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Trump freaks out on NBC’s Chuck Todd for exposing him as a lousy negotiator

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President Donald Trump kicked off Sunday morning with a pair of tweets, including one attacking NBC News’ “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd. The president’s tweet exposes once again the fact that he has over-sold his negotiating skills.

Trump positioned himself as the “Art of the Deal” author who is a great businessman and great negotiator. All of that has been proven false, with his stunning inability to pass almost all of the key legislation he wanted.

On Sunday, he revealed just how incompetent he is.

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“Sleepy Eyes Chuck Todd of Fake News NBC just stated that we have given up so much in our negotiations with North Korea, and they have given up nothing,” Trump tweeted. “Wow, we haven’t given up anything & they have agreed to denuclearization (so great for World), site closure, & no more testing!”

Here’s the clip of Chuck Todd Trump refers to:

It’s disturbing Trump does not realize all he’s given up to the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.

First, he’s given Kim what he craves the most: legitimacy. Trump has done this by agreeing to meet he with no planning, negotiating, or pre-conditions.

Second, he has given Kim the attention he craves, by repeatedly attacking him as “Little Rocket Man” and repeatedly threatening him. Those threats are exactly what Kim needed politically to legitimize the “need” for his nuclear program.

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Third, Trump has become Kim’s mouthpiece, literally quoting him in a tweet Friday night verbatim, without questioning the veracity of his statements. By doing so, Trump again legitimized a brutal dictator, and shown he will believe anything Kim says.

As Chuck Todd notes, North Korea is holding three U.S. citizens captive, and Trump has not used their release as a condition for talks. And Kim has not pledged to totally denuclearize his country.

Kim announced he would stop nuclear testing because the testing phase is concluded – not as a gift to Trump, who does not understand the difference. And experts say Kim’s announcement he will no longer use the testing site could be because it’s no longer useable.

Trump has given up many bargaining chips weeks ahead of his meeting with the North Korean dictator. And what’s worse is he doesn’t even realize it.

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Senator Elizabeth Warren leads Democrats in spirited first 2020 debate

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Ten Democrats clashed in the first debate of the 2020 presidential race Wednesday with Elizabeth Warren cementing her status as a top-tier candidate and several underdogs using the issue of immigration to clamor for the limelight.

The biggest American political debate since the 2016 presidential campaign is occurring over two nights in Miami, climaxing Thursday with former vice president Joe Biden squaring off against nine challengers, including number two candidate Bernie Sanders.

But Wednesday's first take was a spirited encounter between Democrats like ex-congressman Beto O'Rourke, Senator Cory Booker, former San Antonio mayor Julian Castro and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on subjects as varied as health care, economic inequality, climate action, gun violence, Iran and immigration.

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Here are 4 winners and 9 losers from the first 2020 Democratic primary debate

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With ten candidates on stage Wednesday, the opening debate of the 2020 Democratic primary in Miami was a packed mess. And this was only the first course in a two-part event — 10 more candidates will debate on the following night.

A crowded field makes it difficult to stand out, and that means that even after a big night like a debate, the most likely result is that not much changes. But the debate was still significant, giving candidates the chance to exceed, meet, or fall below expectations for their performances.

Here's a list — necessarily subjective, of course — of the people who came out on the top when the dust was settled, and those who came out on the bottom.

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Here are 3 ways Julián Castro stood out in the first Democratic Debate

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There were many predictions going into the first Democratic debate on MSNBC, but no one predicted that Julián Castro would break out from the crowd.

Check out the top three ways Castro stood out from the crowd.

Immigration:

The former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development was the outright winner of the immigration section of the debate

It should "piss us all off," Castro said about the father and his little girl who were found face-down in the shores of the Rio Grande River this week. “It’s heartbreaking."

Castro is a second generation American who got into specifics on immigration policy, calling for an outright "Marshall Plan" style of action for Guatemala and Honduras. He joined with other Democrats calling for an end to President Donald Trump's family separation policy, but he then suggested ending the "metering" of legitimate asylum seekers.

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