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Broken promise: Trump completely destroyed an actual chance to fix infrastructure

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It isn’t only about crumbling bridges or roads filled with potholes, the water problem in Flint, Michigan persists, and Flint isn’t the only city with a water infrastructure problem.

But this week President Donald Trump blew up any opportunity for progress on the one issue he agreed on with Democrats. The Washington Post quoted a recent report from the Society of Civil Engineers that rated American infrastructure at a D+ grade. The ASCE report warned that the government needs to invest about $3.6 trillion on the infrastructure alone by 2020.

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Trump spent 2016 claiming to be a dealmaker and a builder, but thus far he hasn’t managed either. The one chance he had was making a deal with Democrats. Instead, he spent three minutes reprimanding them before leaving the room and holding a press conference to tell Americans he’s on strike and nothing will move forward until investigations stop.

It gives Democrats a unique opportunity to prove their own leadership abilities to craft a bill with the few Republicans that are interested in talking to them and passing it out of the House. Democrats could even troll the president by including $1 billion for his border wall.

“We can no longer afford to wait,” ASCE Executive Director Tom Smith told The Post. “Our infrastructure problem is not going to go away, and it’s certainly not going to get better with time.”

Local leaders are frustrated with Washington and the political stalemate. While states could step up with taxes that could fund the projects, the interstate system is supposed to be part of the federal government’s obligation.

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“It’s exhausting,” said Chicago-based Metro Planning Council President MarySue Barrett. “We’re desperate in Illinois and in Chicago for infrastructure investment to jump-start our economy and are beyond frustrated that the federal government is not our partner.”

Trump and Democrats were on the same side, briefly, with the president advocating for a $2 trillion investment. Republicans pulled away, unwilling to add that much to the national debt or raise taxes to fund such a project.

Conservatives saw an impending showdown: compromise their conservative values or go up against Trump. Anti-tax conservative Grover Norquist has slowly lost his influence as Trump happily proposes ways to spend money the country doesn’t have while cutting taxes for the wealthy. He’s likely frustrated seeing his own party fall, but when he spoke to The Post, he found a way to blame it on Democrats.

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“Any Trump-proposed tax increase to fund a $2 trillion infrastructure deal would mount to ‘fingerprints on the murder weapon’ that would be used to convict Republicans in the next election,” The Post summarized Norquist.

“They think they could trick the president into agreeing to a stimulus package that they would call infrastructure, and then the president would, in their view, be stupid enough to stand by them while he signed their bill,” Norquist continued. “The president would have simultaneously turned himself into George Herbert Walker Bush — he would have raised taxes on the middle class, he would have raised taxes on the American people, and he would have been crushed in the next election.”

Either way, Trump is in trouble. Promising the American people a fix to infrastructure was part of Trump’s 2016 pledge. As the president launches his 2020 campaign with the slogan “Promises Made, Promises Kept,” he’s putting himself in the awkward position of having to defend a broken promise.

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WATCH: Trump admits he talked to Ukraine president about Joe Biden and his son

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President Donald Trump Sunday morning admitted he brought up Joe Biden and the former Vice President’s son Hunter Biden while speaking with the President of Ukraine.

“The conversation I had was largely congratulatory, with largely corruption, all of the corruption taking place and largely the fact that we don’t want our people like Vice President Biden and his son creating to the corruption,” Trump said, speaking to reporters from the White House lawn.

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BREAKING: President Trump admits that he talked to the Ukrainian president about former Vice President Biden. #MTP #IfItsSunday@kristenwelker: "From the president's perspective, the only way to put this story to bed is to release the transcript." pic.twitter.com/aaJ6DjMN0E

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New York Times battered on MSNBC for pushing smear of Hunter Biden in order to maintain access to Trump

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An "AM Joy" panel jumped all over the New York Times for pushing a widely debunked smear of Hunter Biden promoted by Donald Trump, saying the newspaper is more interested in maintaining their access to the Oval Office than debunking the lie.

Speaking with host Joy Reid -- who noted that her producers asked for comment from the Times but were rebuffed -- MSNBC regular Maria Teresa Kumar scorched the Times, as well as reporter Ken Vogel, for the uncritical parroting of the president's smear.

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Ukrainian journalist throws down gauntlet after Giuliani smear: ‘I express my readiness to testify’

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A Ukrainian journalist said on Sunday that he would be willing to testify to Congress against President Donald Trump's attorney, Rudy Giuliani.

After Giuliani unleashed a bizarre rant on CNN accusing Democrats of trying to get help from Ukraine in the 2016 election, Ukrainian journalist Serhiy Leshchenko wrote an op-ed exposing the accusation as a lie.

In his op-ed, Leshchenko explains:

Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine the Manafort revelations would become fodder for the U.S. elections in 2020. President Trump’s lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani, the mouthpiece of this campaign, is not only attempting to rehabilitate Manafort but is also working to undermine U.S. relations with Ukraine, which has been confronting Russian aggression on its own for more than five years. Giuliani and his associates are trying to drag our newly elected president, Volodymyr Zelensky, into a conflict between two foreign political parties, drastically limiting Ukraine’s room for maneuver in respect to the United States, perhaps its most important international partner.

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