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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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“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.

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

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

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“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.”

“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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Trump tweets out bonkers conspiracy theory that Google ‘manipulated’ up to 16 million votes for Hillary Clinton

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President Donald Trump on Monday tweeted out a bonkers conspiracy theory claiming that Google "manipulated" up to 16 million votes on behalf of former Democratic rival during the 2016 presidential election.

"Wow, Report Just Out!" the president wrote. "Google manipulated from 2.6 million to 16 million votes for Hillary Clinton in 2016 Election! This was put out by a Clinton supporter, not a Trump Supporter! Google should be sued. My victory was even bigger than thought!"

Wow, Report Just Out! Google manipulated from 2.6 million to 16 million votes for Hillary Clinton in 2016 Election! This was put out by a Clinton supporter, not a Trump Supporter! Google should be sued. My victory was even bigger than thought! @JudicialWatch

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Trump’s economic adviser doesn’t see a recession coming — but he said the same thing in 2008

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President Donald Trump's chief economic adviser insists there are no signs of a recession on the horizon -- but he's been staggeringly wrong before.

Larry Kudlow went on NBC's "Meet the Press" over the weekend to assure viewers that no economic downturn was coming, but the Washington Post's Aaron Blake pointed out that his track record for predictions was pitiful.

“Well, I’ll tell you what: I sure don’t see a recession,” Kudlow told host Chuck Todd. “So I think actually the second half, the economy’s going to be very good in 2019.”

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‘A heat-seeking missile for Trump’s ass’: Mike Pompeo torn to shreds by ex-US officials in brutal New Yorker profile

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The New Yorker has published a profile of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo this week and it features some very unflattering quotes about him from former colleagues.

The piece discusses how Pompeo has gone from being a Trump critic during the 2016 presidential election to being one of his most loyal defenders. One former White House official tells the publication that "there will never be any daylight publicly between [Pompeo] and Trump" and described the secretary of state as "among the most sycophantic and obsequious people around Trump."

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