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Rachel Maddow: These are the two mistakes Trump made that just hurt his reelection

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MSNBC host Rachel Maddow noted that President Donald Trump had every opportunity to continue on his victory lap with the letter from his hand-picked attorney general claiming he won’t be charged with conspiracy. One of Trump’s greatest skills was on full display Tuesday: his ability to take anything positive and turn it into something awful.

Such was the case as the president turned to talk about issues that Democrats have bested the GOP on over the last few years: healthcare and Trump’s ridiculous border wall.

Trump proclaimed that the Republican Party shall henceforth become known for its work on healthcare. Indeed, the GOP is already well known for their work on healthcare, just not the way they want to be. A mere 37 percent of Americans think the president is doing a good job on the issue, according to a new CNBC poll. While 52 percent think he’s doing a lousy job.

At the same time, Republicans have spent almost ten years fighting against the Affordable Care Act, which gave healthcare protections and access to Americans who couldn’t get it before. While costs have increased, according to reports, the increases would have been more severe without the bill. Republicans have worked to undermine it and destroy it with as many cuts as possible. Conservative governors across the country have refused to expand Medicaid to cover those in need, which only harmed those in their state.

Today, 50 percent of Americans support Obamacare, and only 37 percent do not. So, when Trump announced he was going to begin talking about the issue, without providing an alternative to killing the law, some Republicans were furious.

The second issue that is about to destroy the GOP is the ridiculous crusade for the border wall. Democrats tried to give the president a deal on the bill, but each time he refused it. Ultimately, he closed the federal government for the longest shutdown in American history. Americans blamed him for it. Now, the president has decided to cut money from the Pentagon budget for the Army and re-route it to get his supporters the wall he promised to deliver.

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“So you take those two things together, and I mean, it has been a day with lots of news in it, but it’s also been a day when a lot of news that broke is big news,” Maddow said during her Monday show. “I mean, among other things, we learned today that the Trump administration’s legal firepower from here on out, from here at least until the next election in 2020, is going to be devoted in the courts to trying to take health insurance away from tens of millions of Americans, to make them all uninsured and they’ll be fighting to take money away from U.S. troops to instead build Trump a wall that most Americans do not want. Which is, I guess, a nice double-barrelled strategy for the president’s reelection campaign, I’m sure they think that is.”

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Combat veteran unloads on Trump’s erratic behavior towards Iran in devastating Senate speech

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Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) took to the Senate floor on Tuesday to rebuke President Donald Trump for putting the United States on the path to a potential war with Iran.

"The past week has laid bare just how dangerous it can be to have a president who approaches foreign policy as if as it reality show, where the worst case that can happen is getting kicked off before the next episode airs. The president doesn’t seem to recognize that his words, his decisions can have life-and-death consequences for the brave Americans who wear our nation's uniform," she remarked.

"What we’ve seen from the White House of late should worry every single one of us. In one breath Trump is beating the drums of war, thumping his chest and pushing for a conflict that would kill an unimaginable number of people -- service members and civilians. In the next breath he tries to act like a peacemaker who wouldn’t even think of starting a war. It’s gaslighting, plain and simple."

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WATCH: Klobuchar uses Trump’s own intel advisors to blast GOP’s inaction on election security

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Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), a 2020 presidential candidate, blasted her Republican colleagues on the Senate floor Tuesday morning over an election security bill.

Klobuchar wants to attach the legislation, known as the Secure Elections Act, to a defense spending bill. But the move faces opposition from GOP leadership and the White House.

“We know one thing, and who do we know it from? We know it from the president’s own national intelligence director, we know it from his FBI director, we know it from all of his security leaders, and that is that Russia invaded our democracy,” Klobuchar said.

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Indicted GOP lawmaker spent campaign cash on affairs with three different lobbyists and one of his own staffers: DOJ

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A new filing from the Department of Justice claims that Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) has had multiple extramarital affairs since first taking office in 2009 -- including three with registered lobbyists and one with one of his own staff members.

According to the DOJ filing, as flagged by USA Today's Brad Heath, Hunter illegally used money donated to his congressional campaign to "carry out a series of intimate relationships" with women who were all involved in politics.

The DOJ argued that it needs to be able to discuss these affairs in front of jury in order to prove Hunter deliberately misused campaign funds.

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