as they believed that name-calling of that nature was beneath the dignity of elected office.

“I am choosing words that the President of the United States uses on his Twitter,” Lieu replied.

“I understand that, but does that make it right?” asked Harlow. “Do you like hearing the president use words like that?”

“I am highlighting it because until the president changes, I will keep doing it,” Lieu replied.

Harlow then asked Lieu if he would teach his children to talk about other people in the same way President Donald Trump does.


“I teach my children they should stand up to bullies,” Lieu said. “The President of the United States is a bully, and I will stand up to him. Absolutely.”

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New York’s legislature gives landlords a lesson in democracy



The knockout punch that the New York State Legislature just landed fighting landlords over spiraling rents ought to be attracting wider attention.

Just as with healthcare access or prescription drug prices, the cost of rent increases that mostly benefit big apartment owners is a challenge to the income-gap society that are at the heart of the national political debate. Every urban center in the country is having housing problems, and rents, like mortgages, are a subject at every kitchen table.

For once, the New York Legislature, whose Democrats overcame internecine divisions this session, has abolished rules that let building owners deregulate apartments, and closed loopholes that have permitted landlords to raise rents. And the changes for better tenant protection were made permanent, eliminating the recurring drama over these issues.

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Trump’s EPA wants minimal limits on poison in drinking water



The Trump EPA calculated recommended limits of a dangerous chemical sometimes found in drinking water that can harm babies’ brain development that were more than 9 times higher than those imposed by a few states by fudging a key number in the calculation.

The Trump recommended a limit for perchlorate, which can harm infant brain development, of 56 micrograms per liter, far above the limit of 6 that California imposed and 2 that Massachusetts set, more than a decade ago.

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MSNBC’s Mika scorches Trump over sex assault denials: ‘What type of woman would you rape?’



MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski revealed the horrific meaning behind President Donald Trump's defense against new rape claims.

Author and columnist E. Jean Carroll has accused the president of raping her more than 20 years ago after a chance meeting at a Manhattan department store, but Trump insists he couldn't have assaulted her because she's not his "type."

"We're talking about sexual assault, talking about actual rape and the president said that she's not his type," the "Morning Joe" co-host said. "So I guess the follow-up question is, since you have a type when it comes to rape, what's your type, Donald Trump, and is it any of the other women who claimed that you raped them?"

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