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‘Incredibly disrespectful’: Trump’s AG nominee hammered for refusing to meet with Democrats

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A former Justice Department official slammed Donald Trump’s attorney general nominee for refusing to meet with a Democratic Senator — while still meeting with two Republicans.

Matthew Miller, a former DOJ official who now is an MSNBC analyst, tweeted Wednesday that he was surprised to learn that Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, was denied by AG nominee William Barr when she requested to interview him before his confirmation hearing.

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Earlier in the night, Klobuchar revealed to MSNBC’s Chris Hayes that Barr’s office claimed the nominee “wasn’t able to do the meeting” because of the government shutdown.

“They said I could meet him after the hearing, because of the shutdown, that they weren’t able to do the meeting,” the Minnesota Democrat told Hayes. “This is a first for me, because we did request a meeting… and I have always met with major cabinet members under both the Obama administration as well as the Trump administration.”

As Miller pointed out in his tweets, however, Barr managed to meet with Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC).

“I have never heard of an AG nominee refusing meetings with Judiciary members before,” the former DOJ official noted. “Incredibly disrespectful.”

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Miller then added in a subsequent tweet: “Somehow he found time to meet with Graham and Grassley today. I guess the shutdown wasn’t an issue for meeting with Republicans.”

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‘I don’t care’: Watch Kamala Harris shut down Chris Hayes for asking a dumb question about Trump

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Sen. Kamala Harris shut down MSNBC anchor Chris Hayes during a post-debate interview on Tuesday evening.

Hayes questioned Harris about her call for Twitter to follow their terms of service and kick President Donald Trump off of the platform.

"Do you think he puts people’s lives in danger when he targets them in tweets?" Hayes asked.

"Absolutely," Harris replied.

"Do you think he knows that?" Hayes asked.

"Does it matter?" Harris replied.

"The fact is he did it. The fact is that he is irresponsible, he is erratic," she explained. "He is like a 2-year-old with a machine gun."

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Democrats blast Trump and demand his impeachment at CNN debate

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Democratic White House hopefuls united in searing condemnation of Donald Trump during their fourth debate Tuesday, saying the president has broken the law, abused his power, and deserves to be impeached.

From the opening moments, most of the dozen candidates on stage launched fierce broadsides against Trump over the Ukrainian scandal at the heart of the impeachment inquiry.

"The impeachment must go forward," said Senator Elizabeth Warren, who is neck and neck with former vice president Joe Biden at the head of the 2020 nominations race.

"Impeachment is the way that we establish that this man will not be permitted to break the law over and over without consequences," she thundered.

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Here are 3 winners and 4 losers from the CNN/NYT Democratic presidential primary debate

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Twelve Democrats took to the stage Tuesday night for yet another debate in the party's 2020 president primary hosted by CNN and the New York Times.

After only ten candidates qualified for the previous debate, an additional two — Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and wealthy donor and former hedge fund manager Tom Steyer — made it to the stage this round for an even more crowded event.

The candidates discussed a range of important policy issues, but since the format was a debate, and they're all competing for the same nomination, it is ultimately most critical who won and who lost the night. Here are three winners and four losers — necessarily a subjective assessment, of course — from the debate:

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