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‘This ends badly for Trump’s lackeys’: MSNBC’s Morning Joe warns GOP senators they’re doomed for opposing impeachment

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MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough ripped Senate Republicans for selling their souls to President Donald Trump — and risking their political careers.

The “Morning Joe” host praised Rep. Adam Schiff’s impassioned plea to GOP senators in the impeachment trial, but lamented that his appeal likely fell on deaf ears.

“It’s a fear of those who follow Donald Trump, who follow Donald Trump in the Republican Party,” Scarborough said. “It’s a fear of losing a primary election, and, then, yes it is a fear for many of these people, and I consider it to be extraordinarily weak of them, of Donald Trump criticizing them, or tweeting attacks at them.”

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“But it is backfiring,” he added. “If you look at the poll numbers, if you look at Colorado and see how much Donald Trump is upside-down, see how (Sen.) Cory Gardner is upside-down and behind there. If you look at (Sen.) Susan Collins, the least popular senator in all of the United States Senate, because people now consider her to be a little more than a lackey for Donald Trump. This is a woman who comes from a state where they elect fierce independents and always have.”

Scarborough compared Collins to her former colleague and fellow Republican, former Maine senator Olympia Snowe.

“Never once did Olympia Snowe say, ‘I wonder what the president will think of me if I vote this way or that?'” Scarborough said. “That’s just not how senators in Maine act, and yet we hear that Susan Collins did finally have a concern in this Trump impeachment, and she actually wrote a note to the chief justice, and she was concerned that a Democrat had been too mean to a Republican.”

“You know how they say power doesn’t transform character, it reveals it?” he added. “Susan Collins’ character becomes a little more revealed every day, and it is very bad news for her politically. This ends badly for all of Trump’s lackeys.”

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Trump’s latest healthcare push would be a massive gift to Silicon Valley — and could destroy your privacy rights

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The tech industry and Silicon Valley have been lobbying the Trump Administration for policy changes that, they argue, would make it easier for patients in the U.S. to download their medical records onto their smartphones. But this change, journalists Arius Tahir and Adam Cancryn report in Politico, has privacy advocates worried that the privacy of millions of patients could be seriously compromised.

“If proposed policy changes go through, patients would be able to download their health records onto their smartphones and direct it to apps of their choice,” Tahir and Cancryn explain. “But there’s a major privacy pitfall: as soon as those records leave the software system of the doctor or hospital, they are no longer protected by HIPAA, the landmark medical privacy law.”

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Ex-lawmaker ‘spooked’ by Trump’s pick to head intel agencies: ‘This creates an enormous risk to our country’

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A former Democratic congresswoman was "spooked" by President Donald Trump's choice for acting director of national intelligence -- a position she helped create after 9/11.

Trump tapped German ambassador Richard Grenell -- who has no background in intelligence -- to oversee U.S. spy agencies, and former congresswoman Jane Harman warned in a New York Times column that his inexperience would endanger national security.

"With acting cabinet secretaries everywhere, the Departments of Homeland Security and State hollowed out, and the recent departure of high-profile, nonpolitical appointees on the National Security Council staff," Harman wrote, "the judgment and experience about who wants to attack us and where is basically gone. This creates an enormous risk to our country."

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‘Age of empowerment,’ accusers hail Weinstein convictions

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Harvey Weinstein was convicted on Monday of sexual assault and rape, more than two years after allegations of the disgraced movie mogul's sexual misconduct sparked the global #MeToo movement.

The 67-year-old was acquitted of the most serious charge of predatory sexual assault but faces a lengthy jail term.

The guilty verdicts were hailed as a landmark moment for the #MeToo movement, with accusers, activists and attorneys lining up to congratulate prosecutors.

Here is the best of the reactions:

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