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Trump is only fighting with Pelosi because he’s trying to deflect from his financial scandals: MSNBC analyst

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MSNBC analyst and Politico Congressional reporter Andrew Desiderio concluded that the only reason President Donald Trump is fighting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is as a distraction.

During a panel discussion with MSNBC host Kasie Hunt, Desiderio said that Trump is suffering from several scandals involving his finances and judges just granted Congress access to his taxes. While Trump is still fighting tooth and nail in court over some of these rulings, it’s hardly effective in quashing the rumor-mill on cable news.

“Both sides love these rhetorical feuds,” Desiderio claimed. “Nancy Pelosi loves them because it gets her out of the impeachment conversation, a chance to bludgeon the president ahead of 2020. For the president, it gives him a reason to paint the Democrats they’re only out to get me for political reasons. That came to a head, in particular, this week because the president was facing the heat over the two court rulings that upheld the subpoenas the Democrats set forth for his financial records. The president talked about that as his ‘red line’ in these investigations that have targeted him the last two years.”

He explained that Trump is “feeling the heat” from these investigations.

“And the best way to put the spotlight off of that was the blow up the infrastructure meeting the way he did,” he said.

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‘Dangerous linguistic power’: A historian explains how Trump weaponizes nicknames

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Is Donald Trump the modern day Earl Long?

A three-time Louisiana governor, Long mastered the art of political ridicule seven decades ago by weaponizing nicknames. The hilarious names Long pinned on his rivals, and the rollicking stories he told about them, riveted audiences bored by puffed-up rhetoric.

While Long’s stunts may be remembered as silly hijinks, there was a sly, often deadly serious, purpose to his technique. He used it to get voters to laugh at his foes and to put them on the defensive––a place politicians never want to be. Tucked within Long’s jests were razor-sharp attacks aimed at exploiting opposition weaknesses––hidden swords inside a pea-patch cloak.

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Walmart got a $2.2 billion tax cut — now it’s laying off workers

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Walmart announced it will lay off hundreds of workers in North Carolina despite receiving billions in tax cuts that the Republican Party and President Trump claimed would spur job growth.

The giant retailer will lay off about 570 employees and close its corporate office near the Charlotte airport, despite signing a 12-year lease just four years earlier, the Charlotte Business Journal reported.

The work done at the Charlotte facility will be outsourced to a firm in Arkansas, according to the report.

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Amazon, Google and Facebook warrant antitrust scrutiny for many reasons – not just because they’re large

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There’s a growing chorus of U.S. politicians, antitrust scholars and consumer watchdogs calling for stricter antitrust treatment of Amazon, Google, Facebook and other tech giants. Some even say they should be broken up.

Most recently, U.S. lawmakers launched a sweeping review to determine if these companies have become so big and powerful that they are stifling competition and harming consumers, while federal regulators are also gearing up to take action.

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