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Conservative NYT columnist claims Trump is losing his grip: ‘He’s confused Twitter with reality’

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Conservative New York Times columnist David Brooks pointed out that pro-Trump Twitter is looking for a “culture war” — and that because of them, the president is confusing their rhetoric for reality.

During an appearance on PBS NewsHour, Brooks noted that conservative “Twitterites” push stories claiming that “politically correct” liberals want to take away their freedom of religion — an issue Democrats “don’t really care about.”

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Host Amna Nawaz then brought up Donald Trump’s tweet in which he admitted to a proposal to bus detained undocumented immigrants into so-called “sanctuary cities” to punish Democrats who defy him — a move the columnist linked to the conservative Twittersphere.

“He’s confused Twitter with reality here,” Brooks said, adding that Trump thinks “that you can do a Twitter prank and own the libs and forget the fact there are real human beings at stake.”

“Instead of doing actual policy,” the columnist said, “he’s treating it all as a Twitter game to make his base feel good about themselves.”

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Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan to give up royal titles — ‘the hardest #Megxit possible’

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Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will give up their royal titles and public funding as part of a settlement with the Queen to start a new life away from the British monarchy.

The historic announcement from Buckingham Palace on Saturday follows more than a week of intense private talks aimed at managing the fallout of the globetrotting couple's shock resignation from front-line royal duties.

It means Queen Elizabeth II's grandson Harry and his American TV actress wife Meghan will stop using the titles "royal highness" -- the same fate that befell his late mother Princess Diana after her divorce from Prince Charles in 1996.

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GOP senator tells home-state press that impeachment trial must be ‘viewed as fair’: report

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Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) spoke to local reporters on Saturday about her role in the upcoming Donald Trump impeachment trial.

Murkowski explained she would likely vote with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on an initial vote on whether to allow witnesses. However, she left the door open to voting for witnesses after House impeachment managers make their opening case.

"I don't know what more we need until I have been given the base case," she said. "We will have that opportunity to say 'yes' or 'no' ... and if we say 'yes,' the floor is open."

Overall, Murkowski said it was important for the trial to been viewed as fair.

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White House press secretary urged to do her job: ‘We don’t pay you to be a Twitter troll’

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White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham was blasted on Saturday over the confusion resulting from her refusal to hold daily press briefings.

CNN senior media reporter Oliver Darcy was alarmed that Grisham's assistant, Hogan Gidley, was forcing reporters to refer to his remarks as coming from a "sources close to the President's legal team."

Darcy noted that Trump had repeatedly questioned the veracity of unnamed sources, making it problematic for Gidley to demand to be quoted as such.

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Grisham responded to the criticism and asked Darcy to "stop with the righteous indignation.

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