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CNN panel mocks Trump for getting DACA wrong because he watches Fox News

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The Monday morning political panel on CNN’s “New Day” couldn’t help but highlight the misinformation President Donald Trump appears to have used to justify an embarrassing tweet about immigration.

With a chart on the screen of those who spent the weekend with Trump at Mar-a-Lago, Daily Beast editor John Avlon described the visitors as, “three Fox News hosts, two ex-cons and a pillow salesman.”

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Legal analyst Jeff Toobin explained that this is how Trump decided to flip-flop on his action around Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

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“All the Fox News people who care about cracking down on immigration, that’s what we see, including statements like people are coming across the border to take advantage of DACA,” Toobin said. “Which is factually inaccurate. DACA only applies to people who have grown up here. You can’t come across the border and take advantage of DACA. That’s the people who he is getting his facts from.”

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Host Alisyn Camerota read a Washington Post report that cited 23 sources that are either former White House staffers or those close to Trump.

“This is now a president a little bit alone, isolated, without any moderating influences and if anything a president who is being encouraged and goaded on by people around him. It really is a president unhinged,” she said.

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Avlon warned of a shocking level of absurdity Washington is contending with.

“Here’s the core reality where we are,” he began. “The president of the United States is taking action based on things he sees on TV rather than intelligence reports. That is objectively troubling.”

Commentator Brian Karem, of Sentinel Newspapers, feared that Trump is making decisions not only on the last person he speaks to but “what he ate last night [and] what he saw on TV.”

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“It doesn’t matter,” he continued. “Unhinged is what we have seen covering this White House from the very beginning. What you are now seeing is people protecting him, being the gatekeeper.”

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Here’s how Mike Pence could step in to sabotage the impeachment trial in the Senate

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Vice President Mike Pence could ultimately end up playing a significant role in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial — and ensure that the case against the president isn't even properly presented.

Pence, being the vice president, is also president of the Senate. And as such, he has the power to resolve ties when senators deadlock. In terms of the final vote to convict, Pence will not need to break any ties, because 67 votes are required. But many other aspects of the Senate trial will be decided by a simple majority, including the rules package, and whether to override Chief Justice John Roberts' decisions on what evidence and testimony is admissible. And so even if a few Republicans break with their party on these issues, Pence may be able to step in and ensure the trial is conducted the way Trump wants it to be.

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‘Useful Idiots’: Tonight’s impeachment debate will show how the GOP is now the ‘Grand Old Putin’ party

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When Congress begins debating changes in the articles of impeachment Wednesday night, we will see on full display how Congressional Republicans, to defend Donald Trump, have given up any pretense of principle, the rule of law and loyalty to the country.

House Republicans have embraced Trump’s win-for-Trump-at-all-costs philosophy.

Think of them as the kind of cowards who would never jump on a hand grenade, but would instinctively push the person next to them onto the explosive. This is a political extension of the economic philosophy that we’ve got ours, tough for you, in Republican tax, spend and regulatory policy,

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Republicans plan to flood House with amendments to sabotage impeachment debate: CNN

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On Wednesday, CNN congressional correspondent Manu Raju reported that House Republicans are planning to use the markup process for the articles of impeachment, scheduled to take place on Thursday, to introduce a flood of amendments designed to cripple the process.

None of these amendments are likely to have the votes to pass — but they will force House Democrats to waste time voting them down rather than crafting the particulars of their case.

"Tomorrow is when we see the real art of legislating on Capitol Hill," said Raju. "The House Judiciary Committee will consider votes on amendments to the articles of impeachment. Republicans are expected to offer a flurry of amendments aimed at undercutting the articles, to gut the articles, and the democrats are expected to beat back every single one of them. Those votes expected to be along party lines."

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