Maddow Runs Montage of GOPers Stating Opposition to Emergency Declaration: What Are They Going to Say Now?


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On MSNBC on Thursday night, host Rachel Maddow covered the big news about President Trump‘s apparent intent to sign the bill keeping the government open, and to use an emergency declaration to obtain funds for building the wall on the southern border. And she singled out Republican politicians who previously stated their opposition to such a plan. Maddow noted the plan was outlined but asked, “honestly, is that actually going to happen?” “The White House says it’s going to happen,” she said. “But in this presidency, is anything really done and dusted before Fox & Friends says it’s done and dusted? I mean, we never know exactly what the president is going to do, whether or not the White House has announced some purported plan.” “But of course just the prospect, just the threat of President Trump trying to do this wall thing with a declaration of Continue reading "Maddow Runs Montage of GOPers Stating Opposition to Emergency Declaration: What Are They Going to Say Now?"

Beto O’Rourke: I Would ‘Absolutely’ Tear Down Existing Walls at Border


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Private citizen and possible 2020 presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke spoke with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes on Thursday about the border, the wall, and O’Rourke’s hometown of El Paso. Hayes passed along a tweeted from Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) and O’Rourke’s answer was probably not what most would have expected. Hayes introduced the below question to O’Rourke by saying that Crenshaw is a representative in Texas, but not a border district, and that he tweeted it on his timeline, not to Hayes specifically. “I’m passing it along,” he said. This is the tweet: “If you could,” Hayes asked, “would Continue reading "Beto O’Rourke: I Would ‘Absolutely’ Tear Down Existing Walls at Border"

Breakfast Club Radio Hosts Bury Fox News Over Kamala Harris ‘Reefergate’: They’re ‘Absolutely, Positively Lying’


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“They’ve been calling it ‘Reefergate,’ syndicated radio host Charlamagne Tha God told Ari Melber on MSNBC Thursday night. The host was referencing the fallout from an interview he and his Breakfast Show colleagues conducted with Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA). A number of outlets, notably Fox News, have devoted time to the question of whether the senator was lying about when she smoked marijuana. Harris told the Breakfast Club that she smoked pot during her college days. Later, she was asked by one co-host about her favorite music, and by another about her favorite music to listen to while smoking. Harris replied that she enjoyed Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur — both of whom debuted after Harris was in college. But the senator appeared to be responding to the question of her favorite music overall, not her favorite music to smoke by. That was the contention of Breakfast Club co-host DJ Continue reading "Breakfast Club Radio Hosts Bury Fox News Over Kamala Harris ‘Reefergate’: They’re ‘Absolutely, Positively Lying’"

Trump Thanks MSNBC for Reporting That Senate Committee Found No Collusion


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President Donald Trump tweeted a “thank you” note to MSNBC in response to the network’s exclusive report today that found Democrats and Republicans on the Senate Intelligence Committee have not found evidence proving the Trump campaign worked with Russia. “Thank you to @MSNBC!” Trump wrote in response to a clip from NBC News reporter Ken Dilanian, who broke the story after interviewing sources from both sides of the aisle on the Senate Intel Committee. “After two years and interviewing more than 200 witnesses, the Senate Intelligence Committee has not uncovered any direct evidence of a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia,” Dilanian said in the clip shared by the president. “That’s according to sources on both the Republican and the Democratic side of the aisle.” While Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) essentially Continue reading "Trump Thanks MSNBC for Reporting That Senate Committee Found No Collusion"

MSNBC Analyst Predicts Hannity Will Side With Trump After Wall Funding Loss: He’ll ‘Fold Like a Cheap Suit’


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Former Justice Department spokesman and MSNBC analyst Matt Miller predicted Fox News Sean Hannity will “fold like a cheap suit” and side with Donald Trump on his show tonight after the president’s failure to obtain border wall funding. “I have a prediction by the time 9:00 tonight rolls around, Sean Hannity is going to fold like a cheap suit, he’s going to have gotten the message,” Miller guessed “It’s pretty clear this train is leaving the station, Sean Hannity is going to get on board — he’s not going to leave Donald Trump out there hanging by himself.” The analyst made the prediction during a panel discussion on the importance of Hannity siding with Trump, since Ann Coulter has already condemned the president for caving to Democrats’ demands. Deadline: White House host Nicolle Wallace began the discussion by knocking Trump for “losing on substance and on tactics” during and after Continue reading "MSNBC Analyst Predicts Hannity Will Side With Trump After Wall Funding Loss: He’ll ‘Fold Like a Cheap Suit’"

MSNBC Stunned by Intel Committee News: ‘Trump Will Claim Vindication…And He’ll be Partially Right’


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On Tuesday, Intelligence and national security correspondent for NBC News Ken Dilanian reported the somewhat breaking news to MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson that the Senate Intelligence Committee admits it has found, after two years, “no direct evidence” of collusion between Donald Trump and Russia. The report met surprise first, then skepticism, with Jackson and her guests. “After two years and interviewing more than 200 witnesses, the Senate intelligence Committee has not uncovered any direct evidence of a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia,” said Dilanian. “That’s according to sources on both the Republican and the Democratic side of the aisle.” Dilanian noted that the Republican chair of the committee made remarks to that effect last week, but that the network continued to dig since that was a “partisan” comment. “What I found,” he said,” is that Democrats don’t dispute that characterization.” The report hinges on “direct” evidence, a Continue reading "MSNBC Stunned by Intel Committee News: ‘Trump Will Claim Vindication…And He’ll be Partially Right’"

Cherokee Nation Citizen and Expert Destroys Warren on MSNBC: She ‘Has Zero Cherokee Ancestry’


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On MSNBC’s AM Joy on Sunday, host Joy Reid discussed with her guests both the Tweet by President Donald Trump directed at Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Warren’s own claims of Native American ancestry. Rebecca Nagle, a women’s advocate and member of the Cherokee nation who joined by phone, spared no criticism of either politician. Guest Michelle Goldberg, in the clip above, responded to Nagle’s remarks earlier in the segment by first disclosing that her husband works with Sen. Warren, then offered the line that Warren has been running with for some time about having merely been speaking to what her family told her growing up. “I just want to say that Elizabeth Warren did, in fact, have a native American ancestor, and grew up believing this was part of her heritage and kind of identified with it,” said Goldberg. “I think she was mistaken and she obviously Continue reading "Cherokee Nation Citizen and Expert Destroys Warren on MSNBC: She ‘Has Zero Cherokee Ancestry’"

Ocasio-Cortez Defends Green New Deal: Critics Wrong to Call it a ‘Massive Government Takeover’


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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) rolled out her ambitious Green New Deal proposal on Thursday. Now, she’s facing questions about how she’ll pay for it. Appearing on MTP: Daily on Thursday evening, the New York representative was asked by host Chuck Todd how she envisions financing the lofty plan. Ocasio-Cortez responded by claiming that critics have incorrectly described it as sweeping Federal takeover. “I think one way that the right does try to mischaracterize what we’re doing is like it is a massive government takeover,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “Obviously it’s not that, because what we’re trying to do is release the investments from the Federal government to mobilize those resources across the country. So how do we get there? It can come across a wide range of things. It could be Tennessee Valley Authority-style public programs. But it could also be public-private partnerships, it can work downon a municipal level. There could Continue reading "Ocasio-Cortez Defends Green New Deal: Critics Wrong to Call it a ‘Massive Government Takeover’"

Ocasio-Cortez Suggests End of Two Party System: ‘Four or Five’ Political Parties Would Be Fine


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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) suggested expanding the United States’s two party system in an interview Thursday. MSNBC’s Chuck Todd questioned the freshman congresswoman about whether her brand of Democratic socialism can appeal outside of her deep blue New York district, before probing about whether the two-party system reflects the diverse viewpoints of the country. “Do you think it would be helpful for our system if we have four or five parties?” Todd asked. The Democrat agreed. “Four or five, I think that’s fine,” she added. “It sounds like the two major parties, you feel like, don’t serve this well,” Todd followed up. “I think that it’s totally fine to say that a two party system is, especially in this time of gridlock, is sometimes a difficult thing to navigate,” she replied. “It’s a normal thing to say after these years and years and decades of gridlock. Saying, maybe something Continue reading "Ocasio-Cortez Suggests End of Two Party System: ‘Four or Five’ Political Parties Would Be Fine"

MSNBC Analyst: Elizabeth Warren’s Problem Isn’t Applying as a Native American, It’s Saying She Didn’t


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After Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) apologized again for identifying herself as an “American Indian” on her Texas State Bar registration, MSNBC analyst Zerlina Maxwell said Warren’s main problem was she mislead people by saying she did not use it to her advantage. “I do think the Elizabeth Warren story, actually, there’s a distinction to be made between claiming native history and being from Oklahoma and saying you that did not put that on any official document, in order to gain entry or a benefit in terms of the Bar application that is the form, in the most recent story, to academic institutions,” she said. “Those two things are separate in my view.” Maxwell added it’s a distinction that some voters maybe hard to be aware of. “I think that it is one that is nuanced and that’s sometimes hard with voters,” she said. “I would encourage everybody watching to Continue reading "MSNBC Analyst: Elizabeth Warren’s Problem Isn’t Applying as a Native American, It’s Saying She Didn’t"

Bush Ethics Lawyer Calls on Dems to Release Trump’s Taxes: ‘Great Risk’ He’s Financed By Foreign Governments


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Bush ethics lawyer Richard Painter reacted to reports on Democratic efforts to push President Donald Trump to release his tax returns, calling the returns “of interest not just to Democrats, but to all Americans.” “There is a great risk that he is receiving a lot of his financing from foreign governments or oligarchs connected to foreign governments,” Painter said on MSNBC Thursday. “We’ve not known for 20 years where the Trump Organization gets its money.” “So this is not a political issue, this is a question that’s critical to our national security,” he continued, before calling on Democratic Rep. Richard Neal, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, to release Trump’s tax returns. “The chairman of the committee has to take a look at those tax returns, needs to share them with the Intel committee, with the House and Senate,” he said. “And I believe Continue reading "Bush Ethics Lawyer Calls on Dems to Release Trump’s Taxes: ‘Great Risk’ He’s Financed By Foreign Governments"

Parkland Father That Matt Gaetz Tried to Boot From Hearing Pans Congressman: ‘He’s a Salesperson’


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Manuel Oliver, the father of a high school student who was killed in the Parkland mass shooting, appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe Thursday to talk about his clash with Rep. Matt Gaetz at a congressional hearing on gun violence. Gaetz argued for a wall at the southern border during the hearing, prompting vocal protests from Oliver, the father of Parkland victim Joaquin, and Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jaime was also killed in the shooting. The Florida Republican tried to have the two men removed from the hearing. “I had no idea who this person was before yesterday,” Oliver said on MSNBC of Gaetz. “He’s a salesperson from the Republican Party.” “The reason why I called him a salesperson is because he’s selling a product that has no relationship at all to what the discussion was about,” Oliver continued. “This person came in trying to solve the Continue reading "Parkland Father That Matt Gaetz Tried to Boot From Hearing Pans Congressman: ‘He’s a Salesperson’"

MSNBC’s Ari Melber Calls Out Fmr. Rep. Jack Kingston For Calling AOC a ’29-Year-Old Coffee Barista’


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A day after being fired from CNN, former Rep. Jack Kingston demeaned Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for just being “a 29-year-old coffee barista” during an appearance on MSNBC — which led host Ari Melber to call out his guest. “Let me say number one, here we have a 29-year-old coffee barista running management and enterprises, investments and real estate all over the globe, but she’s going to tell him how to manage the world,” Kingston said in response to Ocasio-Cortez joking that “Netflix and chill is not a management style” after it was revealed the president spends much of his workday watching TV. “She’s not being quoted today based on the fact that she worked in retail or in service,” the host shot back. “She’s being quoted as a member of Congress, the same title of yours — do you not give her the same respect of the title you Continue reading "MSNBC’s Ari Melber Calls Out Fmr. Rep. Jack Kingston For Calling AOC a ’29-Year-Old Coffee Barista’"

Bret Baier Swipes at Other Networks: If Northam Was Republican, Photo Scandal Would Be Leading News


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Fox News anchor Bret Baier‘s panel condemned Virginia Governor Ralph Northam for a newly unearthed photo from his yearbook show him and another person in blackface and a KKK robe. Baier argued coverage of the controversy would play out differently if Northam were a Republican. “It’s never a good day when… the Washington D.C. community and your state are trying to figure out if you’re the one in blackface or the one under the Klan hood,” said Washington Free Beacon‘s Matthew Continetti. He also pointed out that Northam started his week with controversial comments on late term abortion. “This is a political career in death spiral.” Leslie Marshall, a Democratic strategist, called the photo “highly offensive” and said the zero tolerance policy for racism should be “across the board,” with regards to other politicians like Republican Rep. Steve King. “Would Republicans being saying the same Continue reading "Bret Baier Swipes at Other Networks: If Northam Was Republican, Photo Scandal Would Be Leading News"

WATCH: Is MSNBC Trying to Minimize Strong Job Growth Stats With Video of Burger Flipping?


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Despite the recently-concluded Federal government shutdown, the U.S. economy added 304,000 jobs in the month of January — topping expectations by a significant amount. MSNBC, however, seemed to downplay the positive stats by showing stock footage of McDonald’s employees at work in the fast food chain’s kitchen — while teasing a segment discussing the numbers. “New numbers show job growth picked up for the 100th consecutive month,” said MSNBC anchor Yasmin Vossoughian over the footage. “But not all the news is good on this.”

After a commercial, Vossoughian threw to Ali Velshi for a breakdown of the numbers. Velshi went on to tout the statistics as mostly strong — with the .5 percent uptick in U-6 unemployment, a statistic which includes longer-term unemployment, being the one notable cause for concern. Velshi also looked at the industries in which jobs were created. “Seventy-four thousand in construction, 52,000 in healthcare, Continue reading "WATCH: Is MSNBC Trying to Minimize Strong Job Growth Stats With Video of Burger Flipping?"

Stephanie Ruhle on Democrats Running for 2020 Election: ‘I Think About All the Wasted Money’


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MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle expressed skepticism this morning over a large number of Democratic candidates running for the presidency in 202o, calling it a potential waste of money. “Such a crowded field. Do you think that’s a good or bad thing for Democrats?” Ruhle asked former New Jersey Governor Christie Todd Whitman (R) during a panel. Officially nine Democratic candidates are running for reelection, with about 20 who have expressed interest in running, and one who has already dropped out. Whitman said the crowd of candidates can’t be a good thing for Democrats, just as it wasn’t a good thing for Republicans in 2016. “It’s nice to have the diversity,” said Whitman. “It is good to see so many people wanting to engage, and who are really motivated by what’s gone on the last three years. So that part is healthy but I think it could be a problem Continue reading "Stephanie Ruhle on Democrats Running for 2020 Election: ‘I Think About All the Wasted Money’"

GOP Strategist Explains Trump’s ‘Disturbing’ Private Meetings With Putin: He ‘Does Not Trust His Own Staff’


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Morning Joe discussed President Donald Trump‘s conversation tactics with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday, and a Republican panelist suggested Trump doesn’t trust his own staff. “Why is it that the translator’s never from the American side,” asked host Joe Scarborough, regarding the president’s meetings with Putin. “Why is it that if there’s to be one translator, always a translator for Vladimir Putin but never a translator for the American side?” Republican strategist Susan Del Percio responded she didn’t think Trump trusted his personnel to accurately and honestly translate his words from English to Russian. “President Trump does not trust the Intel community, he does not trust his own staff,” said Del Percio. “I mean, this goes back to Jared Kushner wanting to back channel with the Russians right after the election. This is something he’s always wanted to have, as an open line of communication.” Continue reading "GOP Strategist Explains Trump’s ‘Disturbing’ Private Meetings With Putin: He ‘Does Not Trust His Own Staff’"

MSNBC Guest Rips Roger Stone for Saying He’s Facing a ‘Legal Lynching’: He Should Learn About Actual Lynching


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After Roger Stone suggested his indictment in Robert Mueller’s probe is a present day “lynching,” NYU law professor Melissa Murray suggested that he and other Republicans who throw around that term should learn about “the lynchings and violence” African-Americans face in the south. “This is a lynching,” Stone began today, during an appearance on Infowars with Alex Jones tdaoy. “This is a legal lynching of me, because I appear on Infowars, because I’m friends with Alex Jones, because I support Donald Trump and I supported him for president, and I still support him, because I helped take down the evil queen, the foul-mouthed, short-tempered, self-centered clepto-cat Hillary Clinton.” Murray responded to Stone’s hyperbolic claim by telling the following to MSNBC’s Ari Melber:
“So lynching, this is straight out of the GOP playbook. Anytime anyone runs into hot water, it’s a ‘high-tech lynching,’ it’s a ‘legal lynching.’ These people Continue reading "MSNBC Guest Rips Roger Stone for Saying He’s Facing a ‘Legal Lynching’: He Should Learn About Actual Lynching"

Jerome Corsi Sells Out Roger Stone: After Access Hollywood Tape, He Tried to Get WikiLeaks to Release Emails


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Jerome Corsi has been dubbed “Judas” by Roger Stone — after having served as a Stone associate. Monday night on MSNBC, Corsi made a claim that is only likely to make Stone apply the Judas moniker to him even more. Appearing on The Beat with Ari Melber, Corsi claimed that Stone called him on the day the Access Hollywood tape featuring President Donald Trump was released. In the call, according to Corsi, Stone articulated his desire to have WikiLeaks release emails from former Hillary Clinton campaign chair John Podesta. “I had one call from Roger, as I recall it —- Roger disputes this —- on the day that WikiLeaks did begin in October dropping the final emails on John Podesta,” Corsi said, “In which Roger was essentially saying, ‘We’ve got this timing issue because the Billy Bush tape is going to be released, and we’d like to have Assange begin Continue reading "Jerome Corsi Sells Out Roger Stone: After Access Hollywood Tape, He Tried to Get WikiLeaks to Release Emails"

GOP Strategist on Wall Negotiations: Trump is ‘Weak, Isolated and Impotent’


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On MSNBC on Monday, anchor Stephanie Ruhle spoke with New York Democrat Christine Quinn, and Republican strategist Evan Siegfried about wall funding, and whether there might be a compromise in the next three weeks. Ruhle began with the premise that President Donald Trump isn’t being much of a deal-maker, and Siegfried took it up several notches from there. Ruhle said that in 18 days Trump will “be clowned” if a bipartisan group comes to him with a ready compromise, turning to Siegfried for comment. “He’s been a clown since day one in the White House,” Siegfried began. “Okay but that’s irrelevant,” said Ruhle. “I think that you’re seeing, he’s always going out and playing toward his base, and it’s what his base cares about. He’s never tried to govern toward the middle or even to try to win over some Democrats,” he said. “I don’t know where he comes Continue reading "GOP Strategist on Wall Negotiations: Trump is ‘Weak, Isolated and Impotent’"