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MSNBC analyst torches White House Russia ‘insanity’: ‘Dear Leader’s feelings are more important than national security’

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A pair of MSNBC analysts torched President Donald Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner for downplaying — and even ignoring — Russian efforts to manipulate American democracy.

Kushner on Tuesday complained that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Trump-Russia campaign ties was worse than Kremlin efforts to interfere in the 2016 election, and “Morning Joe” political analyst Mike Barnicle was appalled.

“The combination of arrogance and ignorance that he displayed in answering that question is nearly breathtaking, but it is predictable,” Barnicle said. “It is also very predictable as to why so many members of the intelligence community did not want to give him a security clearance. Based on that answer, he ought not to have a security clearance.”

MSNBC contributor Elise Jordan, a White House and State Department aide during the George W. Bush administration, expressed shock and disgust about reports that White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney prevented ousted Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen from telling the president about her work against future Russian meddling.

“It is mind-blowing to me that Dear Leader’s feelings are more important than protecting the integrity of fair and free elections,” Jordan said. “It’s insanity that we have a leader whose ego will not allow us to address critical national security threats because his feelings might be hurt and because it calls into question his election.”

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Progressive reformer claims victory in fiercely-contested Queens DA race

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Progressive reformer Tiffany Cabán has declared victory in her campaign versus Melinda Katz in the Queens District Attorney race.

With 99% of precincts reporting, Cabán held a lead of 1,090 votes, The New York Times reports.

Cabán was backed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

Katz was backed by Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY), who chairs the Queens Democratic Party, and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY)

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New 2020 poll shows Trump trailing all Democrats — some by double-digits

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President Donald Trump trails all of his Democratic rivals in hypothetical matchups of the 2020 presidential race, according to the result of a new poll released Tuesday.

This article originally appeared on Salon.

The survey, conducted by Emerson Polling, found that the president lags behind former vice president Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., by 10 points nationally — 45 percent to 55 percent. He also trails Sen. Elizabeth Warren by six points — 47 percent to 53 percent —and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg by four points — 48 percent to 52 percent.

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Beto O’Rourke’s ‘war tax’ policy proposal is straight out of ‘Starship Troopers’

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Amid an overcrowded Democratic presidential candidate field, it's hard to distinguish yourself from the pack if you don't slot easily into the scale that runs from "pro-corporate centrist" to "left-populist." If you're former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke —  who falls somewhere in the middle, politically, and somewhere towards the top, looks-wise — you pull a militaristic policy proposal out of your hat that recalls some of the most campy pseudo-fascist sci-fi ever written.

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