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Obama ambassador rips Trump’s negotiating skills for offering Putin ‘something for nothing’

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The former ambassador to Russia ridiculed President Donald Trump’s negotiating skills during a Monday appearance on MSNBC.

Ambassador Michael McFaul was interviewed on “Hardball” by Chris Matthews.

“Ambassador McFaul, your thoughts on what the Russians must think at the highest levels at this American president operating as their agent?” Matthews asked.

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“Well, they’re delighted by it, of course, because it divides the G7. And it divides the G7 at a time when we could actually really use unity, on how to deal with the global economy, how to deal with China. Instead, we’re having ridiculous — I want to emphasize that adjective — ridiculous discussions about inviting Vladimir Putin back to the G8,” McFaul replied.

“You know, I’m not — I didn’t write Art of the Deal, but I did do some diplomacy,” he noted.

“I don’t understand why President Trump continues to offer something for nothing. Why is that a good deal for the American people? Let’s let him come back in for nothing? He has to do nothing,” McFaul said. “Obviously, nobody else is going to agree with him and I really cannot understand why the president continues to double and triple down on this courtship — this fawning — of Vladimir Putin.”

“As I mentioned earlier, the president suggested he may host next year’s G7 Summit — somebody’s laughing already — at his Trump National Doral golf resort near Miami, despite concerns it would violate the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause prohibiting officers of the U.S. government from accepting a thing of value from a foreign state…” Matthews said.

“Well, today the president downplayed ethical concerns he would profit off the event and turned today’s news conference into an infomercial. Here he is like a pitchman on the Atlantic City boardwalk selling Vegematics — in this case his Doral country club,” the host said, playing a clip of Trump bragging about Doral’s “magnificent buildings with “very luxurious rooms” including some of the biggest ballrooms in Florida.

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The host blasted the president.

“This is the marketing director for dural in the guise of a U.S. president and world leader,” Matthews said.

“Since when do we need ballrooms for G7 Summits?” McFaul asked.

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“I have a suggestion. There is this place called Camp David,” he suggested. “I don’t know if the president’s heard of it, he’s been there a few times. It’s a government property, fantastic security. President Obama hosted the G8 summit there in 2012. I think that’s a fantastic alternative.”

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WATCH: Saturday Night Live airs Christmas special — that’s just one giant dig at the Electoral College

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NBC's "Saturday Night Live" aired an opening skit that was just one giant attack on the electoral college.

A snowman introduced the segment, saying that we could look in on the holiday table conversation thanks to hacked Nest cams.

The skit featured a house in San Francisco, California, a second in Charleston, South Carolina and a third in Atlanta, Georgia.

Each dinner table debated impeachment, and the differences between President Donald Trump and his predecessor, President Barack Obama.

But then the snowman said that none of their votes matter.

"They'll debate the issues all year long, but then it all comes down to 1,000 people in Wisconsin who won't even think about the election until the morning of," the snowman said. "And that's the magic of the Electoral College."

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Georgia mayor being recalled for racism resigns from office: report

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Hoschton Mayor Theresa Kenerly resigned in a special city council meeting held on Saturday, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported Saturday.

"The resignation came just days after Councilman Jim Cleveland resigned saying he‘d rather leave office on his own terms than face voters in a recall election next month," the newspaper reported. "Both resignations follow an AJC investigation launched seven months ago into claims that an African American candidate for city administrator was sidetracked by Mayor Theresa Kenerly because of his race."

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Nine 2020 Democrats unite to demand DNC Chair Tom Perez scrap debate rules: report

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The Democratic National Committee is facing a revolt for the party's 2020 presidential candidates for its restrictive debate rules.

"Nine Democratic presidential candidates, including the party's front-runners, are urging the Democratic National Committee to toss out the current polling and fundraising rules used to determine who appears in televised debates and reopen the exchanges to better reflect the historic diversity of the current field. The candidates say the rules exclude diverse candidates in the field from participating," CBS News reported Saturday evening.

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