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GOP strategist gets hilariously mocked after trying to convince MSNBC that ‘America is smitten with Ivanka Trump’

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Republican strategist Patrick Griffin predicted that Ivanka Trump could be the next U.N ambassador because Americans love her so much, a claim that was promptly laughed out of town.

Asked by host Stephanie Ruhle why he thought “Ivanka is so good for Donald Trump”, Griffen replied that it was her fame.

“Ivanka Trump is a celebrity. She’s become a celebrity,” said Griffin. “I’m not suggesting she’s ready to be a cabinet secretary. But I am suggesting that America is somewhat smitten with Ivanka Trump.”

This did not go over well with fellow guest, political scientist David Rothkopf. ”

“Let’s pump the brakes here a little bit, okay,” Rothkopf said. “If you want to go and elect, you know, nominate a celebrity for this job, why don’t we go to the White House now? The president’s having lunch with Kanye. Kanye’s just as qualified as Ivanka. He’s a celebrity.”

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Ruhle objected to the comparison, but Rothkopf continued to press his point.

“The reality is what Ivanka Trump has gone out and done is a lot of photo ops,” he said dismissively. “She’s achieved nothing substantive. She’s sat in the president’s chair.”

“She’s been involved in a whole bunch of ethical issues that raise a lot of eyebrows,” he added. “I don’t think there is anything substantive that anybody can point to that suggests she’s a legitimate candidate to be an ambassador for the U.S., other than the fact that she’s genetically related to the president.”

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Democrats are on the verge of setting a ‘time bomb’ for any candidate who can defeat Trump

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If a new president takes over the White House in January 2021, he or she may quickly find that the Democratic Party that just won control of the executive branch left a loaded gun in the hands of the Republicans, who are all too eager to use it.

That should be the takeaway from reports about the budget negotiations between the House Democrats and the Trump administration. According to Bloomberg reporter Sahil Kapur, the parties are coalescing around an agreement to raise spending by $350 billion, offset that increase somewhat with about $75 billion, and extend the debt ceiling — now set to expire in the fall — to July 31, 2021.

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State Sen. Royce West enters Democratic primary to challenge John Cornyn

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State Sen. Royce West made it official Monday: He’s running for U.S. Senate, joining a crowded and unsettled Democratic primary in the race to unseat Republican John Cornyn.

“I’m battle tested,” West told supporters at a campaign launch event. “You’ve seen me in battle, and I’m ready today to announce my candidacy for the United States Senate.”

The Dallas attorney has been viewed as a potential primary contender for some time now, but he remained mum publicly on his plans. In June, West met with U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., where he reportedly had a “positive meeting” and signaled that he was likely to throw his hat in the ring. He filed the Federal Election Commission paperwork to formally launch his bid Friday.

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Former NASA flight director Chris Kraft dies at 95

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NASA's first flight director Chris Kraft, who played a critical role in the American space race, has died just days after 50th anniversary celebrations for the first Moon landing, the agency said.

The 95-year-old joined NASA in 1958 and developed the planning and control processes needed for crewed space missions, creating the agency's Mission Control operations that were used to manage the first US manned spaceflight and the Apollo missions to the Moon.

"America has truly lost a national treasure today with the passing of one of NASA's earliest pioneers," said agency chief Jim Bridenstine in a statement announcing Kraft's death on Monday.

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