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Heidi Heitkamp smacks down Chris Christie with lesson on how blue states 'subsidize southern states'
Former Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) clashed with former Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) over details of President Joe Biden's Build Back Better agenda.
During a panel segment on ABC News, Christie suggested that Democrats are hypocrites because they are pushing to raise the cap on state and local tax (SALT) deductions. The former governor argued that the move was an effort to allow Democrat-controlled states to raise local taxes at the expense of Republican-controlled states.
"This is going to help a lot of middle-class families," Heitkamp responded. "We can argue, Chris, about whether it should be 80 grand or whether it should be 50 grand but I think there are a lot of middle-class families that are going to benefit in those blue states."
"Of course," Christie agreed. "You're subsidizing in blue states the decisions of blue state governors and legislatures to continue to raise the taxes. That's what you're doing, Heidi! You want to do that? That's fine. But what you're saying is higher taxes at the state level and at the local level are going to be forgiven in New Jersey by people in South Dakota."
Heitkamp shot back: "And those people in New Jersey subsidize southern states who get more federal assistance than northern states."
Watch the video below from ABC.
Appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press" with host Chuck Todd, former Donald Trump fixer Michael Cohen was asked about the investigations into the Trump Organization by both the Manhattan DA's office and New York Attorney General Letitia "Tish" James and handed off a few suggestions about how to get someone to flip on the ex-president and his family.
Saying he didn't want to reveal too much about what he knows about the multiple investigations so far -- after having spoken with investigators -- Cohen suggested that Trump Org CFO Allen Weisselberg would never turn on Trump and his kids Don Jr, Ivanka and Eric, but that could change if they "squeezed" members of Weisselberg's family who are implicated in the investigation.
"Allen Weisselberg is not the key,' he told Todd. "They are going after Donald, Junior, Eric Ivanka -- a whole slew of individuals, family as well."
Pressed further about Weisselberg, Cohen explained, "They didn't really do to Allen Weisselberg what they did to me. You know, the threat to me was that they were going to file an 85-page indictment that was going to include my wife. They were going to say she was a co-conspirator to the hush money payment which was absolutely nonsensical."
"Look, I've been married for 27 years to the same woman, there was no chance in the world that I was going to put her at risk with these animals," he admitted. " The way they came down on me was nothing like the way came after Weisselberg. They should be squeezing, right now, Barry Weisselberg who worked for the Trump Organization and they should be squeezing Jack Weisselberg, who is only one of two organizations who loaned money to the Trump Organization that we still know, you know, when we talk about whether Donald Trump inflated or deflated his assets."
'Hang on a minute': Chuck Todd confronts GOP governor who wants 'liberty' for vaccines but not for abortion
NBC host Chuck Todd on Sunday challenged Gov Tate Reeves (R-MS) over his push to deny abortion rights for women while insisting that people should have control over their own bodies when it comes to vaccines.
During an interview on Meet the Press, Todd noted that Reeves had recently championed "freedom and individual liberty" when it comes to vaccine mandates.
"Why should the state of Mississippi tell a woman what they should do with their body?" Todd asked. "Why shouldn't they have that individual freedom on their body particularly in the first 20 weeks [of pregnancy]."
"The far left loves to scream 'my body, my choice,'" Reeves replied. "And what I would submit to you, Chuck, is you absolutely ignore the fact that in getting an abortion, there is an actual killing of an innocent unborn child that is in that womb."
Reeves went on to insist that fetuses should be considered "babies" at 15 weeks of age.
"Those babies at 15 weeks can feel pain," he argued. "The difference between vaccine mandates and abortions is vaccines allow you to protect yourself. Abortions actually go in and kill other American babies."
"But vaccines are not about yourself," Todd interrupted. "Hang on a minute. A vaccine is about protecting a larger community. A vaccine is about preventing spread. You could argue a vaccine mandate is a pro-life position."
"You could certainly argue that, Chuck," Reeves agreed. "The vaccine may not keep you from getting the virus. It may not keep you from spreading the virus but it can keep you from ending up in the hospital. That's what's been proven during this delta surge that we've seen in America."
He added: "Conversely, when you're talking about the pro-life position of protecting unborn babies, let's put it also in perspective, the fact is that during this very horrible and challenging time since I was sworn into office in January of 2020, Chuck, we've had 800,000 American lives lost because of Covid. And my heart aches for every single one of those individuals that has died because of Covid ... But since Roe was enacted, 62 million American babies have been aborted and have therefore been killed."
Watch the video below from NBC.