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Morale collapses at White House after Trump rolls over in Census fight: NYT’s Haberman

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In an interview on CNN on Friday morning, New York Times White House correspondent Maggie Haberman said aides to Donald Trump are “deflated” because he gave up the fight for his Census question and fear it could hurt him in the 2020 election.

Speaking with hosts John Berman and Bianna Golodryga, Haberman said the mood at the White House was somber following Trump’s announcement that he would give up the fight to put a citizenship question on the Census form.

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“This is a fight a lot of conservatives are concerned about,” the reporter relayed. “So it has left people who are supportive of the president and supportive of this question feeling deflated. This is a fight where public opinion is generally on the side of the president, if you ask the question of voters, should this question be on the census, a majority of voters say yes. They don’t understand why the president came out swinging last week only to now say ‘Oh, it turns out my lawyers were right. We really can’t do anything and instead we’re going to try this other way.'”

“We hear this repeatedly from the president’s closest associates who are conservatives and his staunchest allies, ‘Oh, this is going to be a blow. This is going to cost him a certain percentage of the vote,'” she added. “It may or may not, but it certainly has deflated morale and it has frustrated people at the White House who felt this was all chaos internally.”

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Democratic candidates demand investigation into toxic culture at NBC ahead of MSNBC debate

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Four Democratic candidates called on NBC’s parent company Comcast to launch an independent investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct at the network ahead of Wednesday’s presidential debate to be broadcast by MSNBC.

Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Kamala Harris of California and Cory Booker of New Jersey signed a letter calling the allegations of “sexual assault and harassment” by employees and “a cover-up by NBC’s management” deeply “troubling.” Instead of addressing the company, the senators issued their letter to Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez.

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Warren criticized for conciliatory remarks on post-coup Bolivia

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Top-tier 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren is under fire from progressives and Indigenous activists for her comments Monday about the recent coup in Bolivia—remarks her critics called too conciliatory to the right-wing un-elected government that seized power after President Evo Morales was forced to resign and flee the country.

"The Bolivian people deserve free and fair elections, as soon as possible," Warren tweeted Monday afternoon. "Bolivia's interim leadership must limit itself to preparing for an early, legitimate election. Bolivia's security forces must protect demonstrators, not commit violence against them."

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‘Disqualifying’: Pete Buttigieg faces backlash for praising right-wing Tea Party movement in resurfaced 2010 video

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"I believe we might find that we have a lot in common," Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg said during an event hosted by Citizens for Common Sense.

South Bend, Indiana Mayor and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is facing backlash over a resurfaced video from 2010 in which he offered words of praise for the right-wing Tea Party movement and expressed a desire to find common ground.

During an October 2010 forum in Indiana hosted by the Tea Party-affiliated group Citizens for Common Sense, Buttigieg—then a candidate for Indiana state treasurer—told the audience that "there's some, especially in my party, who think the Tea Party's a wholly owned subsidiary of the Republican Party."

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