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WATCH: Sarah Sanders defends Trump’s bizarre claim you need an ID to buy groceries

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White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Wednesday faltered when asked to explain Donald Trump’s bizarre claim Americans need identification to purchase groceries, insisting the president was talking about purchasing beer and wine.

At a rally in Florida on Tuesday, Trump attempted to bolster his administration’s push for tougher voter I.D. laws, telling the crowd, “if you go out and you want to buy groceries, you need a picture on a card, you need I.D.”

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Asked about the president’s remarks, Sanders said Trump “wants to see the integrity of our election systems upheld.”

“He wants to make sure that anybody that’s voting is somebody that should be voting,” Sanders said. “And that’s something that should be celebrated. Not discriminated.”

“When was the last time the president went to a grocery store?” a reporter asked.

“I’m not sure. I’m not sure what that matters,” Sanders replied as journalists in the room reminded her of Trump’s comment.

“You go to the grocery store, I go to the grocery store, I’ve never had to show an I.D.,” the reporter said. “At the grocery store. I’ve never had to show an I.D. when I go to buy groceries. Most people don’t.”

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“Certainly, if you go to a grocery store and buy beer and wine you’ll show your I.D.,” Sanders shot back.

“The president doesn’t drink,” the reporter replied.

“He’s not saying every time he went in,” Sanders insisted. “He’s saying when you go to the grocery store. I’m sure everybody in here who has been to a grocery store that’s purchased beer or wine has probably had to show their I.D. If they didn’t, then that’s probably a problem with the grocery store.”

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Watch the exchange below:

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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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Shep Smith blasts autocrats in first public remarks since leaving Fox News — and donates $500,000 to protect journalists

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On Thursday, for the first time since exiting Fox News, reporter Shepard Smith gave public comments at the International Press Freedom Awards — and used the occasion to blast autocratic leaders who use their power to suppress journalism.

"Intimidation and vilification of the press is now a global phenomenon. We don’t have to look far for evidence of that,” said Smith. "Our belief a decade ago that the online revolution would liberate us now seems a bit premature, doesn’t it? Autocrats have learned how to use those same online tools to shore up their power. They flood the world of information with garbage and lies, masquerading as news. There’s a phrase for that."

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