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MSNBC’s Morning Joe wonders which GOP senators will treat Kavanaugh accuser the worst in TV hearing

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Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser will testify next week about the sexual assault allegations against him — and MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough said that hearing could be a disaster for Senate Republicans.

All 11 GOP senators on the Judiciary Committee are men, while four of the 10 Democrats are women, and the “Morning Joe” host said that dynamic could blow up in the Republicans’ face.

“I am not judging any Republican’s ability to cross-examine witnesses in court, I’m not judging their ability to be moral actors on the national stage,” Scarborough said.

“I’m just saying — I said it yesterday, I’ll say it today — you talk about a thankless task for these Republicans on the judiciary committee,” he continued. “I don’t think they understand it because so many of them on that committee are so bad with optics.”

The show opened Tuesday morning comparing Sen. Orrin Hatch’s strikingly similar comments on Anita Hill during the 1991 confirmation hearings for Justice Clarence Thomas and Christine Ford, who accused Kavanaugh of assaulting her at a party when they were both teenagers.

“This is just political analysis,” Scarborough said, before stumbling a bit as he tried to choose his words carefully. “Other than, let’s say — well, let’s just say there are two or three ticking time bombs on the Republican side of this judiciary committee.”

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He said the upcoming hearings could highlight the growing sense that Republicans no longer represent the interests of women.

“My god, if I am a Republican candidate running somewhere across America, next Monday I’m going to have my head buried in the sand because this is a no-win situation for them,” Scarborough said.

“It doesn’t matter — facts be dammed, it is a no-win situation for those Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee,” he added. “That’s not me feeling sorry for them in the least, that’s just me saying the political dynamics are set up in such a way where they are going to look — well, they’re politically going to look very insensitive in a year that a lot of women are going to be elected to Congress.”

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Morning Joe guest reveals why even Ivanka is afraid to deliver bad news to Trump: ‘He’ll explode’

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President Donald Trump's inner circle is growing smaller and smaller, and the few aides he trusts are afraid to deliver any bad news to him -- and panelists on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" agreed the situation was dangerous.

Co-host Mika Brzezinski asked Associated Press reporter Jonathan Lemire if the president trusted any of his advisers, and the White House correspondent said he may still seek out counsel from Ivanka Trump.

"He might listen to his daughter, who is in there, but no," Lemire said. "That has been what's happened over the last year and a half, in particular, is the erosion of the guardrails, the erosion of adults in the room who could walk in there and say something. Mind you, it didn't always work, (but) now those people don't even exist."

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New Republican group wants to register more voters to keep Texas red

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The push by the group, a super PAC called Engage Texas, comes as national Democrats zero in on the state in 2020.

With national Democrats looking to make Texas a battleground, a new Republican group is launching to register hundreds of thousands of new voters here and convince them to help keep the state red in 2020.

The group, a super PAC named Engage Texas, is the brainchild of some of the state's biggest GOP donors, and it is led by a former top staffer at the Republican National Committee. It comes as Texas Republicans look to gain ground in an area where their Democratic counterparts have dominated in recent years: signing up new voters.

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Texans approve of Trump’s job performance but have questions about his character, UT/TT Poll says

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More than half of the state's voters think President Donald Trump is doing a good job, but they're not as pleased with some of his character traits, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.

If you ask registered voters in Texas about the job performance of the people they’ve elected to high office, the top two names on their list are President Donald Trump and Gov. Greg Abbott, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.

But the support is not overwhelming: 52% of voters approve of the job Trump is doing in office, while 44% disapprove. And 51% said Abbott is doing a good job, while 31% disapprove of the governor’s work.

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