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Mike Pence’s brother says Trump reminds him of their ‘tyrannical’ father: author

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The author of a new book on vice presidents says Mike Pence’s relationship with President Donald Trump is informed by his experience growing up with a “tyrannical” and abusive father.

Kate Andersen Brower, author of First In Line, spoke to Pence’s brother, who said Trump reminds him of his own domineering father.

“Pence’s father was more than domineering,” Brower told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “When the children didn’t stand up when an adult came in the room, he would beat them with a belt. So Mike Pence is used to dealing with somebody who is kind of tyrannical, and I think that he is used to staying quiet.”

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Brower reported that Trump mocks Pence’s religious faith and asks visitors to the West Wing whether the vice president made them pray with him, and she explained why the vice president puts up with the abuse.

“There is an intense feeling of gratitude, too, that Mike Pence has,” Brower said. “He knows the only reason on god’s green earth that he is in the White House is because of Donald Trump, and I think there is a mutual fascination there.”

Brower said Pence and his wife Karen are able to overlook their moral and political differences with Trump because they like the power that comes with their partnership.

“It’s something they don’t like to talk about because there is inherent hypocrisy to all of this, but they were willing to look beyond it, and I just think they are so ambitious,” Brower said. “I interviewed a radio host who was Pence’s boss at one point, and he said he’s never met a more directable talent in his life.”

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Fox News reporter and right-wing conspiracy theorists planned to wiretap family of slain DNC staffer Seth Rich: report

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The Daily Beast on Monday evening broke a bombshell report on a secret 2017 meeting in Texas on a right-wing conspiracy theory where espionage was discussed.

"One of their topics was responding to online critics of wealthy Texas businessman Ed Butowsky, who had recently been outed as a driving force behind a retracted Fox News story about murdered Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich," The Beast reported. "The group that gathered at Butowsky’s home included a conspiracy theorist, a Fox reporter fighting for her career, a former private intelligence contractor married to star journalist Lara Logan, and a Democratic PR operative who lost his business in the face of sexual assault allegations."

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Maddow breaks down potential ‘direct financial connection’ between the Russian government and Donald Trump

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MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow read bombshell excerpts from a new book set for release on Tuesday.

The host interviewed David Enrich, finance editor at The New York Times, about his forthcoming book Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction.

The host of "The Rachel Maddow Show" read excerpts from the book.

"There was no doubt that Deutsche Bank had extensive business dealings with Russia, and those dealings included acting as a conduit for dirty money to get out of Russia and into the western financial system," Enrich wrote.

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Congress still has one big tool left to rein in Trump’s corruption: Oversight Committee Democrat

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Senate Republicans may have managed to quash the impeachment trial without calling forth any new witnesses or seriously considering the evidence against President Donald Trump. And the president may feel vindicated and largely invulnerable as a result.

But, Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) told CNN's Anderson Cooper on Monday, that doesn't mean Democrats don't have one last big play to rein in the president's abuses of power. They can use the first and strongest authority delegated to them: the power of the purse.

"What can Democrats really do when it comes to oversight of the president?" asked Cooper. "I mean, now that impeachment is over, does seem like there are fewer and fewer guardrails, if any."

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