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‘Mulvaney basically owns himself’: MSNBC’s Ari Melber on White House confession — and flip-flop

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MSNBC chief legal correspondent Ari Melber on Thursday explained how acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney inadvertently owned himself during a press conference.

The host played a clip of Mulvaney speaking in the White House briefing room.

“Okay, let’s break this down. I’m show you exactly where Mulvaney basically owns himself, which is why since we’ve come on the air they put out a new statement walking this back. But what he said might be a much more accurate reflection of what happened than this new, lawyered statement. Listen closely to that key point from Mulvaney. Take a listen,” he said, replaying part of the clip.

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“The president gets to set foreign policy and gets to choose who to do so. As long as it doesn’t violate any law,” Mulvaney said.

“As long as he doesn’t violate any law. That’s a big caveat,” Melber noted.

“It’s the center of the impeachment probe’s inquiry, whether Trump did something illegal or unconstitutional, withholding aid to a foreign country that was, of course, appropriated by Congress, for his own political gain,” he reminded.

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Trump has ‘confused’ his own voters about mail-in ballots — and GOP fears ‘turnout crisis’: report

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President Donald Trump's frequent attacks on mail-in voting have made his own voters far less likely to take advantage of filing absentee ballots -- and the Washington Post reports that GOP operatives fear it could create a "turnout crisis."

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill tells the Post that he recently met with a group of Republican voters who traditionally send their ballots through the mail, but were now reluctant to do so thanks to the president's regular attacks on the system.

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Trump’s ‘craziness’ is scaring off exhausted voters in the Rust Belt states: columnist

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In a column for the conservative Bulwark, political observer Daniel McGraw said voters in a key region between Pennsylvania and Ohio have had enough of the chaos in the Donald Trump's White House and his failure to bring the jobs he promised them in 2016.

As McGraw points out, the region along the border encompassing Erie, Crawford, Mercer, Lawrence and Beaver counties in Pennsylvania was a solid Democratic region until Trump came along. Writing that candidate Trump swept into the area in 2016 with rallies where he promised jobs and better times ahead McGraw stated that Trump's pitch was well-received and local voters turned out for him.

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‘Deborah took the bait & hit us!’ Trump lashes out at Birx for delivering bad news about the virus

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President Donald Trump stepped into the dispute between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Dr. Deborah Birx.

The White House coronavirus task force coordinator warned Sunday that the U.S. was in a "new phase" of the pandemic, as Pelosi escalated her attacks on the senior scientist.

"So Crazy Nancy Pelosi said horrible things about Dr. Deborah Birx, going after her because she was too positive on the very good job we are doing on combatting the China Virus, including Vaccines & Therapeutics," Trump tweeted. "In order to counter Nancy, Deborah took the bait & hit us. Pathetic!"

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