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MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow explains why NSC contractor arrest at White House was so ‘strange’

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MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow admitted that the start of her show “was not the way I thought today’s news was going to go” as voters headed to the polls from New Jersey to California.

“In the midst of that, I did not expect that at 9 pm eastern time, on this night of all nights, I would be reporting on the attempted murder arrest just outside the White House,” Maddow explained.

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Noting the “skeletal details” authorities have offered so far, Maddow explained that a 29-year-old Maryland man was arrested while heading to his White House job.

Martese Edwards, 29, was taken into custody at a checkpoint Tuesday on attempted murder charges filed in Prince George’s County, Maryland.

“We don’t know exactly what his job is,” Maddow noted. “NBC News has learned that he did have a White House pass, he was a contractor working at the White House.”

He reportedly worked for the National Security Council, which is currently run by National Security Advisor John Bolton.

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“We don’t know what his job was nor do we know why the National Security Council would have been employing someone as a contractor who was actively wanted on an attempted murder warrant,” Maddow noted.

“The National Security Council referred all of our questions to the U.S. Secret Service, the U.S. Secret Service are not answering their phone,” she explained. “So, again, we are still looking for more information here, but this is a strange story.”

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‘I don’t care’: Watch Kamala Harris shut down Chris Hayes for asking a dumb question about Trump

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Sen. Kamala Harris shut down MSNBC anchor Chris Hayes during a post-debate interview on Tuesday evening.

Hayes questioned Harris about her call for Twitter to follow their terms of service and kick President Donald Trump off of the platform.

"Do you think he puts people’s lives in danger when he targets them in tweets?" Hayes asked.

"Absolutely," Harris replied.

"Do you think he knows that?" Hayes asked.

"Does it matter?" Harris replied.

"The fact is he did it. The fact is that he is irresponsible, he is erratic," she explained. "He is like a 2-year-old with a machine gun."

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2020 Election

Democrats blast Trump and demand his impeachment at CNN debate

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Democratic White House hopefuls united in searing condemnation of Donald Trump during their fourth debate Tuesday, saying the president has broken the law, abused his power, and deserves to be impeached.

From the opening moments, most of the dozen candidates on stage launched fierce broadsides against Trump over the Ukrainian scandal at the heart of the impeachment inquiry.

"The impeachment must go forward," said Senator Elizabeth Warren, who is neck and neck with former vice president Joe Biden at the head of the 2020 nominations race.

"Impeachment is the way that we establish that this man will not be permitted to break the law over and over without consequences," she thundered.

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Here are 3 winners and 4 losers from the CNN/NYT Democratic presidential primary debate

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Twelve Democrats took to the stage Tuesday night for yet another debate in the party's 2020 president primary hosted by CNN and the New York Times.

After only ten candidates qualified for the previous debate, an additional two — Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and wealthy donor and former hedge fund manager Tom Steyer — made it to the stage this round for an even more crowded event.

The candidates discussed a range of important policy issues, but since the format was a debate, and they're all competing for the same nomination, it is ultimately most critical who won and who lost the night. Here are three winners and four losers — necessarily a subjective assessment, of course — from the debate:

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