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Paul Ryan calls out ‘alt-right’ by name: ‘White identity politics… that’s not conservatism, that’s racism’

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House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Thursday lashed out at the alt-right and white nationalists for undermining conservatism with “racism.”

At an AEI event, Ryan specifically called out the “alt-right” for thinking “only people like me can possibly grasp” conservative concepts.

“I think we should do everything to defeat it, the alt-right,” Ryan said. “It is identity politics. It’s antithetical to what we believe. And it’s a hijacking of our terms, just like the progressives hijacked the word liberalism, the blood-and-soil nationalists of the alt-right have hijacked things of Western civilization.”

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“And so we have to go back and fight for our ground and re-win these ideas and marginalize these guys,” he continued. “The problem we have is there’s fresh evidence that that stuff works… when you throw 21st Century technology on there and people can make money doing it, that is a problem.”

Ryan added: “The alt-right, they don’t believe in classic liberalism if they believe in this kind of white identity politics. This is not conservatism, that is racism, that is nationalism. That is not what we believe in. That is not natural rights. That is not natural law.”

Watch the video below from AEI.

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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.

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"Absolutely," Harris replied.

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"Does it matter?" Harris replied.

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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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