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GOP senator faceplants as MSNBC host grills him about using Russia hacks to win election

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Utah Republican Mike Lee faceplanted after MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt grilled him about comments made by President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani minimizing the severity of Russia’s attacks on US elections.

“There is no question that the Trump campaign used information the Russians hacked in order to influence our elections,” said Hunt. “Giuliani said that was totally fine, a-ok. Is that okay with you?”

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“I’ve never been a presidential campaign manager,” said Lee. “So it’s difficult for me to say whether for sure I would do that.”

“Would you use it in a Senate campaign?” Hunt pressed.

“I don’t think so,” Lee said, as host Joe Scarborough laughed loudly. “I think if somebody came to me under those circumstances I think I would be inclined to report them to the appropriate government authorities.”

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The future of Ginsburg’s Supreme Court seat will likely hinge on control of the Senate

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Donald Trump may push Senate Republicans to try to jam a Supreme Court nominee through before the election, but I think it's more likely that he'll opt to run on the vacancy given that it's an issue that could bring Republicans who don't like him back into the fold. It would be better for him than running against the Democratic backlash that would follow a hasty confirmation before the election. And Senate Majority Mitch McConnell would also be hard-pressed to usher through a confirmation in that brief period, and he has vulnerable members who need to be home campaigning.

Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (I-AK) have said that they will not vote for a nominee before next year's inauguration. Mitt Romney (R-UT) was reportedly against moving a nominee this year as well, although his press secretary denied the accuracy of the story. If he's a no, then one more vote kills a confirmation, which would be a devastating blow to Trump just before an election.

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Bill Barr goes full-on right-wing nutjob

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Are you kidding me? Sedition? From 1798?

Just in case someone is not persuaded that this Trump Administration is falling off its rocker, the advice from Atty. Gen. William P. Barr to federal prosecutors to use a two-century-old law to stop people – no, specifically “violent” leftist protests outside federal courthouses – from seeking to overthrow the government should make us stop and scratch our collective heads.

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Experts: Trump and McConnell have to jump through 4 hoops to seat a Supreme Court justice in just 6 weeks

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United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Sept. 18, thrusting the acrimonious struggle for control of the Supreme Court into public view.

President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have already vowed to nominate and confirm a replacement for the 87-year-old justice and women’s rights icon.

This contradicts the justification the Republican-controlled Senate used when they refused to consider the nomination of Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama’s pick for the Court after the death of Antonin Scalia in February 2016.

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