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Rachel Maddow explains how Alex Acosta made the case against himself even worse

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Some political commentators are saying that Labor Secretary Alex Acosta saved himself during his Wednesday press conference, simply because he refused to accept responsibility for his actions and ascribed blame to everyone else. But MSNBC host Rachel Maddow thinks that Acosta made things worse for himself today.

She called today a “gross day” in the news. One that made her want to have a shower in her office so that she didn’t quite feel so disgusting after watching the reports from today.

“This was clearly him showing he is willing to face criticism on this. Face his critics,” Maddow said Wednesday. “Alex Acosta’s defense started to boomerang on him. This I did not expect. In a bunch of different ways, what Secretary Acosta did today and in particular the information he released to the press today seemed to have made things worse for him in terms of efforts to justify his previous actions and justify why he shouldn’t be apologizing now at least if not resigning over his role in this scandal now that Jeffrey Epstein is facing federal charges — since Acosta couldn’t bring himself to bring similar charges when he had Epstein in his clutches years ago.”

She explained that federal judge has now ruled that Acosta broke the law when he made his non-prosecution deal with Epstein without telling the victims about it. Acosta will face a sanction in federal court for doing so. It’s unclear if it’s something that he would get disbarred for, however.

“As a legal matter and as a political matter in terms of the future of the cabinet official, it does seem to me like this cabinet official, Labor Secretary Alex Acosta, made the case against himself worse today with this defense he rolled out, which is immediately contested by the person who the defense pointed at,” Maddow closed.

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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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OAN’s Kremlin journalist proves the ‘merger between Russian state-sponsored propaganda and American conservative media’ is complete: Former FBI special agent

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Its headlines look like they're written to please an audience of one.

"Political Strategist: President Trump’s reelection looks good in state-by-state analysis of chances."

"Pres. Trump touts strong approval rating as economy remains solid."

"GOP businesswoman Scherie Murray announces campaign for AOC’s seat."

It's been called an "obscure" pay-cable TV station, but One America News Network, which at time feels more like Fox News than Fox News, is President Donald Trump's new favorite news channel. It worked hard to get there, and as a 2017 Washington Post article noted its "taking ‘pro-Trump’ to new heights."

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Mike Pence to headline ‘intimate’ $35,000 per couple fundraiser at gay-owned private club

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Location reportedly revealed by chef during hearing on felony assault and domestic violence charges

Vice President Mike Pence will headline a $35,000-per-couple fundraiser at a private club owned by two gay men in Aspen, Colorado Monday evening.

The invitation, sent by Bob Jenkins, vice chair of Pitkin County Republicans, calls it "an intimate high dollar reception," and says, "we would like you to participate if possible. Additionally, please quietly spread the word," according to The Aspen Times.

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