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Meghan McCain flops after getting called out for taking shots at Nancy Pelosi

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Joy Behar challenged co-host Meghan McCain to explain why she doesn’t like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and she folded.

“The View” panelists were discussing Pelosi’s public feud with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and three other first-year Democrats, and they all agreed the four freshman lawmakers should show respect for the House speaker.

“Lest we forget it’s Pelosi who delivered midterms,” McCain said. “It was her leadership — which I once questioned on this show, I no longer do. I would like to say she is 79 years old and she could be with her grandkids and her family.”

But she could resist taking a personal shot at Pelosi.

“I don’t like her and her politics,” McCain said, “but she serves her country, and that deserves respect from younger generations in the same way that I think Joe Biden and everybody else who has dedicated their life to service deserves respect. I was texting memes to my friends, let them fight it out — it’s Democrat-on-Democrat crime. It’s fascinating to watch. Republicans don’t do this when it comes down to the wire.”

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Behar reminded her that Republicans used to let their disagreements spill out into the public, and then she asked McCain to explain her dislike for Pelosi.

“Why don’t you like her,” Behar said. “You say you don’t like her. Why don’t you like her?”

McCain just repeated what she’d already said, but didn’t offer an explanation for her personal distaste for Pelosi.

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“I don’t like her policies,” McCain said, “but I respect anyone who has dedicated — anyone who has served the length of time this person has served and could be retired. She’s almost 80 years old, and I respect any woman who does public service in that way. I always will.”


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Illinois GOP embarrasses itself with meme calling four Democratic congresswomen ‘The Jihad Squad’

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Top leaders of the Illinois Republican Party sought to reverse damage on Sunday after posting a movie-style poster on Facebook that depicted four progressive congresswomen who have been repeatedly attacked by President Donald Trump in recent days as "The Jihad Squad."

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The poster, whose image was reportedly uploaded to the Facebook account of the Republican County Chairmen's Association of Illinois on Friday night, displayed images of the four newly elected congresswomen of color — Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts — who are often nicknamed "The Squad." It showed the lawmakers in film-style action poses with a smiling Pressley aiming a gun and Ocasio-Cortez donning a red evening dress that was on fire. Omar is seen pursing her lips and Tlaib is screaming.

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Democrats, White House near deal to raise debt ceiling

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US Democrats have nearly reached a deal with the Trump administration to raise the debt ceiling, allowing the government to borrow more money and avoid a disastrous default, sources close to the negotiations said Monday.

The "near-final agreement" would suspend the debt limit until the end of July 2021, and increase government spending by raising budget caps on defense and domestic outlays, one source said.

Republicans and Democrats have been hammering out the broad constructs of a deal for weeks as they faced calls to approve the agreement in the House by Friday, when the chamber begins a six-week recess.

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Ivanka Trump visits defense contractor Lockheed Martin to promote apprenticeships

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President Donald Trump's eldest daughter visited defense contractor Lockheed Martin to discuss apprenticeships for minorities.

White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump visited the company's Denver-area facility Monday to discuss its apprenticeship programs and efforts to promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) degrees, reported UPI.

The president's daughter and Lockheed CEO Marilyn Hewson heard from several women who benefitted from Lockheed programs, and Trump pointed out that women who earn STEM degrees were more likely to remain in that industry if they receive on-the-job training during school.

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