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'We're in trouble': Steve Schmidt issues dire warning about changed GOP after January 6th riot

Appearing on MSNBC's the 11th Hour with host Brian Williams, former GOP campaign consultant Steve Schmidt warned that Democrats need to accept that the Republican Party has changed drastically after four years of Donald Trump and the Jan 6th riot -- and failure to recognize that simple fact puts the entire country at risk.

Using one of Schmidt's tweets where he called Trump's "truth" a "hideous deception" as a jumping-off point, the former Republican warned, "We're in trouble."

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Ahmaud Arbery’s family worries about impartiality of jurors as murder trial begins

We go to Brunswick, Georgia, for an update as jury selection began this week in the trial of three white men who fatally shot 25-year-old unarmed man Ahmaud Arbery while he was out for a jog last year. Gregory McMichael and his son Travis McMichael claim they were attempting a "citizen's arrest" of Arbery last February when they pursued him in their pickup truck. Their neighbor, William "Roddie" Bryan, joined the pursuit in his own truck and recorded a cellphone video that would later be released as evidence and spark nationwide outcry. Travis McMichael fired two shots, killing Arbery. Theawanza Brooks, Ahmaud Arbery's aunt, remembers Arbery as "an amazing young man … they took away from us," and discusses ongoing protests outside the courthouse and racial dynamics in the case. "It's impossible to find anyone in that small community who has not heard about what happened to Ahmaud," adds Lee Merritt, civil rights attorney representing the Arbery family, who also addresses key aspects of the defense's argument, including the citizen arrest law the McMichaels used as an excuse to stop Arbery.


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Trump is 'hungry' for a rematch whenever Biden's approval dips — and it would take 'a prison sentence' to stop him: DC insider

On Friday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," David Gergen, a Beltway insider who worked under four presidents, said that former President Donald Trump has been emboldened in his determination to run for president again every time bad news or bad polling has hit President Joe Biden.

Recent reporting indicates that Trump had to be talked out of prematurely announcing his 2024 run by his aides this summer — and, said Gergan, the impulse has not gone away.

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Trump aims to use this Russian tactic to be 'installed without winning' in 2024: Yale historian

Former president Donald Trump and his GOP supporters are hoping to rely on a tactic that's common in Russia to return him to the White House in 2024, according to one prominent expert on authoritarianism.

"As someone who follows contemporary Russia, there is a Russian phrase that comes to mind, which is the 'administrative resource,'" author and Yale University history professor Timothy Snyder told MSNBC on Friday. "What the administrative resource means in Russian is that sure, you have an election, but the people who are running the election are going to determine how the election turns out. What the Republicans are going for is precisely that thing, the administrative resource."

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The Matt Gaetz investigation is 'growing' — and he 'really has to worry': former federal prosecutor

The Department of Justice's decision to add two high-level prosecutors to its investigation of Florida Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz is a sign that the case is "growing," and that he should be "worried," according to one former federal prosecutor.

The Washington-based prosecutors recently joined a team of authorities in Florida who've been looking into whether Gaetz violated federal law by providing goods or payments to a 17-year-old girl in exchange for sex, the New York Times reported Thursday.

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'The man whispering in Trump's ear': CNN's Borger explains why Jeffrey Clark's Capitol riot testimony is crucial

On Friday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," political analyst Gloria Borger weighed in on former Trump DOJ official Jeffrey Clark testifying to the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 Capitol attack.

"Clark is set to be, as I pointed out, the first Trump administration official to comply with a subpoena, with a subpoena for an interview with the select committee," said anchor Wolf Blitzer. "Could this change, potentially, the trajectory of this investigation?"

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Fight breaks out in Florida school after video shows white students spewing racial slurs and wearing KKK-style sheet

Parents at a Florida high school this week were outraged after a video started circulating on social media platform Snap Chat showing two white students spewing racial slurs while one of them wore a KKK-style white sheet.

News4Jax reports that video of the two white students had been filmed over the summer, but was uploaded this week and sent over Snap Chat to several of the Black students who attend the Yulee High School in Nassau County.

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‘I’ll answer it for you’: Jen Psaki destroys Peter Doocy – and says Biden doesn't need a ‘feckless’ border wall

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Friday was forced to verbally wallop Peter Doocy after the combative, argumentative, and fear-mongering Fox News correspondent tried to pick a fight over President Joe Biden having not recently visited the southern border.

When all was said and done Psaki reminded Doocy that when he was president Donald Trump "went to the border, at least once, maybe more," she told him. "How did that immigration policy result Peter? That immigration policy resulted in separating kids from their parents, building a border wall that's feckless, and that cost billions of dollars for taxpayers."

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'You actually deserve to hang': Elections chief reveals death threats after Trump targeted him

During a December 5 rally in Georgia last year Donald Trump turned his focus to a local official, showing supporters a video of Richard Barron, the Fulton County elections director.

"So, if you just take the crime of what those Democratic workers were doing," Trump told attendees, "that's ten times more than I need to win the state."

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GOP congressman: Capitol riot defendants are being treated worse than 'blood thirsty murderers' at Guantanamo

Speaking on the House floor this Friday, Texas GOP Rep. Louie Gohmert went to bat for defendants arrested and charged for participating in the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, saying that authorities are treating them worse than prisoners in the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp in Cuba.

"The reports we've been getting indicate that the folks here that are being held in pre-trial confinement and are being punished, although that's unconstitutional to punish somebody while they are waiting trial and have not been convicted, that they're not treated nearly as well as bloodthirsty murderers that are being held in Guantanamo," Gohmert said.

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‘You’re going to be served lead you communist’: Elections chief reveals death threats after Trump targeted him

During a December 5 rally in Georgia last year Donald Trump turned his focus to a local official, showing supporters a video of Richard Barron, the Fulton County elections director.

"So, if you just take the crime of what those Democratic workers were doing," Trump told attendees, "that's ten times more than I need to win the state."

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CNN’s Jake Tapper stunned by latest Marjorie Taylor Greene meltdown: ‘Her behavior suggests somebody that has real issues’

CNN host Jake Tapper was asked Friday on "New Day" about Marjorie Taylor Greene's reported meltdown on the House floor and said she had "issues."

With the caveat that he is not in any way a mental health expert or psychologist, the "State of the Union" host speculated that Greene may have mental health problems.

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Former Kyrsten Sinema adviser calls her out on CNN: 'Without voting rights, we can't have a strong democracy'

On CNN Friday, Sylvia Andersh, a former adviser to Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), opened up about why she and several other advisers stepped down from their roles — and expressed the hope that it was pushing the senator to change her opposition to the progressive agenda, from letting Medicare negotiate prescription drug prices to reforming Senate rules that let the GOP block bills to protect voting rights.

"We did this a few weeks ago," said Andersh. "We came together and we decided that we were not pleased with the way this — she was behaving and carrying on. So we wanted to give her this message and tell her how we felt about it. And I'm glad that there is some changes that seem to be happening. Hopefully this has had some impact."

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