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CNN’s Don Lemon to Media: If Trump Doesn’t Answer Our Questions, You Have To Follow Up


CNN's Don Lemon says he is surprised that it appears White House correspondent Jim Acosta is the only one "standing up" to the Trump administration. Earlier today, Acosta repeatedly interrupted the White House press briefing to try to get the cameras turned back on. "They're the American peoples' cameras, not the White House's cameras," he said. "Someone has to take a stand and turn the cameras on and see what the ramifications are, becuase they can't kick everybody out… I can't believe that people aren't standing up." While there was no video, the full unedited audio of today's press briefing streamed live and is available for replay below:

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Dem Sen. Markey Misses ‘Travel Ban’ Details: “If You Are Muslim, You Cannot Come To The United States”


In a Monday morning appearance on CNN, Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) expressed "disappointment" that the Supreme Court did not issue a ruling saying that "a Muslim ban in and of itself is unconstitutional." "It goes right to the heart of the Statue of Liberty staring at the Trump Tower in New York City every single day," he said, "In terms of what it stands for." Editor's note The Supreme Court never had an opportunity to rule on whether a complete 'Muslim ban' would be unconstitutional, because one was never proposed. President Trump's 'travel ban' is not a ban on all Muslims only people from six mideastern countries. The Supreme Court has also carved out exceptions for anyone with a tangible connection to U.S. persons or institutions. Also, the text written on the Statue of Liberty is not legally binding. "It still doesn't deal with this fundamental flaw with the Trump order, which is, at its heart, it is a Muslim ban," Markey said about the Court's exceptions. "It says to all refugees: If you are Muslims, you cannot come to the U.S. of America, regardless of the reason why you are turning into a refugee."

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Rahm Emanuel: Republicans In Congress Aren’t “Up To Speed” With Trump’s Base


Sunday on CNN's 'Fareed Zakaria GPS' Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Republicans in Congress do not understand President Trump's base. He also explained the Democrats plans for 2018 and 2020 — to accuse Republicans of being a "blank check" for President Trump.

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Kasich: Neither Party Cares About Poor People; Congress “Cowering” On Health Care


Ohio Gov. John Kasich tells CNN's Dana Bash that both parties "cower in the wings because of partisanship" while considering the GOP health care bill. Full interview: JOHN KASICH: Dana, this is the 21st century, and this is the craziest time I have ever seen in politics. And maybe this is a signal that, instead of people just confessing their loyalty to one party or the other, maybe they ought to be confessing their loyalty to the country. And, look, I have been attacked all of my career. And the fact is, is that you have got to stand up on your own two feet, explain how you feel about things and be a leader. I don't think we have enough leadership. I think there are too many people that cower in the wings because of partisanship, not just Republicans, Democrats as well. If you try to get a great number of governors, Republican or Democrat, to speak out on this, where are they? All you hear are crickets and chirping, because they're worried about upsetting their base. Dana, the problem we have in the country today is… BASH: Or getting — or getting ads run against them like that. KASICH: Pardon? BASH: Or having ads… KASICH: Well, I mean, so what? Then get — if you can't take a fastball on the inside, get out of politics. If you can't take a pitch thrown at you, and you can't get out of the batter's box, quit. Don't — don't — don't whine. And I don't think Senator Heller is whining. But I also want to say that not only Heller, but Sandoval, Brian Sandoval, is a great governor. His popularity is sky-high in Nevada. And you know what he's saying? I'm worried about poor people. You know what? Both parties, both parties ought to be worried about poor people, because I don't think either party particularly cares about helping poor people. You look at the rates of poverty, you look at the problems in this country, we have not designed a system to get people work. Everything we're talking about now, getting people healthy, giving them health care, is designed to get them to work. It's designed to give them an opportunity to have a better life. This is not some kind of a welfare system. This is a — look, if you're sick and you're hungry, you don't work. If you're healthy and you're fed, you can get a job.

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HHS Secretary Tom Price: Senate Health Bill “Would Not Pull The Rug Out From Under Anybody”


Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price pitched the Senate Republican health care reform bill on CNN's 'State of the Union' Sunday morning. "What I'm telling you is the system, the plan that we would put in place, would not allow individuals to fall through the cracks," Price told CNN's Dana Bash. "We would not pull the rug out from under anybody. We would not have individuals lose coverage that they want for themselves and for their family. We want to make certain that health care is available to all Americans. Right now we have 28 million Americans who are uninsured. Is that a plan that works for patients? That's the kind of thing we're trying to fix."

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Rep. Adam Schiff: Obama “Made Serious Mistakes” Dealing With Russian Election Interference


Ranking member of the House intelligence committee joins CNN's Dana Bash to discuss the latest developments in the Russia investigation. He said the Obama administration should have done more to counter Russian meddling in the 2016 election, saying allowing it to happen was "a very serious mistake." "The American people needed to know, and I didn't think it was enough to tell them after the election, but rather given the seriousness of this, I think the administration needed to call out Russia earlier and needed to act to deter and punish Russia earlier," the California Democrat said on CNN's 'State of the Union.' "And I think that was a very serious mistake." He said Obama was concerned about "being perceived as interfering in the election, trying to tip the scales for Hillary Clinton" and "they were concerned about not want to play into the narrative that Donald Trump was telling, that the election was going to be rigged, even though Donald Trump was talking about a completely different kind of rigging than foreign intervention," Mr. Schiff said. "But both of those factors did not outweigh in my view, and I argued this at the time, did not outweigh the public's need to know," he said.

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Rand Paul: “Federal Government Shouldn’t Be Giving Insurance Companies Any Money”


Sen. Rand Paul joins CNN's Wolf Blitzer to discuss warrantless spying on American citizens, and his stand opposing the Senate Republicans' health care plan. Sen. Paul is one of four GOP senators who have come out against the current form of the bill. "It is not going to win any Pullitzer prizes for reading, I'll tell you that," Sen. Paul said about the bill. "I'm about a third of the way through it, I should finish it this weekend. But you know, I proposed all along we should have a read the bills act that says for every 20 pages of text there should be… one working day… to read it. We need more time to be able to get through it. It is not a matter of just reading it. It cross references other places in the [legal] code. It takes a while. We have half a dozen people or more in my office going through it. I just got it this morning, and it is not easy reading." Paul also responds to this tweet that his opposition to government controlled health care is being used by the GOP establishment to corral support for the bill: Senate will try to follow House script. 1/ Senate Rs act concerned, 2/ pass meaningless amendments, 3/ claim bill is fixed, 4/ fall in line.— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) June 22, 2017 "My opposition has been principled," Paul said in response. "In the sense that I think the marketplace works better. I think freedom works better than coersion." "I think the federal government shouldn't be giving any money to insurance companies. The insurance companies made $15 billion in profits last year. The new Republican bill will give them $110 billion to 'bring down prices.' That is a ludicrous economic theory." "We're going to subsidize the cost to bring it down — we're ignoring the fact that our annual budget is $500 billion in debt. How are we going to pay for all this new spending?"

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Debbie Wasserman Schultz: FBI “Did Virutally Nothing” To Help DNC After Hack; Never Asked For Servers


Former DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz says former Obama administration DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson was "misinformed" when he testified yesterday that the DNC rebuked offers of help from the FBI when they were allegedly hacked in 2016. Wasserman Schultz says the U.S. intelligence community did nothing to help them, never asked for their servers, and let the Russians own the DNC network for more than a year.

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Debbie Wasserman Schultz: FBI “Did Virtually Nothing” To Help DNC After Hack; Never Asked For Servers


Former DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz says former Obama administration DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson was "misinformed" when he testified yesterday that the DNC rebuked offers of help from the FBI when they were allegedly hacked in 2016. Wasserman Schultz says the U.S. intelligence community did nothing to help them, never asked for their servers, and let the Russians own the DNC network for more than a year.

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