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Pulitzer Prize-winner reveals why the White House thinks Trump’s Ukraine scandal ‘can be spun as positive’

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Despite the growing movement for impeachment, advisors to President Donald Trump believe the bombshell reports about soliciting foreign election interference from Ukraine can be “spun as a positive” for the president’s 2020 re-election campaign.

Ashley Parker, a White House reporter for The Washington Post, was interviewed about the thinking of Trump’s advisors by MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki on Monday.

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“This is a White House, a Trump White House, that is used to being under siege. There was of course the two-and-a-half-year saga with the Mueller investigation culminating in the Mueller report, Mueller’s testimony recently. There have been a million other controversies, flare-ups, moments when the White House was forced to defend a comment from the president, allegation against the president, these sorts of things,” Kornacki noted.

“How is the White House regarding the developments in the last 24-hours, specifically relating to Democrats in impeachment?” he asked. “Do they view this as par for the course or do they view this as something different?”

“So the impeachment development is quite new … generally speaking, and this is not everyone in the White House and in the president’s orbit, there are some people who are concerned, but there is a sense that this is potentially -— can be spun as positive for the president if he can take this issue,” Parker replied. “And this is his skill set and it involves his trademark shamelessness, but take this issue and make it less about him, less about what he did or did not do or say, and use that media spotlight to focus on Biden and his son in Ukraine.”

“And, again, you said in the intro of the show there is no evidence there was any wrongdoing there, but that has not stopped Trump and his allies — we saw this in the last 24 hours — trying to say Biden and his son did something untoward and something corrupt that needs to be investigated,” she continued. “From the president’s point of view, and you saw this in his public comments today up in New York, he is sort of loving this moment.”

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“That said, there is some concern, you know, of course, there was the concern that this could lead to impeachment. That’s what we’re seeing tonight, at least one step closer, we’ll know more after the meeting tomorrow. That is a problem in part because you see how the president reacts it is often quite erratically and making a problem worse for himself when he does feel under threat, when he does feel under assault,” she noted.

“There is also the risk that as they’re trying to shine the spotlight on Biden and his son that this narrative of the president yet again potentially asking a foreign country to intervene, to help in an election, help with a political foe is not a narrative they want to harden in the public consciousness,” Parker added.

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Bill Maher rips Trump and ‘the gang that couldn’t do treason straight’ on Real Time

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HBO "Real Time" host Bill Maher ripped the incompetence of the Trump administration after acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney confessed that there was a quid pro quo with Ukraine in Rudy Giuliani's search for foreign election assistance.

"It's not just that he's always breaking the law, it's that he obviously wants you to know about it," Maher said. "The Joker doesn't want to get caught this bad."

"This is Trump's definition of three-dimensional chess, 'I'm going to distract you from impeaching me by committing more crimes," he said.

"It's like he comes home and Melania says to him, 'you have lipstick on your color,' and he says, 'you should see my d*ck,'" Maher said.

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‘Stand with Hong Kong’ shirts fill the stands at Nets game as NBA is protested for China subservience

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The National Basketball Association was protested on Friday for bowing to pressure from China.

The NBA has been harshly criticized for standing by the oppressive regime instead of standing in solidarity with the pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.

"Producer and activist Andrew Duncan bought 300 tickets to tonight's Nets vs Raptors game and is hosting hundreds of Chinese pro-Democracy activists to protest the NBA," New York magazine correspondent Yashar Ali reported Friday. "They're all wearing 'Stand With Hong Kong' T-shirts."

Photos from the protest:

1. Producer and activist Andrew Duncan bought 300 tickets to tonight's Nets vs Raptors game and is hosting hundreds of Chinese pro-Democracy activists to protest the NBA.

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Trump polling close friends over whether he should fire Mulvaney: report

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President Donald Trump is considering firing Mick Mulvaney, his acting White House chief of staff and director of the Office of Management and Budget, The Atlantic reported Friday.

"Mick Mulvaney's job was in danger even before his disastrous press conference yesterday, and his equally disastrous attempt to walk that performance back," The Atlantic reported. "The fumble could not have been more poorly timed: According to multiple current and former White House officials, many of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity to relay private conversations, Trump has been steadily souring on Mulvaney for weeks."

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