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Morning Joe pinpoints the moment when Michelle Obama absolutely nailed Trump

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On Tuesday morning the panel on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” immediately began lavishing praise on former first Lady Michelle Obama for putting a capper on the first night of the Democratic National Convention with a widely heralded talk with America.

According to co-host Joe Scarborough, one segment of her speech particularly stood out as she perfectly nailed the danger inherent in Donald Trump being re-elected.

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After showing a clip of the former first lady saying, “Whenever we look to this White House for some leadership or consolation or any semblance of steadiness, what we get instead is chaos, division, and a total and utter lack of empathy. If you take one thing from my words tonight, it is this: if you think things cannot possibly get worse. Trust me, they can and they will if we don’t make a change in this election. If we have any hope of ending this chaos, we have got to vote for Joe Biden like our lives depend on it,” the MSNBC host said that moment likely struck home with 2020 voters.

“It’s fascinating that four years later, Donald Trump’s message has been turned on its head,” Scarborough observed. “Not just by Michelle Obama, but by 150, 160, 170,000 deaths. What did Donald Trump say to African-Americans, what did he say to black voters four years ago, ‘what do you have to lose?'”

“And last night, Michelle Obama’s message after four years of death, after four years of economic devastation, what did Michelle Obama say? If you don’t think things can get worse, you’re wrong, they can,” he explained. “And that, especially for black voters, but for senior citizens and small business owners and Americans who have been devastated by this pandemic that Donald Trump has been playing down from the very beginning, those words likely resonated last night.”

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Outrage against Dianne Feinstein as potential Judiciary chair comes out against Senate reform

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) received harsh criticism on Monday after coming out against Senate reform of the filibuster.

“I don't believe in doing that. I think the filibuster serves a purpose," Feinstein argued.

"It is not often used, it's often less used now than when I first came, and I think it's part of the Senate that differentiates itself," Feinstein falsely claimed.

https://twitter.com/sahilkapur/status/1308169580658012160

Feinstein is in line to chair the Senate Judiciary Committee if Democrats regain the Senate, despite never attending law school or having ever tried a case.

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Lindsey Graham announces embattled Sen. Joni Ernst will vote for whomever Trump nominates to replace RBG

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The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday announced that GOP members of the body would be united in voting for whomever President Donald Trump nominates to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court.

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https://twitter.com/AaronBlake/status/1308223330357518336

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A Never-Trump Republican changed her mind — then crumbled when she tried to explain why

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In a recent op-ed for the Washington Post, Republican Danielle Pletka declared that despite the fact that she refused to vote for Donald Trump in 2016, she now feels compelled to support him in 2020. The piece quickly caught fire online, inspiring ridicule and sympathy from differing corners and triggering a surprising amount of discussion.

In one sense, it’s hard to see what the big deal was. The Post publishes opinion pieces in support of Trump frequently, and this one was not particularly special. Pletka herself is not a particularly notable figure. Like many op-eds, it was sloppy and unpersuasive, making huge leaps of reasoning and glossing over critical points in the argument. It didn’t take seriously any compelling counterarguments. It was, in other words, a mere display of partisan loyalty from a Republican who would prefer to be inside the tent than outside of it.

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