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CNN host opens her show by tearing Trump’s latest tax return excuses to shreds

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CNN’s Brianna Keilar opened her show on Monday by mocking President Donald Trump’s latest excuse for refusing to release his tax returns -Congress isn’t “smart enough” to understand them- noting that ten members of Congress are in fact trained in tax analysis.

“It’s tax day and the White House has come up with a new reason to refuse to release the president’s tax returns,” Keilar said, ticking off the shifting reasons.

“The president has repeatedly blamed being under audit, even though there’s no proof that he is, even though an audit wouldn’t prevent him from releasing those tax returns,” she said.

“Then he and his acting chief of staff said the public doesn’t care to see the returns anyway,” Keilar continued. “Now press secretary Sarah Sanders says members of Congress, both Democratic and Republican, just aren’t smart enough to understand them.” She cut to a clip of a red-faced Sanders shouting at the top of her lungs her opinion of Congress’s combined intelligence.

“Here is where I should probably point out this,” said Keilar with a mischievous smirk. “Ten members of Congress are accountants, three Democrats, seven Republicans and two of those accountants/lawmakers sit on the House Ways and Means Committee, the tax writing committee, which is asking for the president’s tax returns.”

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Here are 4 winners and 9 losers from the first 2020 Democratic primary debate

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With ten candidates on stage Wednesday, the opening debate of the 2020 Democratic primary in Miami was a packed mess. And this was only the first course in a two-part event — 10 more candidates will debate on the following night.

A crowded field makes it difficult to stand out, and that means that even after a big night like a debate, the most likely result is that not much changes. But the debate was still significant, giving candidates the chance to exceed, meet, or fall below expectations for their performances.

Here's a list — necessarily subjective, of course — of the people who came out on the top when the dust was settled, and those who came out on the bottom.

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‘He clocked Beto’: Van Jones says ‘Castro came out of nowhere’ to dominate the first Democratic debate

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CNN host Van Jones asserted on Wednesday that former Transporation Secretary Julián Castro was the breakout star of the first Democratic presidential debate.

"I was super proud to be a Democrat," Jones said following the debate. "I thought they all did better than Trump."

The CNN host went on to call Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) a "college professor" compared to the other candidates, who he said were more like "graduate students."

"She is able to go back and forth between policy and the human thing," Jones marveled before moving on to praise Castro.

"It was Castro that came out of nowhere!" Jones exclaimed. "Nobody was talking about Castro. He did the Texas takedown, turned around, clocked Beto [O'Rourke]. I mean, you never saw it coming."

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CNN’s Toobin shuts down Rick Santorum for spinning about the Mueller report

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On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) tried to argue that there was no point to Democrats calling former special counsel Robert Mueller for a public hearing — but legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin quickly shut him down.

"The Democrats think it will spark some sort of outrage for impeachment," said Santorum. "I just think, and this is why the president is frustrated, it's because they won't let go. They won't accept the fact that the American public moved on and they haven't."

"Jeff? Has the American public moved on?" asked Cooper.

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