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‘Thank you!’: Progressive CNN analyst awed by Jeff Flake’s moves to spurn Trump and McConnell on Senate floor

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CNN panelists reacted in real-time upon learning that outgoing Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) promised to block Donald Trump’s judicial nominees until and unless the Senate advances a vote to protect special counsel Robert Mueller.

“That’s not an idle threat,” host Jake Tapper said, noting that “if he votes against any of the 32 judges that come before the Senate floor, that makes it 50-50 and [Vice President] Mike Pence gets to be a tiebreaker.

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“More importantly,” the host added, “the 21 judicial nominees who haven’t been reported out of committee — Republicans only have a one-vote advantage in that committee. If Jeff flake refuses to vote for any of them, that means they don’t get reported out of committee.”

Tapper jokingly asked progressive operative Symone Sanders if this is what she’d been “begging Jeff Flake to do,” and Sanders agreed.

“Jeff Flake, thank you!” the former Bernie Sanders press secretary said. “Why did it take so long?”

Sanders later joked that she would “maybe” work on a potential Flake presidential campaign.

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The Trump murder video is no joke: It’s an encouragement to ramp up the violence

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Donald Trump is not a “friendly fascist.” Unlike Ronald Reagan, the prototype for that concept, Trump does not pretend to be harmless. He does not offer up fake smiles and a cheerful nature, or display empathy and human concern for others, feigned or otherwise.

This article first appeared in Salon.

Donald Trump is direct, obvious and public in his threats against democracy, the Constitution and the rule of law. Trump and his movement are working to destroy America’s multiracial democracy through appeals to a mythic past that will “Make America Great Again.” In practice this means undoing all the social progress and democratic reforms of the last century or more and returning to a society where white people — rich white male Christians, in particular — are fully in control over all aspects of American society for all time.

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Nancy Pelosi goes there: Trump’s White House ‘meltdown’ is a sign he’s cracking under pressure

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We’ve reached the season where faithful viewers are forced to quit the series. If this were a Tom Clancy novel, it wouldn’t be believable. Day 1,000 of the Trump presidency has jumped the shark.This article first appeared in Salon.

“I think now we have to pray,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters upon returning to Capitol Hill from the White House late Wednesday. Along with other Democratic leaders from Congress, Pelosi had earlier walked out of a White House meeting after what she described as "a very serious meltdown on the part of the president.”

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‘Take that down!’ Morning Joe demands producer yank ugly Trump tweet attacking Pelosi after meltdown meeting

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During a "Morning Joe" segment on Donald Trump's highly contentious meeting with House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi, host Joe Scarborough grew so disgusted with a tweet the president aimed at the California Democrat that he demanded his producer pull it from view for viewers.

After sharing what he called a "now iconic" photo of Pelosi confronting the president in the meeting and pointing out that people on Trump's side of the table were uniformly hanging their heads in shame, the show then shared Trump's Twitter interpretation of the meeting which included an ugly smear of Pelosi.

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