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Top chief of staff pick told Trump they’d need $500K in legal defense fees to combat legal ‘exposure’

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An investigative reporter who’s been tracking the revolving door in the Trump White House revealed Monday that one of the president’s best candidates to fill his chief of staff position wouldn’t do it unless they were given a hefty sum to combat legal exposure.

Daily Beast columnist Margaret Carlson began her Monday evening MSNBC appearance pointing out how “bad” Donald Trump’s staff must be if they didn’t warn him that Nick Ayers, Vice President Mike Pence’s outgoing chief of staff and the president’s top pick for his own, didn’t commit to two years in the role.

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“There is a reluctance for people to come in,” Carlson noted.

Along with a need for better aides, the reporter said Trump also needs better lawyers — but attorneys like former Bush administration Solicitor General Ted Olson and white-collar defense counsel Brendan Sullivan won’t have him.

“One of the best people who would have been chief of staff, whom I can’t name, actually said, ‘It’s going to cost me $500,000 in legal fees if I go into the White House,” Carlson said.

Host Ari Melber asked the reporter why that candidate brought that figure up and Carlson responded that they did so because “the exposure of it” would cost that much.

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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.

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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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