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MSNBC’s Morning Joe and Mika slam GOP and Fox News ‘sleaze merchants’ slandering slain journalist as terrorist

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MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski slammed the “sleaze merchants” on Capitol Hill and Fox News pushing a whisper campaign against disappeared journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The “Morning Joe” hosts played a clip from Fox News showing the hosts pushing rumors that the Washington Post journalist was a terrorist sympathizer, which they admitted had little basis in fact.

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“‘I’m putting it in the mix, I’m just putting it out there, I’m just saying, like, I’m just putting it out there,'” Brzezinski said. “A complete lie. I’m just going to put it out there because that’s my responsibility, to lie. That’s incredibly irresponsible.”

Scarborough agreed the claims against Khashoggi were a “complete lie,” and he shamed President Donald Trump’s allies for spreading those rumors as the Saudis apparently engage in a coverup of their involvement in his death.

“What the sleaze merchants on talk radio and other outlets are doing, they give sleazy a bad name,” Scarborough said. “They’re actually saying that he’s affiliated with al-Qaeda because he was a reporter, like a lot of reporters who reported on Osama bin Laden in the 80s and the 90s and the Mujahidin.”

“It’s incredible,” he added. “I guess if people want to ask how low the far right, the sleaze merchants can go, this is a pretty good place to start. This is a pretty good case study.”

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The two biggest attacks on Mike Bloomberg came from the women at the debate

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Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg had a target painted on his for the Democratic Debate in Las Vegas Wednesday, and all of the Democrats came out swinging.

After an attack by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) explained that there's a billionaire in the race who degrades women by calling them "fat broads and horse-faced lesbians," and it wasn't Donald Trump.

"I'm talking about Mayor Bloomberg," she said. "Democrats are not going to win if we have a nominee who has a history of hiding his tax returns, of harassing women. And of supporting racist policies like redlining and stop and frisk. Look, I'll support whoever the Democratic nominee is, but understand this, Democrats take a huge risk if we just substitute one arrogant billionaire for another."

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‘Barr is a toady’: Jeffrey Toobin says talk of attorney general resigning is ‘just a big show’

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CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin says he doesn't believe Attorney General William Barr when he claims he considered resigning from the Trump administration.

Sources close to Barr told ABC News that the attorney general had contemplated quitting because President Donald Trump's tweets make it difficult for him to do his job.

"Barr is a toady," Toobin explained during an appearance on CNN. "Barr is doing what he's told. He had this one statement, 'Oh, whoa is me, it's hard for me to do my job when the president tweets.'"

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Trump wants Ric Grenell to keep his ambassador job while also overseeing every intelligence agency: report

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On Wednesday, President Donald Trump was reported to be planning to appoint U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell to serve as acting Director of National Intelligence — a position for which he has zero qualifications. The move raised immediate fears, given that Grenell is a hardline Trump loyalist.

But it doesn't stop there. Reports also suggest that the president intends for Grenell to keep serving as Ambassador to Germany at the same time as he is overseeing every U.S. intelligence agency.

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