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‘The president blinked’: CNN panel explains how Pelosi called Trump’s bluff — and won

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President Donald Trump late Wednesday backed off his threat to storm into the House of Representatives uninvited and deliver his State of the Union address in the House of Representatives without the consent of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

On CNN Thursday morning, host John Berman succinctly described what happened: “The president blinked.”

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“He now says he will not deliver that speech until a government shutdown is over,” Berman added. “This is a full 180 in tone and in substance.”

Host Alisyn Camerota then jumped in to provide more background to Trump’s unexpected cave on the State of the Union.

“CNN has learned that the White House was caught off guard when Speaker Pelosi called the president’s bluff,” she said. “Sources tell us that the president is increasingly mystified that his tactics have not turned the tables on Democrats.”

CNN’s Dana Bash then explained that not only was Trump surprised Pelosi called his bluff, but he was “actively looking” for alternate sites where he could deliver his address.

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Given all this, Berman said he was surprised that Trump backed down from his threats.

“They were searching for alternative sites!” he marveled. “They were threatening to walk up there!”

Watch the video below.

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Condi Rice deflects Trump’s racism by saying slavery was just ‘a number of people being treated badly’

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Former National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice on Sunday blamed Democrats for racism after she was asked about President Donald Trump's controversial bigoted statements.

During an interview on CNN, host Fareed Zakaria asked Rice about some of Trump's most racist statements, like telling Democratic congresswomen to "go back" where they came from. And when he said there were good people on "both sides" at a neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville.

"When you hear Trump, this is a repudiation of everything you were trying to do," Zakaria pointed out.

"The president needs to be a lot more careful," Rice agreed. "Race is a very delicate and raw nerve in America. We have the birth defect of slavery, we have the birth defect of a number of people being treated badly."

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Rand Paul snaps at Liz Cheney over Iran warmongering and announces plans to help her opponent

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Appearing on CNN's "State of the Union" with host Jake Tapper, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) took several shots at Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) over her desire to attack Iran and her defense of departed White House adviser John Bolton.

Asked about his ongoing feud with the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, Paul said the congresswomen is out of touch when it comes to American's taste for war.

“The Iraq War, President Trump has said, was the biggest geopolitical blunder of the last generation," Paul explained. "It destabilized the Middle East and increased the strength of Iran and tipped the balance toward Iran, so really there was nothing good about the Iraq war and Dick Cheney, Liz Cheney and John Bolton still don’t get it. They are still advocating for more regime change in the Middle East.”

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‘There are some women who’d beg to differ’: Watch CNN anchor’s epic response to sexism in politics

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On Saturday, CNN anchor S.E. Cupp gave a passionate lecture about the sexism female politicians face during political campaigns.

The host read a quote from a "top" advisor to former Vice President Joe Biden.

“I don't know of anybody who has taken as sustained and vitriolic a negative pounding as Biden ...really the most vicious press I think anyone's experienced,” the Biden advisor told Politico.

"Come again? What's that now?" Cupp asked in disbelief.

"I think there are some women who beg to differ," she noted.

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