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Republicans are now openly feuding as a top GOP senator turns up the heat on Trump’s family

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North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr is taking criticism from his fellow Republicans Wednesday after multiple outlets reported that the panel he leads — the Senate Intelligence Committee — has taken off the kid glove around President Donald Trump’s family.

In particular, the committee has subpoenaed Donald Trump Jr. to testify before his committee about some of the events detailed in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report.

It was a bold salvo for a Republican-led committee to attempt to force a member of Trump’s family to testify. CNN reported that Trump Jr. is considering taking the Fifth or simply not showing up to the committee.

Axios noted that the subpoena is a “sign that the Russia investigations in Congress aren’t over despite the conclusion of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe and despite Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell saying it’s time to move on from the Russia probe.”

And when news of the subpoena broke, many of Burr’s colleagues were not happy.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy tweeted that Trump Jr. “has already spent dozens of hours testifying in front of Congressional committees. Endless investigations—by either party—won’t change the fact that there was NO collusion. It’s time to move on. It’s time to focus on ISSUES, not investigations.”

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“Apparently the Republican chair of the Senate Intel Committee didn’t get the memo from the Majority Leader that this case was closed…” tweeted Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY).

An anonymous source close to Trump Jr. told the Wall Street Journal that the subpoena was “an obvious PR stunt from a so-called ‘Republican.'”

While the Senate Intelligence Committee has a better reputation for decency and bipartisanship than the factious House Intelligence Committee, Burr’s history in this matter is checkered. According to Mueller, Burr appears to have handed over a list of people being investigated in the Russia probe to the White House after receiving a confidential briefing. Ryan Goodman at Lawfare has argued that his closeness to the president — Burr was a member of Trump’s campaign — makes him an unreliable figure. It’s possible he’s using this opportunity to regain some of the credibility he’s lost, though it is coming at the cost of criticism from his own side.

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‘White woman problems’: Twitter stomps ‘lifestyle guru’ after she goes berserk over checkout glitch at Target

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A self-described "lifestyle guru" and TV host is coming under fire after she raged on Twitter about problems purchasing items at Target.

In a tweet on Saturday, Meaghan Mooney demanded Target "make good" after she was not able to immediately purchase a cart filled with goods.

"I just filled my l cart w/ hundreds of $ of merch I need TODAY, but REGISTERS ARE DOWN GLOBALLY???" Mooney wrote. "And NOW after I begging your staff to put my items on hold, I only have till EOD?? 1 inconvenience after the next. How will you be making good w us consumers?!"

Hey @Target — I just filled my l cart w/ hundreds of $ of merch I need TODAY, but REGISTERS ARE DOWN GLOBALLY??? And NOW after I begging your staff to put my items on hold, I only have till EOD?? 1 inconvenience after the next. How will you be making good w us consumers?! #Target pic.twitter.com/4KQTtdNv0M

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MSNBC guest ridicules Trump-fan Steve Cortes as possible Sarah Sanders replacement: ‘He’s a nut — have you seen him on TV?’

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Discussing the departure of Donald Trump's spokesperson Sarah Sanders from the White House, an MSNBC panel surveyed her possible replacements with one ridiculed for his appearances on TV defending the president.

Speaking with "AM Joy" fill-in host Jonathan Capehart, The Beat DC editor Tiffany Cross shot former Trump associate Stever Cortes -- a regular on CNN -- down as a possible candidate.

"There are names that are out there," Capehart suggested. "[Meliania Trump spokesperson] Stephanie Grisham and Hogan Gidley and Steve Cortes."

Pointing out that Grisham is the most likely contender, and the Trump would probably prefer a woman, Cross called out Cortes for his TV appearances.

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Can at least half the 2020 Democrats please quit right now?

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OK, Democrats — you’ve had your fun. You grew up being told that everybody could run for president, and then everybody did. Except that this mad anthill scramble of presidential candidates, which resembles a bunch of kindergarteners descending on not enough cookies, really hasn’t been fun so far. All you’ve managed to do is put the fear of God — or the fear of the other guy, more like — into the voters, provoking widespread PTSD flashbacks to November 2016.

This article first appeared in Salon.

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