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Dem Sen. Mazie Hirono: Justices Gorsuch, Alito, and Thomas Are “Three Horsemen Of The Apocalypse”


On MSNBC Monday afternoon, Hawaii Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono weighed in on today's Supreme Court decision reinstating a version of President Trump's mideastern travel ban. She said the conservative justices who made it happen were the "three horsemen of the apocalypse" on a trend towards "extremism." "I'm not surprised Gorsuch is in there with Thomas and Alito," she added. "They're waiting for the fourth one to come along," Hirono said, possibly referencing rumors that mostly moderate Justice Kennedy might be about to retire, giving another seat to someone from President Trump's list of conservative judges.

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Elise Jordan To Republicans: Defending Trump Like “Hugging A Suicide Bomber”


Republican consultant Elise Jordan expressed her disappointment that President Trump wasted "the country's collective time" by never having tapes of conversations with James Comey. Thursday afternoon on MSNBC, Jordan said defending the president is equivalent to "hugging a suicide bomber." "He wasted the country's collective time speculating over whether these tapes existed or not. It's a sad day when you cannot depend on the president's word. And my advice would just be to Republicans who do cozy up to him. It's like hugging a suicide bomber. He blows you up in the process with him," the MSNBC political analyst said.

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Rep. Dingell: If Democrats Can’t “Become ‘We’ Again” We Will Keep Losing


Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) spoke with MSNBC's Craig Melvin on Wednesday about the fracturing of the Democratic Party. "We've got to get our acts together,†she said. "We've become this identity politics – the Women's Caucus, the Black Caucus, the Hispanic Caucus… We've lost sense of 'we.'" She continued: "Sometimes I don't feel like I belong in any of the little different caucuses, but I am proud Democrat who was sent here to represent the working men and women of my district… We are forgetting that our strength comes in being ‘we,' all of us coming together." "What matters is that we got to stand for issues and fight for them," she said. The MSNBC host followed up, asking: "It sounds like you think that identity politics have sort of hijacked the party?" "I am very concerned that that is what's happening," the Michigan Deocrats continued. "We are forgetting that our strength comes in being 'we,' all of us coming together. And if we don't figure out how we become we again then we're going to keep losing." Related article: One Democrat knew Trump would win. Now she struggles to find a place in her own party.

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Sen. Corker on Syria: “We Have A Brewing Conflict That Could Spill Over”


On Tuesday's edition of MSNBC's 'Morning Joe,' Sen. Bob Corker discussed the dangerous situation in Syria. EUGENE ROBINSON, "THE WASHINGTON POST": Senator, the other day we saw U.S. forces shoot down a Syrian warplane. We've heard the Russians threaten to shoot down U.S. warplanes. What does all this mean in terms of our involvement in Syria and the relationship with Russia? CORKER: Great question, Gene. We're today, you know, taking out the AUMF again and we're beginning hearings. It's my goal to actually take action on this at some point. We want to make sure we do it in the appropriate way. But we're right on the fringes, aren't we, where, in essence, we have U.S. troops there that are helping facilitate the SDC go into Raqqa and we've got the Syrian forces, who are infringing upon that. And we took them out as we should. And so we're right on the edge of that, aren't we, where we actually have a brewing conflict that could spill over into actions between us and the Syrian regime. That definitely is not authorized. And, again, it's my hope that this is going to simmer — or cool down and not lead to any further conflict. But, look, I support what the U.S. has done to protect the SDC, which is going in against Raqqa, people that we have armed, people that we have helped train. And, yet, we're in a place that, again, I hope will cool down before it gets into further complications.

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Rep. Mo Brooks: Senate Republicans Have Empowered Democratic Minority To Block Everything We Want To Do; “Hamstrings Us”


FNC's Maria Bartiromo asks Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) about what will happen to the House health care reform bill in the Senate: REP. MO BROOKS: I am telling you that in my judgement, in the Senate, a majority of the Republicans has empowered the minority, the Democrats, to block every single thing we want to get passed, with the exception of one bill a year — through a process called budget reconciliation. That can not cover all the things that need to be covered. That very much hamstrings us. It has been a frustration point for the House of Representatives through the entire last session of Congress, the last two years. And here we are again seeing the same thing unfolding where the U.S. Senate is allowing the minority of Democrats to block the will of the president, to block the will of the majority of the House, to block the will of the majority of the Senate, to block the will of the American voters who sent us there. The American voters need to get on the Senate, they need to get their rules changed so they can adequately address these very important problems we all as a country face… I'll be mildly surprised if we are able to get through the Senate the legislation that we promised the American people that we would pass. I'm confident the House will do its work, but I am not so confident with respect to the Senate, given their past history. And that history is to be where good legislation goes to die.

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MSNBC’s Joy Reid on Scalise: “Delicate” Situation, Because We Hope He Recovers, But Can’t Ignore His History “On Race”


MSNBC host Joy Ann Reid reacted Saturday to the attempted assassination of House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), calling it a "delicate" situation — because she hopes he recovers but cannot ignore his history of racism. JOY ANN REID, MSNBC: It's a delicate thing because everybody is wishing the congressman well and hoping that he recovers, but Steve Scalise has a history that we've all been forced to sort of ignore on race. He did come to leadership after some controversy over attending a white nationalist event, which he says he didn't know what it was. He also co-sponsored a bill to amend the Constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman. He voted for the House healthcare bill, which as you said would gut health care for millions of people, including three million children, and he co-sponsored a bill to repeal the ban on semi-automatic weapons. Because he is in jeopardy and everybody is pulling for him, are we required in a moral sense to put that aside at the moment?

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Stengel: “America First” Means “Little America First,” Trump Withdrawing Us From World


MSNBC's Rick Stengel weighs in on President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement: RICHARD STENGEL: Unfortunately, America First means Little America. An America outside of the global order. It's like how Great Britain became little England. The United States will become little America. He's withdrawing us from the world, where we lead, sometimes by sacrifice. We made great sacrifices in World War II. We started the Marshall plan. All of these things.

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Kerry: Trump’s Speech Pulling U.S. Out Of Paris Climate Deal “Fake News,” Has Put America Last


Former Secretary of State John Kerry denounced President Trump's decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord on Thursday. Kerry warned, "kids will have worse asthma in the summer" because of Trump. Kerry told NBC's Andrea Mitchell that Trump made "one of the most self-destructive moves I've ever seen by any president in my lifetime." JOHN KERRY, FMR. SECRETARY OF STATE: My immediate reaction is that it is an extraordinary abdication of American leadership, it is a shameful moment for the United States to have unilaterally walked away from an agreement which did not have one other country requiring us to do something. It was a voluntary program. We designed the program. The president was not truthful with the American people today and the president who talked about putting America first has now put America last. Together with Syria, which is in the midst of a civil war, and Nicaragua, which thought the agreement didn't go far enough. This is an extraordinary moment of fake news because the economy he described is not the economy of America. America has been gaining jobs in solar. Solar has gained 17 times the rate of our economy. There are 2.6 million jobs in our country in clean energy. Half of them are in states that Donald Trump won. So he is not helping the forgotten American. He's hurting them. Their kids will have worse asthma in the summer. They will have a harder time having economic growth. He's made us an environmental pariah in the world. And I think it is one of the most self-destructive moves I've ever seen by any president in my lifetime.

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Andrea Mitchell: No Evidence For Hillary’s “Conspiracy Theory” That Russia Must Have Had Help From “Americans”


MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell responds to Hillary Clinton's accusation that the Russians never could have known how to effectively deploy the files they stole from her campaign without help from "Americans." Mitchell, a longtime friend of the Clintons, describes this accusation as a "conspiracy theory" without evidence. "She doesn't have the evidence, but she obviously is hoping that this is what Robert Mueller and what the Congressional committee's going to do," Mitchell told MSNBC viewers. Editor's note: Clinton also accused WikiLeaks of timing the release of the first batch of John Podesta's emails to coincide with the release of the "Grab 'Em By The P***Y" tape. It should be well known for those who witnessed the events of 2016 that the WikiLeaks dump was not timed to coincide with the Access Hollywood tape, but in fact it was the other way around. It was well-known at the time that WikiLeaks was planning to dump files about the Clinton campaign 'by the end of the week.' Certain parties had been sitting on the Access Hollywood tape for more than a year, before releasing it on the Friday afternoon which ended the week in which WikiLeaks had promised to publish. For Clinton's assumption to be true, WikiLeaks must have been aware of the Access Hollywood tape before it was released, which seems impossible. On the other hand, WikiLeaks publicly stated many times that they were going to release a bombshell about the Clinton campaign, which would have served as a warning to release a counter-tape.

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