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Fox News hosts heads explode trying to understand Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s victory

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Pundits across the political divide were mystified by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s upset win last week over incumbent Rep. Joe Crowly (D-NY).

Ocasio-Cortez handedly beat Crowley, defying that conventional wisdom that candidates who embrace widely popular policies like universal health care are too fringe to win.

Although mainstream opinion settled on the explanation that Ocasio’s victory could be explained for “demographic reasons” and that it was not transferable, to say, the midwest, an analysis by the Intercept found that Cortez’ win could actually be traced to passionate organizers getting her message out: people who had heard of her and her policies were more likely to vote for her over longtime incumbent Joe Crowley. That trend cut across class, race and age, suggesting Ocasio-Cortez won on the strength of her message.

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On Fox News Monday, panelists tried to make sense of Ocasio-Cortez’ win in a segment titled “The Socialist States of America?”

Co-host Kimberly Guilfoyle twisted herself into knots trying to explain Ocasio-Cortez’ win.

“You know she’s a compelling political figure … in terms of she exceeded the expectations… people were really pretty much betting that Crowley who was well established within the Democratic Party, someone who was seen as part of the future of the Democratic Party, in terms of the leadership perhaps succeeding Nancy Pelosi was … you know taken out, like by a relative new comer but I mean  were the policies similar … yes to Bernie Sanders she campaigned alongside him but … ” She then noted that Ocasio-Cortez inspired as much coverage as she did for a reason.

“They’re looking at it as momentum enthusiasm  generator for the party. But I think it’s fraught with problems  in terms of being that far left is not necessarily kinda sorta mainstream election guarantee…”

Offering not much evidence to support her conclusion she continued “People go ‘whoa!’ this seems a little fringe.”

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GOP will be ‘aided and abetted’ by Russian bots and trolls defending Trump: Former FBI counter-intel chief

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The former assistant director for counterintelligence at the Federal Bureau of Investigation warned Americans to "hunker down" because Russian intelligence will be repeating Republican talking points.

Frank Figliuzzi was interviewed Thursday by MSNBC's Brian Williams on "The Last Word."

"Frank, Fiona Hill -- who richly deserves it -- has been awarded front page status tomorrow morning on the front page of The New York Times, and I imagine newspapers and websites across this country," Williams noted.

"It was extraordinary today when she -- in effect, begged -- asked, certainly, members of the committee to stop supplying Russian talking points, to stop advancing Russian propaganda in the Congress of the United States," he continued.

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Trump has committed 6 impeachable offenses: Harvard Law’s Laurence Tribe says ‘the evidence is all there’

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Constitutional law expert Laurence Tribe broke down the six impeachable offenses President Donald Trump has committed during a Thursday appearance on MSNBC's "The Last Word" with Lawrence O'Donnell.

Tribe has argued 36 cases before the United States Supreme Court and taught at Harvard Law for 50 years. He co-authored the 2018 book To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment with Joshua Matz.

"Everyone was in the loop, it was no secret. That was the testimony from Ambassador Gordon Sondland yesterday as he implicated the president, Secretary of State, White House chief of staff, and former National Security Advisor John Bolton and other administration officials in the plot to bribe the president of Ukraine to publicly launch an investigation into Joe Biden in exchange for U.S. military aid to Ukraine that was authorized by Congress and that the president was withholding," O'Donnell reported.

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Rachel Maddow breaks down how public opinion is catching up with the facts of Trump’s impeachment

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MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow on Thursday broke down how the details from the televised impeachment hearings are being reported in local newspapers.

The host read the headlines from multiple newspapers following the damning testimony by Ambassador Gordon Sondland.

The Los Angels Times headlined, "Sonland implicates president." "Envoy says Trump directed effort," was The Wall Street Journal headline.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch headlined, "'Everyone was in the loop. It was no secret': Defiant Sondland says he followed Trump's orders."

"Trump directed pressure on Ukraine, ambassador says," headlined The Kansas City Star.

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