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MSNBC’s Morning Joe and Mika shred Trump’s ‘temper tantrum’ over impeachment: ‘Kids play set up by bumbling idiots’

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MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski blasted President Donald Trump for acting like a “bumbling idiot” by threatening to hold government business hostage in an effort to end the investigations threatening his presidency.

Talk of impeachment has begun to heat up, and the president stormed out of a meeting with Democratic leadership and delivered a self-pitying rant outside the White House after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) accused him of engaging in a “coverup.”

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“This whole thing yesterday looked ridiculous,” Brzezinski said. “It was like a kids’ play that was set up by a bunch of bumbling idiots, that they thought they were tricking everyone, and all the parents are like, yes, this is really happening! When it was obvious that the president set this up, acted like a complete idiot, had a temper tantrum, and walked out and left the actual job of the government undone.”

Co-host Willie Geist called the president’s performance “pathetic,” and MSNBC contributor Eddie Glaude Jr. said Trump’s threats were a disturbing glimpse at his view of executive power.

“Donald Trump said, in effect, that he was immune to the rule of law, and if he wasn’t immune to the rule of law, then none of the people’s business would get done,” Glaude said. “We’ve moved beyond autocratic to almost monarchical.”

Trump brags about his ability to close deals, but Scarborough said he’s proven he cannot reach agreements on legislation even with his own party in power.

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“He’s not getting anything done,” Scarborough said. “You say he’s shaking thing up, yeah — just like putting a horse in a hospital.”


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‘I’ve heard enough’: Representative refuses to ask Lewandowski questions because it’s giving him ‘a platform’

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In a brief moment of the Corey Lewandowski hearing Tuesday, Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA) refused to allow the top Trump advisor any more time to promote himself or his political campaign.

She probed whether President Donald Trump had ever promised to pardon Lewandowski, which he refused to answer.

"The president did indicate that he’s going to support your Senate campaign. Didn’t he?" Scanlon asked. But Lewandowski said he wasn't sure.

"Okay. Well, I just want to know for the record when Mr. Lewandowski asked for the committee to give him a little break an hour and a half, two hours ago, he took the time during that recess to launch his Senate campaign website with a tweet," she continued. "And I think that fact says an awful lot about the witness’ motivation to appear here today and I’ve heard enough. I yield back."

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Putin aims a weaponized barb at Trump over Saudi attack – and hits the mark

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Russian President Vladimir Putin joked this week about selling defense systems to Riyadh following weekend attacks on Saudi oil facilities. The gag was aimed at US President Donald Trump and it hit the mark with the precision of a guided weapon.

It was a masterful piece of trolling by the czar of trolls – a snide, disparaging jibe with an element of truth twisted into absurdity for maximum effect and laughs. At a joint press conference with his Turkish and Iranian counterparts in Ankara on Monday, Putin cast his bait into the volatile Persian Gulf region just days after devastating attacks on Saudi oil facilities exposed the limits of the Gulf kingdom’s expensive defense systems.

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Black carbon from air pollution found in placentas: study

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Black carbon particles typically emitted by vehicle exhaust and coal-fired power plants have been detected on the foetus-facing side of placentas, researchers said Tuesday.

The concentration of particles was highest in the placentas of women most exposed to airborn pollutants in their daily life, according to a study in Nature Communications.

"Our study provides compelling evidence for the presence of black carbon particles originating from air pollution in human placenta," the authors said.

The findings, they added, offer a "plausible explanation for the detrimental health effects of pollution from early life onwards."

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