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‘If the BuzzFeed report is correct — we are at impeachment’: MSNBC conservative

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MSNBC commentator John Podhoretz said the bombshell BuzzFeed report, if confirmed, should end Donald Trump’s presidency.

The “Morning Joe” guest said the crimes detailed in that new reporting was much simpler and clearer than the alleged crimes related to Russian collusion, and he said Congress would have no choice but to impeach Trump if the claims are correct.

“The Russian collusion story is very complicated, hard to follow,” Podhoretz said. “There’s always a question whether collusion is conspiracy and what happened, what was in the president’s head. None of that matters here.”

“This is a very simple question,” he added. “Did the president suborn perjury or didn’t he?”

Trump’s longtime chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg has already struck an immunity deal with special counsel Robert Mueller, and Podhoretz said his testimony could provide evidence to bring down the president.

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“If there’s independent evidence from another Trump lawyer that they were getting all this information and somehow that Trump knew that Cohen shouldn’t share it, that’s open-and-shut,” Podhoretz said. “There’s no question at that point, and he will be impeached. That’s not to say he’ll be removed by the Senate, because then you have this political question of whether or not 17 or 15 Republican senators join the Democrats in removing him from office.”

“If the BuzzFeed story is correct we are, like, not only at another level, we are at impeachment,” he added.

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Democrats are on the verge of setting a ‘time bomb’ for any candidate who can defeat Trump

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If a new president takes over the White House in January 2021, he or she may quickly find that the Democratic Party that just won control of the executive branch left a loaded gun in the hands of the Republicans, who are all too eager to use it.

That should be the takeaway from reports about the budget negotiations between the House Democrats and the Trump administration. According to Bloomberg reporter Sahil Kapur, the parties are coalescing around an agreement to raise spending by $350 billion, offset that increase somewhat with about $75 billion, and extend the debt ceiling — now set to expire in the fall — to July 31, 2021.

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State Sen. Royce West enters Democratic primary to challenge John Cornyn

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State Sen. Royce West made it official Monday: He’s running for U.S. Senate, joining a crowded and unsettled Democratic primary in the race to unseat Republican John Cornyn.

“I’m battle tested,” West told supporters at a campaign launch event. “You’ve seen me in battle, and I’m ready today to announce my candidacy for the United States Senate.”

The Dallas attorney has been viewed as a potential primary contender for some time now, but he remained mum publicly on his plans. In June, West met with U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., where he reportedly had a “positive meeting” and signaled that he was likely to throw his hat in the ring. He filed the Federal Election Commission paperwork to formally launch his bid Friday.

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Former NASA flight director Chris Kraft dies at 95

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NASA's first flight director Chris Kraft, who played a critical role in the American space race, has died just days after 50th anniversary celebrations for the first Moon landing, the agency said.

The 95-year-old joined NASA in 1958 and developed the planning and control processes needed for crewed space missions, creating the agency's Mission Control operations that were used to manage the first US manned spaceflight and the Apollo missions to the Moon.

"America has truly lost a national treasure today with the passing of one of NASA's earliest pioneers," said agency chief Jim Bridenstine in a statement announcing Kraft's death on Monday.

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