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‘They share staff with the Kremlin’: Maddow roasts Trump’s new favorite right-wing network OANN

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MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow roasted One America News Network (OANN) for employing a Kremlin operative to report on United States politics.

“If the Fox News channel is insufficiently pro-Trump for you, you may or may not know there is another boutique little news outlet that is designed specifically for Trump megafans called One America, One America News Network,” she explained.

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“The Trump White House gave this boutique outfit a hard pass for access to the White House grounds and a permanent seat in the White House briefing room — remember when the White House used to hold press briefings? They had a seat,” she continued.

“President Trump started quoting this little news outlet and frequently telling people they should be praising their ratings, the highest possible praise from this president,” she said, putting two tweets on screen.

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“Today has been a more-ridiculous-than-most day in the news, there is a ton going on, we have a busy show,” she noted. “But I have to tell you, perhaps the single most perfectly formed story of the day — the single most sparkling story of the entire day is this scoop from reporter Kevin Poulson at The Daily Beast who said Trump’s favorite more Trumpier than Fox TV network that the president has been promoting and telling everyone they should watch and is better than Fox, turns out that network has a full-time on-air reporter who covers U.S. politics who is also, simultaneously, on the payroll of the Kremlin.”

“What?” she asked.

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“At the same time he works for Trump’s favorite One America News team, he is being paid by the Russian government to produce government-funded, pro-Putin propaganda for a Russian government-funded propaganda outfit called Sputnik,” she reported. “Sputnik, of course, had a key role in the intervention in the 2016 election to help Trump, according to the Intelligence Community’s assessment of that attack. Sputnik is also formally registered with the U.S. Justice Department as an agent of a foreign power.”

“There is a lot of news today, but among the giblets the News Gods dropped off their plates for us to eat off the floor today is the actual news that this super right-wing news outlet the president endorsed as a preferable alternative to Fox News — because he thinks Fox is insufficiently pro-Trump and he like this other outlet better — they share staff with the Kremlin,” she continued.

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“What?” she asked again.

“It’s an easy thing to throw out, like an epitaph in the Trump era, ‘Hey, that looks like Russian propaganda.’ In this case, the most obsequiously pro-Trump right-wing news outlet in America literally is paid Russian propaganda. Their on-air politics reporter is paid by the Russian government to produce propaganda for that government,” she explained.

Maddow explained what she expects will come next.

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“That is just one of the things we learned today. You just swallow that and you move on. We expect that they won’t fire their Kremlin staffer and expect that the president will keep promoting them and expect that other right-wing news outlets start to wonder if they should have a Kremlin staffer doing U.S. politics reporting, too,” she explained.

“It makes it easier to get the message,” she added.

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Trump supporters lose their minds when church shows Nativity scene in immigrant cages

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MAGA supporters are losing their minds after a photo of the Nativity scene at Claremont United Methodist Church was posted to Facebook.

The scene depicts Mary, Joseph, and the baby Jesus separated and put in their own cages, a reference to the families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. Inside the church, the family is shown as reunited.

Senior minister Karen Clark Ristine shared the image on Facebook with the message hoping that everyone in the United States could see the photo and read the story for Christmas.

"The theological statement posted with the nativity: In a time in our country when refugee families seek asylum at our borders and are unwillingly separated from one another, we consider the most well-known refugee family in the world," she wrote. "Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, the Holy Family. Shortly after the birth of Jesus, Joseph and Mary were forced to flee with their young son from Nazareth to Egypt to escape King Herod, a tyrant. They feared persecution and death."

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Columnist nails Republicans for only caring about Hunter Biden now that his father is running for president

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One of the critical questions that must be answered by Republicans, according to one Washington Post columnist, is why they didn't care about Hunter Biden's position at Burisma for so many years.

In a Sunday piece, James Downie asked why Republicans didn't do anything about Hunter Biden five years ago when it was first revealed that vice president's son was on the board of a Ukraine energy company. The House and the Senate were being run by Republicans until this year. They haven't had problems with other partisan investigations against high-profile leaders. There were ten investigations into the Benghazi attacks, three hearings, 29 witnesses, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified for 11 hours. Yet, it was only after Joe Biden announced he was running against President Donald Trump that Republicans discovered an issue.

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Republican staffer caught spying on Democrats during Judiciary Committee meetings

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A Republican staffer from the Ways and Means committee was caught spying on Democrats during their work over the weekend.

According to a Judiciary Committee source, the female staffer was ultimately discovered and ran out of the committee room once it was discovered she was there, tweeted Olivia Beavers, a writer at "The Hill."

"A Judiciary source says the committee, which has been practicing for their Monday impeachment hearing this whole weekend, came across a female GOP Ways and Means staffer in the hearing room today, but that she ran out once discovered," she tweeted.

https://twitter.com/Olivia_Beavers/status/1203784487559213056

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