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‘He has a fragile psyche’: MSNBC analyst says Pelosi and Schumer realized how to win ‘psyops’ against Trump



Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) learned how to outsmart President Donald Trump on Tuesday, as MSNBC’s “The Last Word” with Lawrence O’Donnell reported.

“I think the Democrats — Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer — have to reconsider all tactics in dealing with the president in these situations,” O’Donnell advised.

“Why go into a circus?” he asked. “Discussion with a circus clown?”

However, he said, “if you are in a discussion with a circus clown in the Oval Office, for the first time in history, I think the — what will be the Speaker of the House and the Senate Minority Leader, have to consider when they get up and leave.”

“The power of them walking out on him is a power that at some point they might want to exercise,” he added.

“Totally agree that all reconsideration of tactics is in order. I totally agree a different kind of counter-theater is in order,” replied NBC News national affairs analyst John Heilemann replied.


“What was clear today is — although they may not have done everything they could have done to unnerve Donald Trump — that they did unnerve him,” he observed. “What is clear is that psyops work with Donald Trump.”

“He has a fragile psyche, a simple psyche, an easy-to-game-out psyche,” he added.


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Progressive reformer claims victory in fiercely-contested Queens DA race



Progressive reformer Tiffany Cabán has declared victory in her campaign versus Melinda Katz in the Queens District Attorney race.

With 99% of precincts reporting, Cabán held a lead of 1,090 votes, The New York Times reports.

Cabán was backed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

Katz was backed by Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY), who chairs the Queens Democratic Party, and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY)



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New 2020 poll shows Trump trailing all Democrats — some by double-digits



President Donald Trump trails all of his Democratic rivals in hypothetical matchups of the 2020 presidential race, according to the result of a new poll released Tuesday.

This article originally appeared on Salon.

The survey, conducted by Emerson Polling, found that the president lags behind former vice president Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., by 10 points nationally — 45 percent to 55 percent. He also trails Sen. Elizabeth Warren by six points — 47 percent to 53 percent —and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg by four points — 48 percent to 52 percent.

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Beto O’Rourke’s ‘war tax’ policy proposal is straight out of ‘Starship Troopers’



Amid an overcrowded Democratic presidential candidate field, it's hard to distinguish yourself from the pack if you don't slot easily into the scale that runs from "pro-corporate centrist" to "left-populist." If you're former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke —  who falls somewhere in the middle, politically, and somewhere towards the top, looks-wise — you pull a militaristic policy proposal out of your hat that recalls some of the most campy pseudo-fascist sci-fi ever written.

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