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Impeachment ‘threatens to consume’ Trump’s presidency: Nicolle Wallace breaks down the ‘battle lines’

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MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace updated viewers on the latest political dynamics in the impeachment inquiry that had the first public hearings on Wednesday.

Wallace said, “the impeachment proceedings into Donald Trump threaten to consume his presidency.”

“The public phase of that effort and the investigative aspect of the impeachment process are now speeding down two parallel tracks,” she explained. “The second public hearing is underway at 9:00 A.M. tomorrow morning — while the closed-door investigative track of the impeachment proceedings presses on gaining new steam with yesterday’s dramatic revelation from Ambassador Bill Taylor about a previously unknown phone conversation between Donald Trump and his ambassador to the E.U. in which Trump asks specifically about the investigations.”

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“So Taylor didn’t identify the aide who reported the call in that testimony. But two sources tell NBC News it’s was a State Department official named David Holmes. Holmes will talk to lawmakers behind closed doors tomorrow,” she continued.

“And just this afternoon we learned Holmes wasn’t the only one who overheard that call. The Associated Press was first to report there is a second official from the U.S. embassy in Kiev who also witnessed Sondland speaking to Trump over the phone in a restaurant in Ukraine,” she noted. “That’s according to an official familiar with the matter.”

“Also emerging today a clear picture of the battle lines that have been drawn. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi saying today she sees evidence of bribery,” Wallace noted.

For analysis, the “Deadline: White House” host interviewed Associated Press White House reporter Jonathan Lemire.

Wallace asked Lemire about the “weakness with the Republican posture.”

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“We saw that yesterday, how scattershot the Republican efforts at defense were. The minority ranking member, [Devin] Nunes (R-CA), yesterday delving into conspiracy theories born from the fever swamps of the extreme right,” Lemire noted.

“It’s only day one,” Lemire explained. “There are plenty more revelations to come. And this is a White House that from the beginning of this inquiry has been caught flat-footed, has not been able to sort of organize a coherent defense — and there is no war room. They are relying simply on the president and his Twitter account.”

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Trump has rolled out a ‘new scam’ amid internal turmoil over Fauci: op-ed

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Writing in the Washington Post this Thursday, Greg Sargent takes a look at the Trump's administration's recent walkback of its attempts to undermine its top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, after they discovered that it wasn't being received by the public so well.

According to Sargent, President Trump's "new scam" is to present the image that his administration actually respects Fauci's advice while continuing to undermine him behind the scenes.

"What’s really going on here is a kind of two-step, a double game," Sargent writes. "Trump and his advisers want him to reap the political benefits of appearing to harbor general respect for Fauci’s expertise, while simultaneously continuing to undermine Fauci’s actual claims about the threat the novel coronavirus will continue to pose — because those claims badly undermine Trump’s reelection message."

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GOP strategist who wrote party’s 2012 autopsy says she hopes the party loses this year

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Former Republican strategist Sally Bradshaw, who wrote the GOP's so-called "autopsy" after its 2012 election losses, is hoping the party comes crashing down in defeat this fall.

In an email to NPR, Bradshaw conceded that the 2012 election postmortem was "obviously a failure," given that President Donald Trump had taken over the party in 2016 by explicitly ignoring its recommendations about taking a more inclusive approach to immigration reform.

However, she also seemed to think that the GOP's bill for not becoming a more inclusive party had finally come due given its failures to govern through a deadly pandemic that so far has claimed the lives of 137,000 Americans with no end in sight.

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Brutal video targeting moms hits Trump for trying to hurt their children by returning to school in pandemic

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President Donald Trump and Education Sec. Betsy DeVos announced this month that schools must reopen regardless of the dangers of the COVID-19 pandemic. Republican leaders have maintained that not being in school is so detrimental to the development of children that parents must risk their lives and the lives of their families, teachers, principals, and other school administration members.

Author Don Winslow posted a video directed at mothers recalling all of the great moments in a child's development from their first words to their first steps and their first days of school.

"Now Donald Trump wants you to abandon your most primal and powerful motherly instinct to protect your child," the video says. "Trump and Betsy DeVos have said children don't get Coronavirus. Tell that to the families of these children who all died from Coronavirus."

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