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Here’s how Pelosi and Schumer called Trump’s bluff — and hung the shutdown around his neck

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In a deep dive into the relationship between House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Politico reveals that the two have formed a pact that any dealings with President Donald Trump will be conducted jointly as a show of power.

According to the report, Trump sought to speak with Schumer alone in the hopes of getting the senator to work with him on getting a border wall deal that would pass muster in Senate with the help of Democrats.

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Despite a history of having one-on-one meetings with the president, Schumer said no more, telling the president’s advisers: “Only with Nancy.”

Forced to meet with the two together, Trump allowed the media to cover their now-public debate where the frustrated Trump blurted out that he would be proud to shut down the government — which has come back to haunt him.

According to the report, “Republicans have tried to drive a wedge between the duo for more than a month now. They’ve cast Schumer as eager to cut a deal and Pelosi as an impediment. They’ve floated the idea that Pelosi would be more willing to compromise after she was elected speaker.”

Instead, as Politico reports, “By setting a model of unity, Schumer and Pelosi have also kept moderates in their caucus from breaking ranks and underscored how difficult it will be for Trump to get Democrats to fold. From House freshmen in Trump-held districts to centrist Senate Democrats like Joe Manchin of West Virginia, they’ve all said: Open the government, then let’s talk about the border.”

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Democratic lawmakers say the dynamic works because each one recognizes what the other brings to the table.

“She is the lead Democrat by virtue of her title and majority status,” explained Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VVA). “He kind of is playing the role of wingman right now [but] I think Chuck is a pro and I think he understands roles ebb and flow.”

Added Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT), “It forces Republicans to think differently about their strategy if they see Nancy and Chuck as a unit for the next two years.”

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Donald Trump is making a mockery of Marco Rubio — and the Florida senator is letting him

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Sen. Marco Rubio was once one of Donald Trump’s most formidable opponents; now, the Florida senator bends over backward to excuse the president’s corruption.

In 2016, Rubio and Trump sparred frequently on the Republican primary debate stage. Trump picked the uninspired nickname “Little Marco” for the senator, which didn’t seem to do much damage on its own, but Rubio never gained the momentum or strength that his backers hoped would prove to be strong enough to take down the reality TV candidate. As Rubio grew desperate, he launched one of his most memorable and pitiful attacks by stooping to his opponent’s level, implying that Trump had a small penis. It was more of an embarrassing moment for Rubio than anyone else, though Trump helped himself with a crude rejoinder.

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The faith of Fox News: How the network’s propaganda warps viewers’ sense of reality

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A longtime sticking point among Fox News employees is their insistent differentiation between its news division, where employees practice actual journalism, and its opinion division, where employees practice actual nativism, spew misinformation, and have been actively campaigning for Donald Trump’s re-election since 2016.  Inside the organization, they claim to believe that the news side is separate from the opinion side, and insist that the audience can tell the difference.

News anchor Shepard Smith once characterized comparing the two as “apples and teaspoons.”

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Maddow warns Russia is interfering in the 2020 election in ‘exactly the same way’ as they did in 2016

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MSNBC's Rachel Maddow on Monday warned that Russia and the Republicans are running the "exact same play" against Democrats in 2020 -- and this time will be aided by the United States Justice Department.

"And they are playing it again already for the next election. And some of it is happening just like it did in 2016. And some of it is worse and I think it’s going to be more powerful than it was in 2016. In part because this is a second draft for these guys, right? They ran this play in 2016. They worked out some of the kinks," she explained. "Now they’ll do it again with the benefit of knowing what worked for them and what didn’t work the first time around. It’s a second draft. It’s going to be better and more polished."

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