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MSNBC’s Morning Joe shreds Joni Ernst and Marco Rubio’s fear of John Bolton testimony

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MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough shamed Republican senators who’ve signaled they’re not interested in hearing testimony from former national security adviser John Bolton.

Bolton announced Monday that he would comply if Senate Republicans issued a subpoena for his testimony about President Donald Trump’s pressure scheme against Ukraine, which he allegedly described as a “drug deal,” but Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) went on record saying they didn’t care what he had to say.

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“Oh, dear god,” Scarbrough said. “Is that really who Iowa voted for? Do they really want to re-elect this person who said, ‘I’m going to take you to the pigs?'”

Ernst said she doesn’t believe Bolton’s testimony would make any difference in the impeachment trial, and Rubio said the trial should be based only on evidence uncovered by House Democrats in testimony severely limited by the White House.

“Voters in Florida understand this,” Scarborough said. “Marco Rubio says, ‘We’re under no obligation to hear the truth. We’re under no obligation to really — think about that. I’m under no obligation, says an elected member of the state of Florida, to find out the truth behind what the national security adviser said was a drug deal.”

“Yes, this is the same White House official who, upon this meeting taking place, immediately adjourned it and told everybody, ‘Go talk to the lawyers,'” he added. “Marco Rubio’s really saying, ‘I’m under no obligation, dude. La-la-la-la — I don’t want to hear from him, because I might hear the truth that I already know in my heart about Donald Trump. That’s Marco Rubio’s position this morning. I don’t want everybody else to hear what I know about Donald Trump, says Marco Rubio. Is that why he was elected?”

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If Democrats fight right-wing ‘fake news’ fire with fire, we all lose

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Democrats are increasingly worried about losing the 2020 presidential election to Donald Trump. The party is in seeming disarray from the botched Iowa caucuses and the failure of an "electable" frontrunner to emerge early in the primary season. Trump's fundraising and digital operations are humming, buoyed in part by his acquittal at the Senate trial which refused to remove him from office for soliciting foreign interference in the 2020 elections and obstructing the House's investigation of it.

This article first appeared in Salon.

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Nevada GOP activist reveals how he ‘caucused for Bernie’ to help Trump win: ‘It would be a dream election’

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Conservative activist Chuck Muth said that he temporarily switched parties to vote for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in the Nevada caucuses.

Muth, who spoke to the Las Vegas Journal-Review while wearing a red Keep America Great hat, explained that he had crossed over to “vote for the weakest candidate possible of the Democrats.”

“It was kind of a way of demonstrating how absurd I think it is to have same-day registration as well as early voting for a caucus,” Muth explained. “So my wife and I last Sunday went to an early voting site, we changed parties right there on the spot. We caucused for Bernie.”

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Soledad O’Brien shames 1980 ‘Miracle on Ice’ hockey team for photo-op with Trump while wearing MAGA hats

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In an early Sunday morning tweet, award-winning journalist Soledad O'Brien expressed her dismay with members of the 1980 Gold Medal-winning Olympic hockey team for celebrating their historic win over the then-Soviet Union -- dubbed the "Miracle on Ice" -- with Donald Trump while wearing "Make America Great Again" hats.

According to O'Brien, seeing them hand Trump a photo-op filled her with "disappointment."

Taking to Twitter, she wrote, " Ugh.... so disappointed by the @1980MiracleTeam . I loved watching that game as a kid with my dad. Loved watching the movie with my kids. To see them on a stage, in maga hats—kinda crushing I have to say."

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