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Political strategist unloads on Ivanka Trump: ‘She’s either criminally stupid or criminally arrogant’

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On Monday, it was revealed that Ivanka Trump had conducted government business over her personal email. It’s not yet clear if Democrats in Congress will investigate and what, if any, repercussions she might face. But political observers were quick to note how bad the optics are, given her father’s call to lock up Hillary Clinton over her use of her family’s private server.

A CNN panel Tuesday discussed what the revelations might mean for Ivanka going forward and what she could possibly have been thinking, having lived through the 2016 campaign. Veteran Democratic strategist Paul Begala expressed shock that she would be so careless.

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“The hypocrisy of Ms. Trump,” Begala said. “She’s either criminally stupid or criminally arrogant, maybe both, I don’t know,” he continued. “If anybody was on notice not to use private e-mail, it was someone in the Trump White House, particularly someone named Trump. Good lord. I mean, how stupid can you be, or how arrogant can you be?”

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‘Beyond insane’: CNN’s Ana Navarro buries impotent GOP as Trump descends into ‘messianic’ madness

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During a very lively CNN "New Day" panel, regular contributor Ana Navarro expressed disgust at the Republican Party for standing by while Donald Trump appears to be unraveling.

Responding to a report in the New York Times that claimed aides to the president are growing more and more concerned with the Trump's state of mind, Navarro said that same concern is spread outside of the U.S. too.

"We had a debate earlier in the program about whether or not the president at this point is just messing with everyone," host Alisyn Camerota prompted. "He's calling himself the 'chosen one.' He's suggesting he's the messiah. He seems to be enjoying this moment of rhetorical madness or Mr. Toad's Wild Ride -- do you see something else happening here?"

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‘Clearly a willing agent of a foreign government’: Presidential historian alarmed by Trump bowing to Russia

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Presidential historian Jon Meacham has concluded that President Donald Trump appears to be a "willing agent of a foreign government."

The Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential biographer was alarmed by Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's appeasement of Russia, in the face of its attacks on U.S. democracy and its aggression against Crimea and other neighbors.

Meacham told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" the situation was unprecedented in American history.

"(It's) as gloomy as at any point in the history of the country, in terms of a president's conduct of our policy toward a foe and/or a rival, depending on how you want to characterize Russia," Meacham said. "One of the great mysteries of the age, to me, continues to be how the party that was so vital to the defeat of Soviet totalitarianism has decided to support a president who is enabling and being in many ways complicit with the totalitarian heir to that system."

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After decades of corporate ‘decimation’ of unions, Bernie Sanders says it’s time for workers to win the class war

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After he unveiled a comprehensive plan to double union membership and strengthen labor rights, Sen. Bernie Sanders said during an AFL-CIO event in Iowa on Wednesday that it is time for America's workers to win the class war against corporate elites.

"If there is going to be class warfare in this country," said Sanders, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, "it's time that the working class of this country won that war."

Sanders explained that, over the past several decades, big corporations and their allies in government have been waging class war against workers, gutting their right to organize and bargain for better wages and working conditions.

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