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Trump can’t put his name on a sewage plant — so Flint is out of luck when it comes to infrastructure funding: CNBC analyst

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Ritholtz Wealth Management CEO and CNBC commentator Josh Brown told MSNBC on Monday that when it comes to rebuilding the United States’ infrastructure, President Donald Trump is looking for “glamorous” projects he can put his name on — so the long-suffering residents of Flint, Michigan will probably be waiting a lot longer for a new sewage system.

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“If you’re Schumer and Pelosi, it’s easy,” said Brown. “Just promise to put his name on everything. If they do that, they will get legitimate spending on infrastructure — and they’ll get to steal a lot of it, because we know what his priority is.”

Republicans “don’t want to go into an election year saying they said no to infrastructure,” Brown continued. “The bigger picture though, from the president’s perspective, he’s got to be able to say that the infrastructure is going to be in needed places to get the Democrats in.”

“I don’t know if he wants to do the type that we need,” he went on, and pointed to the nation’s aging water treatment facilities.

“There is absolutely no appetite on the part of Trump to do water treatment for place like Flint, because you don’t put your name on a sewage system,” Brown said. “He wants to these glamorous, big bridges and tunnels. He looks at the Hoover Dam, he looks at something that has someone’s name on it, and they’re iconic.”

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Maddow breaks down how Trump’s Ukraine scandal all links back to Manafort — and the mob

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MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow on Monday reported how President Donald Trump is returning to the Paul Manafort playbook as he seeks re-election in 2020.

Manafort, who is currently serving a federal prison sentence, was Trump's campaign chairman during the 2016 election.

Maddow reminded how weird of a selection the choice had been seen at the time.

"Whether or not Paul Manafort, himself, is going to spend the rest of his days in prison, personally, what happened around the time that Paul Manafort was the campaign chairman for the Donald Trump for president campaign in 2016 is that however weird it seemed that the Trump campaign was hiring a guy like Manafort to come basically from Ukraine, come back to the U.S. and work on a political campaign here, I mean, what he brought with him were contacts and business partners and secret funders and organized crime-linked Kremlin connections in Ukraine," Maddow reported.

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Here are the six GOP senators who could lose their seats if Democrats impeach Trump

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Democrats could put six key Republican senators on the hot seat by forcing them to vote on the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

The six include Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ), Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC), who are all facing difficult re-elections in 2020.

Former Bill Clinton strategist James Carville had been opposed to impeachment, but now thinks it could be smart politics that could help Democrats win back the United States Senate.

“When the facts changed, I changed my mind,” Carville told Politico.

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Democrats will lose — ‘and probably deserve to lose’ — if Trump isn’t impeached: Ethics watchdog

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The former chief White House ethics lawyer in the George W. Bush administration warned Democrats that they will lose the 2020 election if they refuse to impeach President Donald Trump following the latest foreign election interference scandal with Ukraine.

Painter, the vice-chair of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), was interviewed by Ari Melber on MSNBC's "The Beat" on Monday.

"Richard Painter, what is your view of these reports of Donald Trump’s attempted collusion with Ukraine to go after Biden. If this alone were the only thing on the table, would you view it as an abuse of power, potentially impeachable on its own," Melber asked.

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