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‘Trump will poke Democrats in the eye’ and nothing will get done before 2020: MSNBC host

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MSNBC host Chuck Todd doesn’t think much will change now that Robert Mueller has finished his report on President Donald Trump.

Despite holding both houses of Congress, the Republicans have struggled to get much done. Aside from their tax bill, no meaningful legislation has moved forward. Meanwhile, Trump ushered in the longest government shutdown in American history in a fight over his border wall.

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When Democrats took over Congress in 2018, they started work on government accountability legislation and voter protections, though Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell isn’t likely to allow a vote on legislation the House passes.

Todd noted that Trump isn’t really interested in long-term issues. His panel agreed, noting that the president tends to live in the moment and doesn’t look beyond the day.

Politico writer Jake Sherman revealed that Republicans have said to him that they’ve been living under a cloud of impeachment and they’re grateful they feel like they have a “legitimate presidency.”

“And I’ve had Republicans say that to me in the last 24 hours,” Sherman said. “Finally, we feel like we’re existing without this cloud.”

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Todd asked if Democrats would do deals with Trump now that the investigation is over.

“If there is a deal on infrastructure, I think they would do it,” said Bloomberg’s Sahil Kapur. “If there is a deal to be made. I don’t think there is any if much legislating to be done.”

“I’m sitting here going, I just think Trump’s behavior won’t let him,” Todd said. “He’ll poke them in the eye, it will make it impossible to work with him.”

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Kapur agreed, noting that the report must be released because it will prompt the country to ask why it hasn’t been and if they’re hiding something.

Watch the panel discussion below:

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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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