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Lawrence O’Donnell: Trump is ‘alone in a hell of his own creation’ as he loses shutdown fight to Nancy Pelosi

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MSNBC anchor and former U.S. Senate staffer Lawrence O’Donnell on Thursday explained how President Donald Trump is losing the political battle over his shutdown of the federal government.

“Nancy Pelosi said no to Donald Trump again today and so tonight a defeated president finds himself alone in a hell of his own creation, a government shutdown which he thought was going to make him look strong but makes him look weaker every day, with his polling numbers getting worse all the time and with Republicans defecting from the Trump sinking ship every day, every time there’s a vote,” he explained.

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“Nancy Pelosi beat Donald Trump once again today, and this time, this time Nancy Pelosi beat Donald Trump in the United States Senate,” he continued.

“The Senate took up a spending bill which Nancy Pelosi had passed through the House of Representatives which would reopen the government for a few weeks — and it won a majority vote, including six Republican votes,” he explained. “Those were six Republican Senate votes for what Nancy Pelosi wants.”

“Senators Mitt Romney (R-UT), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Susan Collins (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Johnny Isaacson (R-GA) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) — all Republicans — all cast their votes in favor of their federal government worker constituents, the government workers in their states who are suffering,” he reported. “And they cast those votes against Donald Trump.”

O’Donnell also noted the lasting damage Trump is doing to public perception of his administration.

“That Donald Trump has the worst cabinet in history and the worst White House staff in history is beyond dispute,” O’Donnell argued. “What is now sadly beyond dispute is that Donald Trump has the cruelest White House staff and the cruelest cabinet in history.”

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“This is a truly vicious form of cruelty. It’s the kind of cruelty that is so oblivious to the way real people live that there’s no limit to how much harm they can do to those people because of that obliviousness,” O’Donnell warned.

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Pope Francis struck with unknown illness one day after expressing solidarity with coronavirus sufferers

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Just one day after expressing solidarity and support for coronavirus sufferers, Pope Francis has come down with a virus himself, forcing him to cancel a planned mass in Rome, the New York Post reports.

The unknown illness struck the Pope while the coronavirus spreads across Italy. According to CNN, Italian authorities have cordoned off areas where more than 50,000 people live in an attempt to prevent further outbreaks. Around 400 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Italy, and 12 have died.

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‘Rich people have profited enough’: New poll shows two-thirds of Americans support wealth tax to combat inequality

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Support for a wealth tax to combat persistent inequality in the U.S. is growing, according to a new poll released Wednesday by TheHill/HarrisX which found that just over two-thirds of Americans favor a tax on the wealthiest households.

Sixty-seven percent of respondents—including majorities of Democrats and Independents—said there should be a wealth tax on billionaires, as Democratic presidential candidates Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) have proposed.

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Jay-Z files second civil lawsuit against Mississippi prison for ‘barbaric’ treatment of inmates

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Alleging "barbaric" conditions, rapper and record executive Jay-Z has filed a lawsuit against the Mississippi Department of Corrections on behalf of 152 inmates, The Guardian reports.

The lawsuit states that Parchman prison is responsible for "abhorrent conditions, abuse and constant violence, inadequate health care and mental health care, and overuse of isolation," adding that "the people confined at Parchman live a miserable and hopeless existence confronted daily by imminent risk of substantial harm in violation of their rights under the US Constitution."

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