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New Hampshire Republicans tell Trump’s ex-campaign manager to stay out of their Senate race

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On Wednesday, President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski told NBC News that he is “seriously considering” a run against Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and he will reportedly discuss the matter with the president in the coming days.

But Republicans in New Hampshire are not happy with the idea. According to The Daily Beast, Republicans in the state are urging him not to go through with it. One GOP official said “He is as much of a shadow of the president as you can find. That will hurt us down ballot,” while another said “It would certainly give more ammunition to Jeanne Shaheen.”

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Though New Hampshire is traditionally a swing state, it is not expected to be terribly competitive in 2020, as Trump is massively unpopular there — the latest Morning Consult tracker shows him underwater there by 22 points. Consequently, the Senate race is unlikely to be competitive either — there were whispers that Gov. Chris Sununu would jump into the race, but he ruled it out.

New Hampshire Democrats don’t want him either.

“Corey Lewandowski is a craven lobbyist who has been credibly accused of assault many times and is chomping at the bit to strip away Granite Staters’ health care,” said Josh Marcus-Blank, spokesman for the New Hampshire Democratic Party.

“Meanwhile, Senator Shaheen is making a difference for New Hampshire families, leading efforts in the Senate to expand access to health care and taking on the big drug companies to lower the costs of prescription drugs,” he added. “The contrast couldn’t be more clear.”

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Lewandowski, who ran the Trump campaign prior to Paul Manafort, gained national attention for manhandling a conservative reporter, for which he was charged with battery (those charges were later dropped). He has been a frequent defender of the president on national television.


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‘Abuse of power is not a crime’: Former acting AG Matt Whitaker makes a brazen claim on Fox News

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Former acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker told a Fox News audience that it is not a crime for President Donald Trump to abuse the power of his office.

Whitaker made the comments while complaining about "global elitists" during an interview with Laura Ingraham.

"What evidence of a crime do you have?" Whitaker asked, despite Trump, acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and defense lawyer Rudy Giuliani all admitting Trump sought foreign election interference to help his struggling re-election campaign.

"Abuse of power is not a crime," the nation's former top law enforcement office argued.

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Joe Biden apologizes for ‘partisan lynching’ comments about Bill Clinton’s impeachment

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Former Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday apologized for comments he made saying impeachment could be viewed as a "partisan lynching."

The comments from a 1998 interview were reported after Biden said it was "abhorrent" and "despicable" for President Donald Trump to refer to impeachment as a lynching.

"Even if the President should be impeached, history is going to question whether or not this was just a partisan lynching or whether or not it was something that in fact met the standard, the very high bar, that was set by the founders as to what constituted an impeachable offense," Biden said in 1998.

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Maddow warns Russia is interfering in the 2020 election in ‘exactly the same way’ as they did in 2016

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MSNBC's Rachel Maddow on Monday warned that Russia and the Republicans are running the "exact same play" against Democrats in 2020 -- and this time will be aided by the United States Justice Department.

"And they are playing it again already for the next election. And some of it is happening just like it did in 2016. And some of it is worse and I think it’s going to be more powerful than it was in 2016. In part because this is a second draft for these guys, right? They ran this play in 2016. They worked out some of the kinks," she explained. "Now they’ll do it again with the benefit of knowing what worked for them and what didn’t work the first time around. It’s a second draft. It’s going to be better and more polished."

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