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MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace breaks down how Donald Trump’s ‘terrible week just got worse’

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As President Donald Trump tours the southern border to push his wall, his political woes continued to grow as Nicolle Wallace explained on MSNBC’s “Deadline: White House” on Thursday.

“We will get to Donald Trump’s crisis and trip to the border — they didn’t want to take — in a minute, but breaking news this hour, Donald Trump’s terrible week just got worse,” she explained.

“His one-time fixer and personal lawyer Michael Cohen will testify in public before the House Oversight Committee on February 7th — that’s four weeks from today,” she noted.

“Remember, Michael Cohen is the man who claims that Donald Trump directed an illegal hush money scheme in the months before the election to pay off women he had relationships with,” Wallace continued.

Nick Confessore, political reporter for The New York Times, added his thoughts on the importance of the hearing.

“To speak in the president’s language, it’s going to be ‘yuge’ this year,” he joked. “It’s going to have blockbuster ratings because everyone wants to hear what Cohen has to say in public.”

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“This could be a stage for him to spill his guts,” Confessore said.

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Lock him up? Democrats are pushing prosecution for Trump — but those calls alarm some law enforcement vets

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President Donald Trump -- whose rallies are still punctuated with "lock her up" chants" -- may face turnabout from his Democratic rivals.

Some Democratic candidates are openly threatening Trump with prosecution once he's out of office, and those taunts are alarming to some law enforcement veterans, reported Politico.

“Presidents aren’t supposed to suggest there be investigations or prosecutions of particular people, let alone their political rivals,” said Matt Axelrod, a former Justice Department senior official under Obama. “President Trump has flagrantly and repeatedly violated that norm, but that doesn’t mean the norm has been obliterated.”

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WATCH: Alabama GOP official berates reporter about Sodom and Gomorrah after she questions his anti-LGBT rant

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Republican Mobile County Treasurer Phil Benson defiantly told a reporter from a local news station to read the biblical story of Sodom and Gomorrah when she came to ask him about his recent anti-LGBT rant that he posted on Facebook.

The controversy surrounding Benson started when he reacted angrily to a story about a bakery getting sued for refusing to serve an LGBT wedding.

"Freaking queers have gotten too much sympathy," Benson wrote on Facebook in response to the story.

Local news station NBC 15 sent out reporter Andrea Ramey to question him about his remarks, and he tried to insist that she read Chapter 19 of Genesis, which details the destruction of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah over their tolerance of homosexuality.

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Charitable giving drops after GOP tax ‘cut’: report

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On Tuesday, the Washington Post reported that charitable giving dropped 1.7 percent last year, adjusted for inflation, even as the economy surged.

The likely culprit? The GOP tax law, according to a report from Giving USA.

Although corporate donations rose 2.9 percent and foundation gifts rose 4.7 percent in the previous year, charitable donations from individuals — which is where the bulk of actual charity takes place — dropped 3.4 percent, the first time this has happened since the financial crisis.

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