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‘One more flavor of cowardice’: Rick Wilson shreds Susan Collins for doing the ‘bare minimum’ to oppose McConnell

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Former Republican strategist Rick Wilson warned Sen. Susan Collins would suffer a defeat for going along with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s scheme to rig the impeachment trial.

Collins was the only Republican senator to break party ranks on one vote over the rules for President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, but Wilson told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that voters shouldn’t expect much more of that.

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“Look, she’s going try to keep the very bare minimum to keep McConnell and Trump from being angry with her, and that bare minimum is insufficient,” Wilson said. “That bare minimum is not principled, that is one more flavor of cowardice, in this case, and it’s one more problem she’s going to accrue by pretending that these are all procedural votes and these are ‘nothingburger’ votes.”

“She’s up for a sharp shock in that regard, I think,” he added.

MSNBC’s Mike Barnicle agreed.

“If you go up to Maine, Portland and places like that, you pick up the fact that many voters are increasingly becoming disappointed in Susan Collins always being disappointed and no more than disappointed,” Barncile said, “and underlying that is a story that’s hard to get to, hard to report because it has to do with people’s emotion, but the irrational fear that Donald Trump has planted in so many candidates and sitting United States senators just like Susan Collins is an undercurrent in this campaign that I have never seen before.”

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‘People’s lives will be lost’: Psychiatrist warns ‘sociopath’ Trump is ‘getting worse’ — and failing in coronavirus response

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President Donald Trump's psychological problems are getting worse and could be consequential as America faces a potential COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell on Thursday interviewed Dr. Lance Dodes, a former assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

"As you pointed out, Lawrence, this man is about himself. He really is not about the country, he's not about public health," Dr. Dodes said of Trump.

"Although he has already severely damaged the country by being a psychopath or sociopath -- in many ways, he's damaged democracy -- I think people's lives will be lost now," he warned. "Individual lives will be lost because of the way he's mishandling the coronavirus issue."

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‘Something really rotten’: Here’s the evidence of extensive voter suppression in Georgia’s notorious 2018 election

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As the 2020 presidential campaign cycle grinds on, there’s renewed concern about the 21st century’s newest form of warfare: cyber-sabotage of government systems, including elections and online disinformation intended to incite unrest. But as Suppressed: The Fight to Vote, a documentary from Brave New Films, makes clear, partisan voter suppression tactics with 20th-century roots remain and can thwart multitudes of voters from changing their state’s political leaders.

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The real story behind Trump’s new lawsuit against the New York Times

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Wednesday was an ominous day for freedom of the press in this country, and I want to tell you why.

You may have heard or seen that President Trump filed a libel suit against the New York Times. Perhaps you weren’t surprised: the president is known to frequently disparage the Times even as he reads it obsessively. Borrowing a page from what I’ve referred to before as a Mount Rushmore of totalitarians, Robespierre, Hitler, Stalin and Mao, Trump loves to call the press the “enemy of the people.”

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