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WATCH: Maxine Waters delivers fiery opening argument for the immediate impeachment of Donald Trump

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During her weekly segment on MSNBC’s AM Joy, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) delivered a scathing opening argument for Congress to bring articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump immediately.

Speaking with host Joy Reid, the new head of the powerful House Financial Services Committee got right to the point by knocking aside others who have urged caution in going after the president until special counsel Robert Mueller issues his report.

“We have the consultants and the pundits and all of them saying don’t talk about the impeachment,” Waters complained. “His supporters are going to be there for him no matter what — we know what percentage that is. So waiting for Mueller, to get permission based on his report to do this, is not something that I agree with.”

“If the [Democratic] leadership and others have decided what they want to do, that’s what they are going to do, but I have to tell you that I believe in the final analysis, they can only come to that conclusion [regarding impeachment],” she continued. “The Russians have hacked into the Democratic National Committee and they undermined our election system. They have done everything to basically undermine our democracy and this president disregards our constitution whatever his relationship is with Putin.

Addressing the federal workers who are going without pay while Trump holds them hostage in order to get funding for his wall, Waters added, “We are going to do everything we can to support you and get this government open and this president must be impeached.”

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Democrats are on the verge of setting a ‘time bomb’ for any candidate who can defeat Trump

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If a new president takes over the White House in January 2021, he or she may quickly find that the Democratic Party that just won control of the executive branch left a loaded gun in the hands of the Republicans, who are all too eager to use it.

That should be the takeaway from reports about the budget negotiations between the House Democrats and the Trump administration. According to Bloomberg reporter Sahil Kapur, the parties are coalescing around an agreement to raise spending by $350 billion, offset that increase somewhat with about $75 billion, and extend the debt ceiling — now set to expire in the fall — to July 31, 2021.

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State Sen. Royce West enters Democratic primary to challenge John Cornyn

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State Sen. Royce West made it official Monday: He’s running for U.S. Senate, joining a crowded and unsettled Democratic primary in the race to unseat Republican John Cornyn.

“I’m battle tested,” West told supporters at a campaign launch event. “You’ve seen me in battle, and I’m ready today to announce my candidacy for the United States Senate.”

The Dallas attorney has been viewed as a potential primary contender for some time now, but he remained mum publicly on his plans. In June, West met with U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., where he reportedly had a “positive meeting” and signaled that he was likely to throw his hat in the ring. He filed the Federal Election Commission paperwork to formally launch his bid Friday.

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Former NASA flight director Chris Kraft dies at 95

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NASA's first flight director Chris Kraft, who played a critical role in the American space race, has died just days after 50th anniversary celebrations for the first Moon landing, the agency said.

The 95-year-old joined NASA in 1958 and developed the planning and control processes needed for crewed space missions, creating the agency's Mission Control operations that were used to manage the first US manned spaceflight and the Apollo missions to the Moon.

"America has truly lost a national treasure today with the passing of one of NASA's earliest pioneers," said agency chief Jim Bridenstine in a statement announcing Kraft's death on Monday.

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