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Mulvaney fiasco lays bare the Trump administration’s ‘scattershot’ operation fighting impeachment: reporter

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On Thursday’s edition of MSNBC’s “Hardball,” PBS NewsHour White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor broke down how White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney’s admission of a quid pro quo in the Ukraine scandal, and subsequent efforts to walk it back, reveal the complete lack of preparation and planning at the White House for the impeachment battle.

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“The White House has really been trying to develop its impeachment inquiry strategy, but they haven’t really settled on anything,” said Alcindor. “At one point they were trying to hire former congressman Trey Gowdy, then the president was surprised by the fact that he couldn’t start until January, which is going to be well into the impeachment inquiry, and so you have a White House still trying to formulate itself.”

“I’ve been talking to attorneys that worked for Bill Clinton back when he was going through an impeachment inquiry and impeachment process, and they said that White House had a very clear strategy,” continued Alcindor. “They hired outside lawyers, had a messaging strategy. They also made sure Bill Clinton wasn’t really thinking about the impeachment inquiry. What you have is President Trump really laser-focused on this, and what you see today is Mick Mulvaney trying to defend the president but making the surprising announcement that the president was trying to withhold military aid from Ukraine because he wanted them to look into the DNC. So because of that, you have a really scattershot strategy that seems to at least not be working for the White House very well.”

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Barney Frank unveils the slogan Democratic candidates can use to win the Senate in 2020

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Former Rep. Barney Frank suggested a slogan that Democrats could use to end the reign of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

Frank suggested the slogan during a Friday appearance on MSNBC.

"The Republican electorate -- and what happens is the dynamic as the Republicans get harder and harder in this far-right Trump fealty, some people leave the Republican Party, so that means the remainder are this hardcore," Frank replied.

"Mitch McConnell is going to pay a price," he said. "And frankly, I think the way this is going to play out the Republican senators are now making the toughest choice a politician can make, between the primary and the final -- between making sure you can get renominated and the winning in November."

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He ‘deserves better than to be mocked, taunted, and bullied by the commander-in-chief’: Lt. Col. Vindman lawyer to Trump

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Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman was ripped during an Oval Office press availability Friday by President Donald Trump. The president, who never served in the military, mocked Vindman's rank, belittling him with sarcasm as “the lieutenant colonel."

In response to the president, Vindman's lawyer called out the president, saying that the decorated Iraq war hero deserves better.

“My client has seen war, and has sacrificed greatly for our country. He has said nothing publicly but for statements made pursuant to a subpoena. He deserves better than to be mocked, taunted, and bullied by the Commander-in-Chief,” the lawyer said according to CNN's Kaitlan Collins.

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Trump-loving troll who attacked veteran reporter Kurt Eichenwald will plead guilty: report

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Maryland man, John Rayne Rivello, will officially plead guilty in a Dallas, Texas court next week for intentionally attempting to cause a seizure in a former Newsweek reporter using an animated strobe image, the Dallas Morning News reported.

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