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‘The reality star met reality’: GOP strategist says Trump made big bets on the shutdown while ‘holding a weak hand’

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Republican strategist Rick Tyler didn’t mince words on Thursday, telling MSNBC flatly that President Donald Trump made a high stakes bet on his shutdown, but he’s holding a weak hand against a much better player: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

“The reality star met reality,” Tyler said, adding that Trump’s challenge to Pelosi’s authority showed his own party exactly how badly the president plays poker.

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“Let me set the scene: the president is holding his hand, the whole Republican Party can see it,” Tyler said. “He’s got a pair of 2s, this is a very weak hand. What he’s betting against national security is that nothing goes wrong in the aviation industry.”

“And you can tell none of this is serious for two reasons. One is you don’t say that border security is a priority and then not pay the people who are securing the border,” he continued. “The current barrier, which only covers less than 700 miles, was $7 billion. So clearly it doesn’t — the $4.9 doesn’t pay for the whole border.”

“Not one Republican can tell you where they’re going to build this wall,” Tyler added angrily. “It is not a serious proposal.”

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Iran says seized British-flagged tanker ‘free’ to leave

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Iran said on Monday that a British-flagged oil tanker is "free" to leave more than two months after it was seized in the Gulf.

"The legal process has finished and based on that the conditions for letting the oil tanker go free have been fulfilled and the oil tanker can move," government spokesman Ali Rabiei told a news conference.

He did not specify when the Swedish-owned vessel would be allowed to set sail.

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps surrounded the Stena Impero with attack boats before rappelling onto the deck of the tanker in the Strait of Hormuz on July 19.

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MSNBC’s Morning Joe fact-checks Trump’s ‘slimy’ lies about Biden: ‘He’s rigging the election!’

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough threw cold water on President Donald Trump's accusations against Joe Biden, as the Ukraine scandal continues to widen.

The "Morning Joe" host ripped the president for pressuring Ukraine's president to dig up dirt on Biden and then leaning on states to cancel Republican primaries to snuff out three challengers' campaigns.

"You talk about an inside game, rigging the process, and we talked about how Donald Trump is rigging the process on the Republican side to make sure that as many states as possible cancel democratic elections for the primary," Scarborough said. "I mean, he's learning from Vladimir Putin the way you get 100 percent of the vote is you just cancel the elections, and that's what Donald Trump is getting Republican operatives to do across the country."

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Trump condemned for moving to ‘roll back the clock’ as letter exposes his attempt to form anti-abortion UN coalition

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"It's not just abortion that they care about, they care about women's ability to exercise autonomy over their bodies and about denying them critical access to the services they need."

Global women's rights advocates raised alarm Monday after a leaked letter showed the Trump administration is pressuring U.N. member nations to join an international anti-abortion coalition.

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