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‘Trump whisperer’ Maggie Haberman predicts ‘messy’ escalation in shutdown as Trump has no staff left to counsel him

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New York Times political reporter Maggie Haberman is known for her ability to maintain close ties to Trumpworld, even earning the nickname “Trump whisperer” for her insights and ability to predict Trump’s behavior.

On Thursday, Haberman had bad news for anyone hoping to see a quick and painless end to the shutdown that Trump called for in an effort to get House Democrats to allocate money for the wall he promised voters Mexico would pay for in 2020.

Appearing on CNN with host Anderson Cooper, Haberman said Trump’s tactics—such as canceling a visit to troops in Afghanistan by congressional Democrats—comes straight out of New York politics and mirror strategies that were employed by people like his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, a former mayor.

“The problem is, it’s different when you’re president doing it,” she said. “For him, it risks coming off as petty.”

Pelosi was “clearly trolling” Trump by canceling his State of the Union address, Haberman said, and he had to respond by “doing something to appear dominant.”

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“I do think that this is going to become a messy back-and-forth,” she said. “We are well past the point where he is listening to people around him who want him to appear presidential. He has shattered norms over and over. They have said ‘You are not in your re-election window,’ assuming he is going to run for re-election. This is going to be the type of politics you are going to see over and over again. It’s how he won.”

Cooper asked Haberman who Trump is listening to in the West Wing.

“Mostly himself,” she said. “He is increasingly guided by what he wants to do. And, remember, there are very few people in the White House left. There is a lot that has been boiled down. And you have a very small core group, many of whom—not all, but many of whom—share his impulses.”

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Fox News is so obsessed with Ocasio-Cortez they said her name three times as much as CNN or MSNBC

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It's clear that Fox News and other right-wing reporters are trying to create boogymen in Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. A new analysis by CNN media reporter Brian Stelter, revealed that the conservative network has said Ocasio-Cortez's name more than CNN and MSNBC combined.

"First, Ocasio-Cortez and her "Squad" mate Ilhan Omar have been talked about a lot more on Fox than on other cable news channels this year," Stelter wrote. "Second, the freshmen have been getting more attention on cable than seasoned leaders of the Democratic Party."

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CNN’s Santorum gets his butt handed to him by fellow conservative over defense of Trump’s ‘disgusting’ racism

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CNN contributor Rick Santorum ran into some fierce resistance on Sunday morning when he attempted to defend the explicit racism in Donald Trump's tweets at Democratic lawmakers -- with the only other conservative on the panel blowing up on him.

Speaking with fill-in host Dana Bash, the former GOP Senator from Pennsylvania was right away on the defensive when asked about the president's tweets and the resulting "send her back" chant at a rally in North Carolina.

"He says things to bring attention to these issues and I know it's hair on fire time for everyone on the left," Santorum offered in Trump's defense, which brought a sharp comeback from fellow conservative CNN commentator S.E. Cupp.

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Trump busted for doubling down on his racist rants before Mueller speaks: ‘He’s scared’

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Appearing on CNN's "New Day," a former adviser to Bill Clinton said that he expects ex-special counsel Robert Mueller to make a some blunt statements about President Donald Trump in his upcoming appearance before a Congressional committee that will cause voters to turn on the president.

According to Guy Smith, who advised former President Bill Clinton during his impeachment ordeal, Mueller's own words will carry tremendous weight with voters who have no idea what is in his report on the president.

"Well, what we're going to see is people who have never read the report, which is most everybody, and they have only heard President Trump and the attorney general say he's been exonerated. It does not," he told host Christi Paul. "So, what's going to happen is that they're going to be hearing Robert Mueller in his own words say that the president obstructed justice. The American people have not read this thing."

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