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Incredibly, the White House response says Trump's own words "exonerate" him! The only correct response to this is to laugh in their faces.

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"The Trump/GOP defense relies on neutral media portraying what’s to come as 'partisan combat,' without clearly conveying that one side’s narrative has been entirely fabricated for purely instrumental purposes."

This is awkward. Robert Ray, new member of Trump's impeachment defense team, in December: "Contempt of Congress is illegal." That and much more on Trump's new Fox News defense lineup, from @paulwaldman1  and me:

@SpursFan89  @alvysingertwittI 'd be fine with that! But Trump and McConnell won't go for it, because preventing Mulvaney/Bolton is their single most overriding objective, which they can't allow even if they were to get Biden in exchange.


1) As Trump ends the year with a flood of lies about his wall, we need to recapture a core truth about this presidency. Trump isn't “twisting the truth” or “stubbornly refusing to admit error.” Trump is engaged in *disinformation.* This is a different thing entirely. *THREAD*

McConnell's vow of a rigged trial gives Dems an opening. They can try to force votes on fairer rules, and call for admission of new evidence, putting vulnerable Rs in a tough spot. Expert@mollyereynolds  helps explain the process. @paulwaldman1  and me:

1) This is extraordinary. Sinclair is now reportedly requiring dozens of local stations to air a segment that defends the tear-gassing of migrants and describes them as an “invasion of our country.” I’m not sure we’ve figured out how to conceptualize this adequately. *THREAD*

This is really something. @RepAdamSchiff  said on CBS today that the Director of National Intelligence has told the Intel Committee that he was instructed not to turn over the whistleblower's complaint by a "higher authority":

It's time for Democrats to let go of the idea that Trump's GOP defenders can be *shamed* into acknowledging Trump's criminality. We need a deep reset. It's time to rhetorically treat Trump's defenders like his *criminal accomplices.* My new piece:

Narratives that just died: -- African Americans won't turn out -- Trump's formidable last minute entry will swing election -- Pro-choice stance doomed Jones -- Bannon's use of Nazi/Soviet propaganda techniques was fiendishly brilliant

Wow. The President of the United States just confirmed that he directly informed Vladimir Putin that he is not accepting the Mueller report's conclusion that Russia interfered in our 2016 election in "sweeping and systematic" fashion. That seems problematic.

As WaPo reported, top Obama officials asked McConnell to show a united front against Russian sabotage. But McConnell refused, claiming "he would consider any effort by the White House to challenge the Russians publicly an act of partisan politics.” It's time to revisit that: