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Paul Krugman explains why Trump may have massively screwed up Sessions’ firing: ‘His wall has been breached’

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Was President Donald Trump’s decision to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions and replace him with Matthew Whitaker part of a cunning strategy to end the Mueller probe — or did the president just massively step in it again?

Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman thinks Trump made an epic mistake with his decision to abruptly ax Sessions and replace him with a hardcore loyalist who even Fox News’ top legal analyst believes is legally unqualified for the position.

“Surely the plan was always to kill the Mueller investigation after the midterm,” Krugman speculates. “But this was probably envisioned as something to go along with a GOP House that would block all other inquiry. Trump’s anger over the loss may have moved him to act without thinking things through.”

Krugman goes on to explain that Trump can no longer simply bury the Mueller probe now that Democrats have retaken the House — and his efforts to do so now may only add to the legal jeopardy he faces for obstruction of justice.

“With a Dem House Trump can’t really kill the inquiry — because now people with subpoena power can call Mueller and colleagues for testimony, and get the facts out anyway,” he writes. “In fact, this could be worse than letting Mueller finish and then sitting on the report.”

The bottom line, Krugman argues, is that Trump is “not a dictator” — and now “his defensive wall has been breached.”

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Senator Elizabeth Warren leads Democrats in spirited first 2020 debate

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Ten Democrats clashed in the first debate of the 2020 presidential race Wednesday with Elizabeth Warren cementing her status as a top-tier candidate and several underdogs using the issue of immigration to clamor for the limelight.

The biggest American political debate since the 2016 presidential campaign is occurring over two nights in Miami, climaxing Thursday with former vice president Joe Biden squaring off against nine challengers, including number two candidate Bernie Sanders.

But Wednesday's first take was a spirited encounter between Democrats like ex-congressman Beto O'Rourke, Senator Cory Booker, former San Antonio mayor Julian Castro and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on subjects as varied as health care, economic inequality, climate action, gun violence, Iran and immigration.

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Here are 4 winners and 9 losers from the first 2020 Democratic primary debate

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With ten candidates on stage Wednesday, the opening debate of the 2020 Democratic primary in Miami was a packed mess. And this was only the first course in a two-part event — 10 more candidates will debate on the following night.

A crowded field makes it difficult to stand out, and that means that even after a big night like a debate, the most likely result is that not much changes. But the debate was still significant, giving candidates the chance to exceed, meet, or fall below expectations for their performances.

Here's a list — necessarily subjective, of course — of the people who came out on the top when the dust was settled, and those who came out on the bottom.

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Here are 3 ways Julián Castro stood out in the first Democratic Debate

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There were many predictions going into the first Democratic debate on MSNBC, but no one predicted that Julián Castro would break out from the crowd.

Check out the top three ways Castro stood out from the crowd.

Immigration:

The former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development was the outright winner of the immigration section of the debate

It should "piss us all off," Castro said about the father and his little girl who were found face-down in the shores of the Rio Grande River this week. “It’s heartbreaking."

Castro is a second generation American who got into specifics on immigration policy, calling for an outright "Marshall Plan" style of action for Guatemala and Honduras. He joined with other Democrats calling for an end to President Donald Trump's family separation policy, but he then suggested ending the "metering" of legitimate asylum seekers.

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