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‘Devin Nunes keeps getting caught in one clumsy lie after another’: MSNBC’s Morning Joe

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MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough busted Rep. Devin Nunes for lying about his own role in President Donald Trump’s scheme against Ukraine — which he then tried to cover up during the impeachment inquiry.

House Democrats have released documents showing Nunes and his staffer Derek Harvey communicating with Lev Parnas, an associate of Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani — who directed efforts to pressure Ukraine to announce an investigation of Joe Biden.

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“Devin Nunes just keeps getting caught in one clumsy lie after another,” Scarborough said. “Remember the facade of the press conference on both sides of Pennsylvania Avenue he made a total fool of himself lying about information he claimed to have, but he didn’t have until the White House fed it to him.”

“Of course, here he’s lied about his relationship with Parnas,” he added, “and here we see once again this guy lied to the media, lied to other members of Congress, and yet he’s still able to run the president’s defense for the most part in the Intel Committee. Seems so curious to me that the Republicans there, Kevin McCarthy there, would allow this guy to continue to embarrass themselves.”


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The ‘Titanic met an iceberg named Elizabeth Warren’: Michael Bloomberg’s first debate performance widely panned

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Former NYC mayor Mike Bloomberg's first presidential debate performance is being widely panned by pundits.

The Root's Dr. Jason Johnson told MSNBC viewers just how bad he thought Bloomberg did at the Democratic debate in Las Vegas: "The most expensive night in Vegas I've ever seen. He lost everything."

"This probably was the most expensive night in Vegas I've ever seen. Bloomberg lost everything.

He stumbled over obvious questions anyone could have anticipated. He's probably doubling the salary of people going into the spin room" --@DrJasonJohnson #DemDebate pic.twitter.com/Vv6bC8xrRI

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EU seeks ‘responsible’ AI to dispel Big Brother fears

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The EU unveiled its strategy for artificial intelligence on Wednesday as it seeks to catch up with China and the US and dispel fears of Big Brother-like control.

The EU said building trust would be a guiding principle, with higher-risk uses of AI in health, security or transport facing stricter demands on transparency and human oversight. Lower-risk applications would be largely left alone.

The other ambition will be to offer companies and universities access to the mountain of data that drives AI -- with the bloc considering forcing tech giants to share data or face sanctions.

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How Democrats clean up the messes left by Republicans

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For decades, Democratic administrations have been cleaning up economic messes left to them by Republican administrations. Thanks to Donald Trump, they'll have to do so again.

Before diving in, we need to understand this one concept: the debt-to-GDP ratio.

The national debt is a meaningless number on its own. It's meaningful only as a percentage of the total economy, the GDP. Even if the debt grows, that's okay so long as the economy grows even faster. But if the reverse is true — if the economy is growing more slowly than the debt — we're in trouble.

With this in mind, let's go back to the 1980s. When Ronald Reagan took office, the national debt equaled just a little over 30 percent of the total economy. Then Reagan began cutting taxes and spending a huge amount on the military. By the time he left the White House, the debt-to-GDP ratio was nearly 50 percent. He viewed it as a way of "starving the beast" so future Democratic administrations would find it harder to fund programs for the poor and average working people.

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