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Republicans slapped by ex-judge for claiming to be ‘strict constructionists’ — while doing the opposite

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On Monday’s edition of MSNBC’s “All In,” former Judge Nancy Gertner blaster Republicans like Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) for their anti-constitutional hypocrisy in opposing any effort to subpoena former National Security Adviser John Bolton in the Senate impeachment trial.

“There is now a sort of question about timing more broadly, Nancy, and this impasse between the two branches where, again, there is no clear guide here,” said anchor Chris Hayes.

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“Well, there is no clear guide,” said Gertner. “But you know something, the Constitution doesn’t say many things specifically. But when it talks about the Senate, it says the case shall be tried in the Senate. And the senators have to take an oath that independent of their oath as senators.”

“‘Trial’ had a specific meaning in the 18th century,” continued Gertner. “It meant witnesses. It meant an impartial jury. These were not things that were, you know, set aside comments. If you are a strict constructionist, as many of the Republicans purport to be, you would understand that trial meant witnesses, cross-examination, and oath meant an oath of impartiality as a juror would take. Bolton’s coming forward makes it clear that, you know, that maybe opens, at least raises the possibility there will be other witnesses who will come forward. I don’t think there really is justification here for not holding witnesses, not having witnesses.”

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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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