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Democrats ‘are prepared’ to win the battle against AG Bill Barr: Judiciary senator

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On Thursday, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), a prominent member of the Senate Judiciary, reiterated his call for Attorney General William Barr to step down amid allegations he distorted special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report and misled Congress.

“The attorney general is indeed continuing to block and tackle for the White House,” Blumenthal told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, adding that his “credibility was shattered yesterday. He needs to resign.”

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“Do you understand yourself as locked into a constitutional death match with the president at this point?” asked Hayes, noting that Blumenthal and others have rarely gone this far in criticizing members of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet.

“There certainly right now is a constitutional confrontation,” said Blumenthal. “It’s a slow-moving conflagration that has to be taken to the courts. We need to present this case to the court through a contempt citation. That’s the right way to do it. We also need to present the case to the American people.”

“Are you prepared to take it where it goes?” Hayes asked.

“I am prepared and I believe my colleagues are prepared,” replied Blumenthal.

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When Hayes suggested to Blumenthal that he and his colleagues might be “scared” to pursue the matter, he pushed back.

“We should be respectful and deliberate and determined. That means thinking through the strategy before we simply take the action or fire the gun,” said Blumenthal. “Number two, we can walk and chew gum at the same time. My colleagues who say we care about health care and taxes and jobs and economic progress. Absolutely right … At the same time we have to hold Donald Trump accountable.”

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With President Donald Trump at the latest G7 summit, all eyes are on the interactions between him and French President Emmanuel Macron. The two world leaders started off amicably, exchanging pleasantries, but behind the scenes, things have grown contentious.

According to Politico, Trump officials are railing against Macron, accusing him of trying to "fracture" the summit by steering the negotiations away from trade and into areas like climate change.

This development comes after Trump harshly criticized Macron for enacting a tax on digital services, which could increase costs for American tech companies like Google and Facebook. Trump threatened that if France does not suspend its "unfair" digital tax, "we'll be taxing their wine like they've never seen before." It is a threat that Trump has made repeatedly over the last few weeks whenever he has gotten angry at France.

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President Donald Trump is worried that there will be a recession before the 2020 election. For once, he is right about something.

This article first appeared in Salon.

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MSNBC’s Joy Reid names every Trump-loving evangelical leader who refused to take her call on Trump’s ‘chosen one’ claim

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On Saturday, in conversation with Muslim political commentator Dean Obeidallah, MSNBC's Joy Reid castigated evangelical conservatives for their silence on President Donald Trump anointing himself "the chosen one" and retweeting a radio host who compared him to the second coming of Jesus Christ.

"Dean, we reached out to a bunch of people," said Reid. "I wanted to know — I grew up in the church. The idea of somebody declaring themselves the next coming of God or the King of Israel, which is what the Romans used to belittle Jesus before they executed him for defying the Roman emperor — Now Trump saying it's a joke, it's apostasy. We reached out to Franklin Graham, Ralph Reed, Focus on the Family, Jerry Falwell Jr., Vice President Mike Pence, and the RNC. We got no response at all. We had Pat Robertson, who declined to comment."

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