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Democratic lawmaker serves notice to Mnuchin that she will be coming after him when he testifies on Tuesday

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A California lawmaker,  already noted for her pointed and well-informed questioning of officials representing President Donald Trump’s administration, said Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin can expect to answer for a lot when he appears efore a Democratic-controlled House committee on Tuesday.

Appearing on MSNBC with host Alex Witt, Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA) — a Harvard and Yale-educated attorney who recently taught law at UC-Irvine — said she will come prepared to put Mnuchin, who is refusing to turn over Trump’s tax returns in defiance of the law, on the spot.

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Referring to a previous contentious appearance by Mnuchin who complained that committee was wasting his time, the House Financial Services Committee member said she had no interest in bowing to his demands.

“I hope the tone will be different,” Porter explained. “I think we need to try to calm things down and allow Congress to do its work and I hope Secretary Mnuchin arrives with that kind of attitude — a real willingness to his job.”

She then delivered a warning to the Trump appointee.

“It’s not Congress’s duty to kowtow to the president or his appointed secretary — it’s our job to conduct appropriate oversight,” she asserted. “So I plan to try and be professional, but I am going to ask hard questions because that’s my duty as a member of Congress.”

She then took a pointed jab at Trump, stating, “It’s a co-equal branch of government to the presidency, and I think this president is struggling with that concept.”

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MSNBC’s ‘demotion’ of ‘feckless’ Chuck Todd celebrated: ‘Hurray! More Nicolle, less Chuck’

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MSNBC host Chuck Todd was moved to an earlier timeslot where his show, "Meet the Press Daily," will likely earn lower ratings. Meanwhile, Nicolle Wallace seems to have been promoted to a two-hour timeslot leading into primetime.

Wallace, who has extensive experience in Washington, previously served in George W. Bush's White House until abandoning the GOP as the era of Trump came to power.

Todd has made several missteps where he's been unwilling to press GOP leaders who lie openly and obviously on camera.

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George Conway blasts ‘blundering cheat’ Trump in new op-ed: ‘His name should live in infamy’

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Prominent conservative attorney George T. Conway III has written yet another Washington Post op-ed blasting President Donald Trump.

"If there’s one thing we know about President Trump, it’s that he lies and he cheats. Endlessly," Conway wrote. "And shamelessly. But still, mostly, incompetently."

"So it should have come as no surprise that Trump finally went where no U.S. president had ever gone before. In a tweet last week, he actually suggested that the country 'Delay the Election.' That trial balloon was a brazen effort to see if he can defraud his way into four more years in the White House," he explained. "And why not try? After all, Trump has managed to swindle his way through life, on matters large and small, essential and trivial."

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Trump’s ‘delay the election’ tweet laid the groundwork for him and his followers to have an excuse if he loses

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Writing in The New York Times this Monday, Gail Collins and Bret Stephens discuss their contention that President Trump is seeing the writing on the wall regarding the 2020 election, an analysis born from his recent tweet where he suggests delaying the election.

According to Stephens, Trump's tweet is a sign that he knows "in his heart" that he's going to lose in November.

"He’s laying the groundwork not for a coup but for an excuse, both for himself and for his followers," Stephens says. "It creates a mythology to explain defeat, attack Joe Biden and keep the Trump family relevant in the Republican Party. The fact that he’d pull a stunt like this is another reason it’s so important that he lose in a landslide in November."

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