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Mick Mulvaney blames Obama after he’s busted for hushing White House discussions about Russia

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Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney seems to have freaked out after the New York Times revealed he leaned on Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to keep President Donald Trump out of the loop about election security preparations for 2020, issuing a swift personal response that showed up in the Washington Post moments afterward.

“Kirstjen Nielsen was trying to get Russian election interference on the president’s radar,” said host Hallie Jackson. “But according to one senior administration official, Mick Mulvaney, the acting chief of staff, said ‘it wasn’t a great subject and should be kept below President Trump’s level.’ And now Mick Mulvaney is responding.”

“He is responding on the record,” said reporter Kristen Welker. “This is a swift response, and as you know to get something like this on the record so quickly doesn’t happen every day.”

Mulvaney’s response, probably unsurprisingly, laid the blame for Russia’s meddling at the feet of the Obama administration. But Welker had a fact check.

“Of course, the former Obama Administration did take some steps, we know that Obama pushed President Putin directly and also slapped some sanctions on Russia,” said Welker. “What is the Trump administration doing?”

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“They will tell you they have had a robust response,” Welker said of “interagency” collaboration between the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice “shore up and strengthen” the security of the electoral system.

“But critics would argue, ‘look, it doesn’t go far enough,'” Welker added. “They want to hear President Trump get tougher on this subject himself.”

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Democrats are on the verge of setting a ‘time bomb’ for any candidate who can defeat Trump

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If a new president takes over the White House in January 2021, he or she may quickly find that the Democratic Party that just won control of the executive branch left a loaded gun in the hands of the Republicans, who are all too eager to use it.

That should be the takeaway from reports about the budget negotiations between the House Democrats and the Trump administration. According to Bloomberg reporter Sahil Kapur, the parties are coalescing around an agreement to raise spending by $350 billion, offset that increase somewhat with about $75 billion, and extend the debt ceiling — now set to expire in the fall — to July 31, 2021.

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State Sen. Royce West enters Democratic primary to challenge John Cornyn

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State Sen. Royce West made it official Monday: He’s running for U.S. Senate, joining a crowded and unsettled Democratic primary in the race to unseat Republican John Cornyn.

“I’m battle tested,” West told supporters at a campaign launch event. “You’ve seen me in battle, and I’m ready today to announce my candidacy for the United States Senate.”

The Dallas attorney has been viewed as a potential primary contender for some time now, but he remained mum publicly on his plans. In June, West met with U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., where he reportedly had a “positive meeting” and signaled that he was likely to throw his hat in the ring. He filed the Federal Election Commission paperwork to formally launch his bid Friday.

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Why Elizabeth Warren thinks the ‘warning lights are flashing’ and a new financial crisis is looming

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"Warning lights are flashing," Sen. Elizabeth Warren wrote Monday, predicting an economic crisis within two years unless federal regulators and Congress take swift action.

The Democratic presidential contender outlined the reasons for her concerns and plans to address them in Medium post entitled "The Coming Economic Crash—And How to Stop It."

.@ewarren warned us about the 2008 crisis years before it hit. Now she's seeing serious warning signs again—and she's calling for action. Read, share, and join the fight: https://t.co/eUniHdD9p8

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