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MSNBC panel: ‘Rock star’ Beto O’Rourke’s victory could represent ‘complete political realignment’

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MSNBC’s “Deadline: White House” examined on Wednesday the contentious U.S. Senate race in Texas where Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) is challenging Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).

Wallace began by playing the hilarious clip of Tuesday night’s debate where O’Rourke revived the “Lyin’ Ted” nickname that Donald Trump bestowed on Sen. Cruz during the 2016 Republican presidential primary.

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“The other thing about Ted Cruz — inside the Republican ranks — he’s loathed,” noted Wallace, a former White House communications director under GOP President George W. Bush. “He’s not even a popular Republican.”

Wallace also had thoughts on O’Rourke and his campaign.

“He’s a very effective — very good candidate and very popular in parts of Texas where Democrats usually don’t have a fighting chance,” Wallace noted.

Even conservative Weekly Standard contributing editor Charlie Sykes admitted, “He’s a rock star, that 50,000-person rally — that is amazing.”

“Ted Cruz is vulnerable and I think we’re in for a surprise,” predicted Princeton University Prof. Eddie Glaude.

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“I think this midterm is going to signal a complete political realignment,” he added. “If not, then I’ll just reach for my Jameson bottle.”

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Trump’s lies and deception are catching up to all of us as the stock market posts ‘worst point drop ever on record’

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In a muddled, dishonest, rambling news conference from the White House press briefing room, President Donald Trump for over an hour talked to reporters Wednesday evening about coronavirus in an attempt to stave off three days of market near-collapse. He lied. He twisted the truth. He displayed little grasp of basic facts. He didn’t let the experts run the show.

He instilled no confidence Wednesday night. In fact, the DOW futures dropped as Trump began speaking:

Dow Futures dropped when Trump said the market fell 2k points because of the Dem debate pic.twitter.com/cvbviB2l9a

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‘People’s lives will be lost’: Psychiatrist warns ‘sociopath’ Trump is ‘getting worse’ — and failing in coronavirus response

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President Donald Trump's psychological problems are getting worse and could be consequential as America faces a potential COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell on Thursday interviewed Dr. Lance Dodes, a former assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

"As you pointed out, Lawrence, this man is about himself. He really is not about the country, he's not about public health," Dr. Dodes said of Trump.

"Although he has already severely damaged the country by being a psychopath or sociopath -- in many ways, he's damaged democracy -- I think people's lives will be lost now," he warned. "Individual lives will be lost because of the way he's mishandling the coronavirus issue."

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‘Something really rotten’: Here’s the evidence of extensive voter suppression in Georgia’s notorious 2018 election

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As the 2020 presidential campaign cycle grinds on, there’s renewed concern about the 21st century’s newest form of warfare: cyber-sabotage of government systems, including elections and online disinformation intended to incite unrest. But as Suppressed: The Fight to Vote, a documentary from Brave New Films, makes clear, partisan voter suppression tactics with 20th-century roots remain and can thwart multitudes of voters from changing their state’s political leaders.

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