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Trump admits Conor Lamb ran a ‘smart campaign’ in Pennsylvania

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During a fundraiser for another congressional candidate, President Donald Trump gave tacit praise to Pennsylvania Democrat Conor Lamb for his big win in a special election Tuesday night.

The Atlantic reported Wednesday night that Trump told donors at the fundraiser for Josh Hawley, a Missouri Senate candidate, that Lamb ran “a pretty smart race, actually.” It’s the first known time since Trump-backed candidate Rick Saccone lost to the Democrat that the president has spoken publicly about the race.

“The young man last night that ran, he said, ‘Oh, I’m like Trump. Second Amendment, everything. I love the tax cuts, everything.’ He ran on that basis,” Trump said of Lamb in audio obtained by the Atlantic. “He ran on a campaign that said very nice things about me. I said, ‘Is he a Republican? He sounds like a Republican to me.”

“I guess when you’re running in a certain area,” Trump said of the blue-collar constituency in Western Pennsylvania’s Rust Belt, “that’s probably a good tactic.”

Trump, the report continued, was “unusually silent” about his candidate losing. His tight-lipped stance marks a departure from previous comments he made about the candidates he backed losing, from his assertion that Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie “did not embrace me or what I stand for” to his claim that he knew Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore would lose.

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‘Nickel and Dimed’ for the sharing economy: Inside the hellish new reality of low-wage work

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In 2001, journalist Barbara Ehrenreich's investigative book "Nickel and Dimed" revealed to those who weren't on low-wage payrolls how expensive it is to be a member of the working poor in America. Some things haven't changed since Ehrenreich's experiences working as a Walmart clerk, a restaurant server and a maid, among other jobs. Housing can still be prohibitively expensive on low hourly wages, and high turnover remains a constant. Workers still risk their health — mental, physical and emotional — every precarious day.

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George Conway smacks down Fox News contributor trying to tout Republican family values

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The news that former Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC) is considering a challenge to President Donald Trump has been met with derision from many, including Fox News contributor Tammy Bruce:

You mean the then-married guy who as a governor lied about hiking the Appalachian Trail in order to abscond to Argentina w his mistress? That guy? 😂 “Former SC Rep. Mark Sanford Considers Presidential Run Against Trump” https://t.co/LQD8wOE7il via @NYJooo

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Parliamentarian rules that Speaker Pelosi cannot call Trump’s comments racist — banning her from speaking all day

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The Parliamentarian for the House of Representatives ruled against Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday for declaring President Donald Trump's comments racist on the floor.

"In a highly unusual rebuke to the speaker, the House parliamentarian said Pelosi’s comments were not in order and should be stricken from record," CNN's Manu Raju reported Tuesday.

"House now voting on GOP motion to strike her words from record, but it will fail," he predicted.

The ruling means Speaker Pelosi is banned from holding the floor for the rest of the day absent a vote by the full House to restore her privileges.

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