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Furloughed worker to ‘great negotiator’ Trump: ‘Show your skills’ so I can go back to work

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A federal worker who has been furloughed under the government shutdown said on MSNBC that he wishes President Donald Trump would put his much-vaunted negotiating skills to work in resolving the government shutdown.

J. David Cox and David Fitzpatrick of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) told MSNBC anchor Yasmin Vossoughian that their union is less than impressed with Trump’s handling of the crisis so far.

“I’d rather be at work at this time,” Fitzpatrick said, “and hopefully this doesn’t go on long enough that I’m not going to receive pay.”

Vossoughian said that 48 percent of the public blames the president and the GOP for the shutdown, to which Cox agreed, saying, “The buck stops with the president.”

“When Mr. Trump was running for president, he said he was the great negotiator,” said Fitzpatrick. “And here we are, his first test and it doesn’t look like he’s such a great negotiator in my eyes.”

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Vossoughian asked if that means Fitzpatrick blames Trump for the shutdown.

“Well, he’s the guy that ran on that,” Fitzpatrick said. “So get the Congress together, get the two houses together and negotiate. As union leaders, we do it every day, we negotiate with management.”

“So, show your skills,” he said. “Get out there and negotiate and let’s get back to work.”

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MSNBC’s Morning Joe wants to know why Mueller went easy on Don Trump Jr: ‘Why wasn’t he investigated?’

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough said special counsel Robert Mueller had some big questions to answer to assure Americans that the rule of law still existed.

The "Morning Joe" host asked NBC News reporter Carol Lee about her new report asking why Donald Trump Jr. had not been questioned as part of the special counsel probe, and h laid out the biggest questions facing Mueller ahead of his congressional testimony.

"There are only three questions that most Americans want the answer to," Scarborough said. "Was there obstruction, was there collusion and would Donald Trump have been indicted had he not been the president of the United States? Those are three pretty simple questions, but I don't think he'll -- I don't think you'll get the answers tomorrow, sadly."

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Boris Johnson wins race to become Britain’s next PM

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Boris Johnson won the race to become Britain's next prime minister on Tuesday, but will face a confrontation over Brexit with Brussels and members of his own party as well as a tense diplomatic standoff with Iran.

The former London mayor easily beat his rival, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, in a poll conducted among members of the governing Conservative Party.

He is expected to be confirmed as prime minister on Wednesday, when his predecessor Theresa May formally tenders her resignation to Queen Elizabeth II.

It is a triumph for a man who has always wanted the top job, but Johnson, known for his jokes and bluster, is taking over at a time of immense political upheaval.

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Mueller’s investigation did nothing to stop the next Russian attack: Cybersecurity expert

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The special counsel investigation of Russian election interference accomplished almost nothing to prevent further attacks on U.S. democracy, according to a cybersecurity expert.

Robert Mueller's investigation resulted in convictions for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates, along with former national security adviser Mike Flynn and others, but the former FBI director had little authority to hold Russian agents accountable for the crimes he uncovered, wrote cybersecurity analyst Robert Johnson for The Daily Beast.

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