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GOP strategist says Trump is responsible for putting Texas in play with ‘political segregation’

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Republican strategist Elise Jordan identified President Donald Trump’s “political segregation” as a leading factor driving the revival of Democrats in Texas during a primary election day appearance with MSNBC’s Katy Tur.

“Voters in the lone star state are heading to polls for the first primaries of the much-anticipated 2018 midterm election,” Tur noted. “Nearly 50,000 more Democrats than Republicans voted early.”

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Katy Tur’s graphic of early voting in Texas.

“The question today is whether they’ll maintain that enthusiasm advantage or whether the numbers will end up narrowing,” Tur noted.

Tur played an clip of NBC News correspondent Vaughn Hillyard talking to a voter in Wimberley, Texas.

“What I think about the White House is it’s an extremely inexperienced White house and there is a complete lack of control,” the voter explained.

“Not all Republicans in Texas necessarily look at this White House in a fond way?” Hillyard asked.

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“That’s correct, they don’t, they see that,” the voter answered. “It is almost out of control in some regards.”

“Jumping off from there and talking about the Republicans who might not be so happy about Donald Trump down in the lone star state, there were a lot of Republicans in 2016, moderate republicans who found Donald Trump to be abhorrent, but they still went and voted for him,” Tur noted. “Is the last year and a half, a little bit over year of the administration, going to … actually change their vote, instead of just make them say that they’re going to change their vote?”

“Considering what’s happening in Texas right now, consider that Donald Trump won Texas by about that same margin that he won in Ohio, single digits,” Foley explained. “He is not a beloved figure, necessarily, the way that a Republican normally would be in Texas.”

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“I do not support political strategies that are based on segregation and that’s essentially what Donald Trump is pursuing right now, political segregation,” Foley noted. “And if we continue to try to politically segregate the vote with incendiary language that has been used towards different populations in the country, I think that that’s just not a viable long-term strategy.”

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AG Bill Barr will ‘try to interfere’ in the 2020 election to re-elect Trump: MSNBC national affairs analyst

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Attorney General William Barr will use the Department of Justice to "try to interfere" in the 2020 presidential election to re-elect Donald Trump, MSNBC's national affairs analyst predicted on Tuesday.

John Heilemann was interviewed by Lawrence O'Donnell on MSNBC's "The Last Word."

"The attorney general, from the moment he walked into this job, has behaved in a -- as a ruthless, relentless political hack and a thug and who has behaved not as attorney general of the United States," Heilemann said.

"He made a travesty of the Mueller report and continues to lie on Donald Trump's behalf at every opportunity," he added.

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Trump welcomed Russia’s Sergey Lavrov to the White House — to humiliate us all

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Despite the fact that President Donald Trump still refuses to have Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to Washington for an officials meeting — a topic at the center of the scandal driving Trump’s impeachment — the White House hosted Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday.

And while Lavrov was honored with his second private Oval Office meeting (the first one was a cataclysmic disaster) and a press conference with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the foreign minister took his opportunity here to repeatedly humiliate the United States.

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United States, Mexico, Canada finalize Donald Trump’s USMCA trade deal

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The United States, Mexico and Canada signed a deal Tuesday to finalize their new trade agreement, paving the way to ratification after more than two years of arduous negotiations.

However, the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump in the US Senate would likely delay Congressional ratification of the agreement until next year, said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

In reality, it is the second time the three countries have triumphantly announced the conclusion of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the deal meant to replace the 25-year-old NAFTA, which President Donald Trump complains has been "a disaster" for the US.

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