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WATCH: MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow explains Trump’s ‘one big Hail Mary pass’ to ‘fix all of his problems at once’

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MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow on Tuesday suggested that President Donald Trump had attempted one big “Hail Mary” pass following the midterm elections.

“The White House — the Trump administration more broadly — appears to be in a kind of rattly phase,” the host noted. “Some of today’s wobbles appear to be the inevitable product of investigatory pressure on ethically challenged high-ranking individuals.”

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“So, some of it, I think, is driven by the way ethics scandals tend to end up, which is not good for the ethically challenged official,” she continued.

“A lot of this, though, appears to be driven by the political pressure that the White House is newly under in the wake of last week’s elections results,” she observed. “Democrats appear on-track to gain 37, if not 38, seats in the House of Representatives from these elections — which would be their largest congressional gains in a midterm election since the immediate aftermath of Watergate, right after Richard Nixon resigned.”

“So there is a lot going on right now in the news; there is a lot of pressure on this White House in this administration and from everything we have seen thus far, this is a president who does not handle pressure particularly well,” Maddow noted.

Maddow said firing Attorney General Jeff Sessions and attempting to install Matt Whitaker as acting Attorney General may be Trump’s big “Hail Mary” pass.

“His one, big, desperate, probably-won’t-work effort to try to fix all of his problems all at once by trying to fix law enforcement so it starts to help him out instead of continuing to threaten both him and senior members of his administration,” she continued.

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“And ‘Hail Mary’ passes occasionally do work, right? That’s why it’s still a play that people try in football,” she reminded. “There are reasons tonight to think that this one is probably not going to work.”

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‘I’m getting shot’: Shocking video shows police in Louisville hitting journalists with pepper bullets

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Police fired pepper bullets at a camera crew doing a live broadcast of the police violence protests in Louisville on Friday evening.

"WAVE 3 News reporter Kaitlin Rust appeared to have been hit by rubber bullets reportedly fired by an LMPD officer during a protest in downtown Louisville," the station reported.

Rust was wearing a fluorescent safety vest at the time of the incident.

"I'm getting shot," she shouted.

The news anchor asked, "who are they aiming that at?"

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Chicago Mayor Lightfoot to Trump: ‘What I really want to say … begins with F and it ends with U’

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CHICAGO — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Friday ripped President Donald Trump, saying he’s fomenting violence and playing to racist urges for political gain in response to the killing of a black man by a Minneapolis police officer and subsequent rioting.Lightfoot’s comments were an apparent response to Trump tweeting a message that included “When the looting starts, the shooting starts” in reply to rioting in Minneapolis and elsewhere following the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who died after a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on Floyd’s neck while he was in custody. Lig... (more…)

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Law enforcement files discredit Brian Kemp’s accusation that Democrats tried to hack the Georgia election

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It was a stunning accusation: Two days before the 2018 election for Georgia governor, Republican Brian Kemp used his power as secretary of state to open an investigation into what he called a “failed hacking attempt” of voter registration systems involving the Democratic Party.

But newly released case files from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation reveal that there was no such hacking attempt.

The evidence from the closed investigation indicates that Kemp’s office mistook planned security tests and a warning about potential election security holes for malicious hacking.

Kemp then wrongly accused his political opponents just before Election Day — a high-profile salvo that drew national media attention in one of the most closely watched races of 2018.

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