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MSNBC panel heaps ridicule on Trump after he announces rally for ‘frenemy’ Ted Cruz

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Donald Trump announced Friday that he’s headed to Texas to campaign for his former opponent Ted Cruz’s reelection — and a group of MSNBC panelists couldn’t contain their laughter about it.

“It’s been a long time since Texas has been electing Democrats,” host Steve Kornacki joked, adding that Trump won the state by 9 points in 2018 and that Mitt Romney won it by even more.

“Does that send a signal?” Kornacki asked the assembled Hardball panelists, referencing Cruz’s surprisingly tough race against Democrat Beto O’Rourke.

Newsday’s Emily Ngo responded that although Trump’s increasingly “deep” base “may make for a poppin’ campaign rally,” it’s not likely to win the election for  the “desperate” Cruz.

“Ted Cruz and President Trump are not friends,” Ngo said. “I wouldn’t even say that they’re ‘frenemies.'”

The host went on to note that Trump paid lip service to the conspiracy theory that Cruz’s father was involved in the assassination of JFK and panelist Jonathan Alter added that the president once insulted the looks of the senator’s wife.

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“How lame do you have to be?” Alter asked.

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Trump’s first term: hits and misses

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"Promises made, promises kept," goes one of President Donald Trump's main 2020 reelection slogans. Is that true?

Here are some of the key policy hits and misses -- comparing his accomplishments to his promises -- from a tumultuous first term.

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Economy:

The economy will be Trump's major selling point.

GDP grew 3.1 percent in the first quarter of 2019 and the last recession was a decade ago. Unemployment is at a 50-year low of 3.6 percent.

Trump's frequent claim that the economy is probably "the best" in US history is an exaggeration, though.

Economists see growing dangers, including exploding government debt and growing backlash from Trump's aggressive trade policies, especially with China.

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The racist roots of American policing

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Outrage over racial profiling and the killing of African Americans by police officers and vigilantes in recent years helped give rise to the Black Lives Matter movement.

But tensions between the police and black communities are nothing new.

There are many precedents to the Ferguson, Missouri protests that ushered in the Black Lives Matter movement. Those protests erupted in 2014 after a police officer shot unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown; the officer was subsequently not indicted.

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Ocasio-Cortez: ‘We’re going to fight to repeal the Hyde Amendment’

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) started a petition Saturday seeking to repeal the Hyde Amendment, which bars the use of federal funds for abortions, arguing the restriction overwhelmingly harms low-income Americans and women of color. AOC emailed her supporters:

“Since 1976, our government has banned federal funding for abortion care — specifically, for Medicaid recipients. Countless studies have shown that due to this amendment, millions of women have been forced to go through with pregnancies that, given the funding, they would have otherwise terminated. "

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