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Nancy Pelosi treating Trump like an ill-behaved child is actually working

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Donald Trump

Pundits have spent the better part of the week comparing President Donald Trump to an ill-behaved grandchild of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

The president frequently searches for ways to create a villain or an adversary he can fight with because it’s the only way he can appear tough or he thinks it’s the only way to garner results. Pelosi, however, doesn’t play that way. Axios reported Sunday that her plan might actually be working.

“Pelosi’s allies said her taunting of Trump now is intentional, designed to get under his skin and elicit an angry reaction,” the Washington Post reported.

“I wish that his family or his administration or his staff would have an intervention for the good of the country,” Pelosi said during her weekly press conference. “There’s no question; the White House is just crying out for impeachment. That’s why he flipped yesterday.”

She said that the intervention is up to his team but that his behavior is not indicative of the “dignity of the office of the president of the United States.”

After walking out of an infrastructure meeting this week, Trump held a press conference where he claimed he couldn’t work with Democrats anymore. It took members by surprise because the meeting with Trump lasted about three minutes, and no one said a word other than Trump.

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If Trump has decided he’s on strike or will no longer do his job, Pelosi can easily go at it alone, passing scores of legislation to prove Congress is doing the work of the people. But if Trump refuses to sign the legislation, negotiate the legislation or Senate Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) refuses to allow the Senate to vote on it, it puts the onus on the GOP for the strike.

“She’s succeeded in making three things very clear: 1) She’s interested in getting things done, and he walked away again; 2) She’s the only adult in Washington and is leading Dems with precision; 3) He’s a toddler who pays a price for attacking her because he resorts to such publicly infantile lows to attack her,” a senior Democratic aide told Axios.

Trump allies said that they couldn’t believe the president keeps falling for her traps.

“I do this with my dog,” the person said.

Read the full report at Axios.

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‘Expect the worst’ as Trump doubles down on racist rhetoric to rile up his base: columnist

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In a column for the Daily Beast, commentator and Sirius radio host Dean Obeidallah claims that all signs point to Donald Trump doubling down on racist rhetoric in an effort to rally his base as his internal polling shows him losing the key states that propelled him to the White House.

As Trump officially launches his re-election bid in Orlando on Tuesday night, Obeidallah notes Trump is falling back on what helped him appeal to disgruntled white workers in the Midwest and that he will likely ramp up attacks on undocumented immigrants -- including official actions.

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‘It can be hacked’: Election experts already see red flags in the Democrats’ 2020 nomination process

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The Democratic National Committee may reverse course on its plans to increase participation in 2020 presidential caucus states by offering off-site voting options—starting with telephone voting in Iowa and possibly online voting in other states.

That prospect of a reversal, at least in the early nominating caucuses, stems from growing concerns in top party circles about protecting the “integrity of the process” in a post-2016 climate, said James Roosevelt III, co-chair of the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee.

“It is entirely possible,” said Roosevelt. “The committee is going to be looking to be convinced that it will work. I think the committee is subject to competing pressures. One is to honor Iowa’s commitment to participatory democracy. And the other is to a heightened sensitivity that did not exist four or certainly eight years ago to the integrity of the process.”

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Trump was ready to ‘blow up everything’: Biographer Michael Wolff on why Mueller didn’t indict

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It is not an easy task to discern the truth when confronting a president and his allies who have created their own reality, one in which truth and lies have no absolute meaning and are, for them, ultimately interchangeable.

Donald Trump does this on a personal level: he has lied at least 10,000 times while president.

During his recent interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos, Donald Trump continued to lie in public, asserting that he did not try to fire special sounsel Robert Mueller. As multiple sources and witnesses agree, this is not true. Trump also asserted that he can do anything that he wants, according to the Constitution: He apparently believes he is a king or emperor. This too is a lie. The Constitution grants the president no such powers, and was drafted by the framers to stop demagogues and would-be tyrants such as Donald Trump.

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