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GOP ex-congresswoman accidentally launches her campaign video too early while seeking feedback from advisers

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On Monday, the New York Daily News reported that former Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY) is planning a comeback campaign to reclaim her seat that she lost in the 2018 blue wave — but her campaign is already off to a bad start.

Tenney had planned to formally announce her campaign on Tuesday with a campaign video, and solicited feedback on the video from her advisers on the weekend — but accidentally made the video public on Vimeo while sharing it with them, releasing her announcement days before she was ready to make it.

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The video was taken down quickly, but the Daily News summarized: “She traded on the upstate/downstate divide, pledging to fight for her constituents in New York’s 22nd district, not the people of Brooklyn … The video was a far cry from Tenney’s usually combative style and she did not once tee off on Democrats.”

New York’s 22nd Congressional District, situated about halfway between Albany and Rochester and spanning cities up and down the rural central part of the state including Utica, Rome, Cortland, and Binghamton, was one of the most conservative districts to flip to the Democrats in the 2018 cycle — it is 13 points more Republican than the country as a whole.

But Tenney, a firm supporter of the president, kept miring herself in controversy, from claiming that most mass shooters are Democrats, to suggesting that the “Deep State” bought Ben Carson a dining room set, to warning her staffers to be careful because her Italian-American opponent might be tied to the mob.

If her campaign rollout is an omen, she may struggle to convince the people of Upstate New York that she has earned back their vote.

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Republican Kevin McCarthy gets taken down by former top GOP colleague

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Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was attacked by a former Republican colleague who alleged McCarthy and his fellow members of Congress have allowed the House GOP to become the official shill for the White House.

In a profile for the New York Times, former Oversight Committee Chairman Tom Davis (R-VA) shamed the GOP House for the way that a once-respectable institution has fallen.

“Congress no longer operates as an independent branch of government, but as an appendage of the executive branch,” said Davis. “He is made for that role.”

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Former senator reveals to Maddow how one brave Democrat can reveal key document in impeachment trial

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Near the end of Wednesday's impeachment trial, Chief Justice John Roberts announced that an agreement had been made to allow senators to read supplemental testimony from Vice President Mike Pence aide Jennifer Williams.

The document will remain classified, despite claims that there is no classified material in the document, only evidence that is damning to the president.

"In terms of this document potentially being improperly classified, which is something that has been raised in writing by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and raised on the floor of the Senate tonight by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)," MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow noted. "Obviously, it was the vice president's office that said it was classified, they are getting publicly criticized for that. If it has been improperly classified and it should be something that the public can see, who adjudicates that?"

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Florida Republican Matt Gaetz admits Trump’s legal defense was ‘like an 8th grade book report’ — only worse

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Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) admitted that President Donald Trump's team of lawyers weren't quite the legal eagles that he thinks they might be, said Politico reporter Andrew Desiderio.

Questioned about his take on the way the case is unfolding in the Senate, Gaetz said that the House presented it like it was going to be on "cable news." For many that may be an insult, but it appears to Gaetz that was a compliment.

Desiderio said that Gaetz then lamented that the White House presented their case more like “an 8th-grade book report.”

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