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GOP running impeachment interference for Trump because they don’t want to admit election help from Russia: MSNBC analyst

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On MSNBC’s “AM Joy,” progressive writer and analyst David Corn noted that throughout the Ukraine scandal, President Donald Trump has not just tried to deny wrongdoing, he has tried to suggest that it was really the Ukrainians who interfered in the 2016 election rather than the Russians.

“Nunes was mouthing the exact same conspiracy theory Trump was,” said anchor Joy Reid.

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“Yes, and I’ve been in the hearing room getting headaches trying to make sense of what the Republicans say about it,” said Corn. “But one of the interesting things is they’ve come up with this alternative narrative that Ukraine meddled in 2016. What’s their evidence? Some Ukrainian officials made public statements — wrote op-eds or said things on social media, disparaging Donald Trump. Who, while he was running, said, you know, maybe we should let Russia keep Crimea. So of course they were freaked out about this.”

“Why are [Republicans] doing this? They’re trying to take away the stain, the blot of the real intervention,” said Corn. “Not one person on these hearings, whether it’s Devin Nunes or Mark Meadows or my favorite, Jim Jordan, will say anything about the Russian attack on the campaign that we know happened to assist Trump. All they do is talk about this other Ukrainian narrative, which Trump put into motion because he still is trying hard to change reality to get that asterisk after his election thrown off the books.”

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Trump unleashes yet another maddening scandal as he opens the door to Saudi Arabian interference

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I don’t often talk about how mad I am. I don’t often talk about how mad I am, because talking often about how mad I am prevents me from speaking clearly and rationally. I want to speak clearly and rationally. There is so much need for speaking clearly and rationally amid the endless streams of waste and filth polluting our public discourse.

This article was originally published at The Editorial Board

But I can’t speak clearly and rationally at the expense of morality. Morality often begins with a feeling. The Gospels tell us of Jesus looking on the poor—he could hear and smell their misery—and he was “moved with pity.” But another way of putting it, another way of translating ?????????????, is that the rabbi felt compassion “in his guts.

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US Supreme Court lets stand Kentucky law with abortion restrictions

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The US Supreme Court on Monday let stand a Kentucky law that requires doctors to make patients seeking an abortion look at fetal images taken by echocardiogram and to listen to their heartbeat.

Without explanation, as is customary, the top US court refused to hear a suit challenging the state law, which was passed in 2017.

The law requires doctors to show patients echocardiogram images of the fetus and describe to them its size and organs and have them listen to its heartbeat if it is detectable, even if the patient objects.

Kentucky's authorities justified the measure as needed to obtain the patient's "informed consent" before proceeding with an abortion.

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Chris Wallace shreds Ken Starr: Trump’s scandal ‘a much bigger issue than whether Bill Clinton lied about sex’

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Fox News host Chris Wallace argued that the deeds President Donald Trump is accused of are more serious to the country than President Bill Clinton's actions, who was impeached for lying about sex.

During a break in impeachment hearings on Monday, Wallace called out Ken Starr's "characterization of this process and what we heard today... he said that the presentation against the president is narrow, prosecutors look through the world through dirty windows, it's slanted."

"And you know, it just seems to me -- and Ken, I see you there on the screen so I'll be talking directly to you -- when you compare this to the Clinton impeachment, which was basically about whether the president had lied under oath about sex," Wallace continued. "I'm not talking about whether this story is true or not."

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