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Greg Sargent
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happy hour with
Happy Hour: https://t.co/t0dRSQOAJr with @thamburger @fdwilkinson @martinmatishak @atrupar @JWVerret @EricBoehlert @amieparnes @ShaneGoldmacher @JRubinBlogger @NateSilver538 @helaineolen @heyydnae
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Greg Sargent
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the trump administration s pretext for rigging the census is kind of like jack the ripper saying the reason he
The Trump administration's pretext for rigging the Census is "kind of like Jack the Ripper saying the reason he carries a knife is so he can protect women."

Read @paulwaldman1 on why it looks like the administration's rigging effort may succeed:

https://t.co/Fh9fvojwKv
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Greg Sargent
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george conway case for trump s impeachment better than nixon s
George Conway: Case for Trump's impeachment better than Nixon's https://t.co/BNeIG5IWV9
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Greg Sargent
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this is a bad set of developments
This is a bad set of developments:

https://t.co/UIOS0tB1u6
Greg Sargent
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trump s strategy to put himself above the law and accountability resist any and all oversight place faith in s
Trump's strategy to put himself above the law and accountability: Resist any and all oversight; place faith in SCOTUS; run out the clock. Via @paulwaldman1:

https://t.co/rqXVTV5JmK
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Greg Sargent
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in the last day trump and the wh have instructed official not to comply w subpoena on security clearances laun
In the last day, Trump and the WH have:

* Instructed official not to comply w/subpoena on security clearances

* Launched lawsuit to block Ds from accessing his finances

* Signaled refusal to turn over tax returns, violating law

Total War time, Dems:

https://t.co/rnypwdSWLa
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Greg Sargent
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that lets repubs declare that the question of whether trump s misconduct merits impeachment never mind convict
That lets Repubs declare that the question of *whether* Trump's misconduct merits impeachment (never mind conviction/removal) will not receive any serious institutional effort to answer, simply because *they* will never engage that question in good faith. That can't be okay. 2/2
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Greg Sargent
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the notion that we can t impeach if republicans won t give it their blessing in advance is very problematic it
The notion that "we can't impeach if Republicans won't give it their blessing in advance" is very problematic.

It gives Republicans total veto power over even the preliminary decision of launching an impeachment *inquiry.*

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Greg Sargent
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look trump was never going to get indicted or removed we can t redefining trump winning as avoiding those thin
@jansenpark2 Look, Trump was never going to get indicted or removed. We can't redefining Trump "winning " as avoiding those things. The question is how much of Trump can be exposed right now, and the Mueller report was a pretty big step in the right direction. More can happen now.
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Greg Sargent
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1 as trump ends the year with a flood of lies about his wall we need to recapture a core truth about this pres
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*
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Greg Sargent
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1 this is extraordinary sinclair is now reportedly requiring dozens of local stations to air a segment that de
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*
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Greg Sargent
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narratives that just died african americans won t turn out trump s formidable last minute entry will swing ele
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
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Greg Sargent
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in light of blockbuster revelations about trump and russia it s time to intensify scrutiny of mcconnell s role
In light of blockbuster revelations about Trump and Russia, it's time to intensify scrutiny of McConnell's role:

* Refused united front against Russian interference

* Scuttled efforts to protect Mueller

* Won't hold votes to reopen govt

My new piece:

https://t.co/VIYmN63wRE
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Greg Sargent
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as wapo reported top obama officials asked mcconnell to show a united front against russian sabotage but mccon
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: https://t.co/D7y0jf4xzt
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Greg Sargent
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unreal wh limits scope of fbi probe to complicate effort to place mark judge at safeway that summer which coul
Unreal. WH limits scope of FBI probe to complicate effort to place Mark Judge at Safeway that summer, which could bolster Christine Ford's credibility, NBC reports.

Also off limits: Examining Kav's account of his drinking. is getting scammed:

https://t.co/yD8wmsNMQu
Greg Sargent
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we are numb to this but here the president of the united states is amplifying calls to jail us law enforcement
We are numb to this, but here the President of the United States is amplifying calls to jail U.S. law enforcement officials who are investigating a foreign power's sabotaging of our election on his behalf. https://t.co/oGUTx1mGEp
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Greg Sargent
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new post abc poll 53 of americans blame trump and republicans for the shutdown versus only 29 who blame democr
New Post/ABC poll:

53% of Americans blame Trump and Republicans for the shutdown, versus only 29% who blame Democrats.

Importantly, among independents it's 53-23 (!)

54% oppose the wall, versus only 42% who support it.

Trump lost the argument.

https://t.co/6rMFFSJ7g0
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Greg Sargent
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congress has a duty to provide a beacon of principle and democratic values to the american people it must pick
"Congress has a duty to provide a beacon of principle and democratic values to the American people. It must pick up the baton Mueller has offered and come to a judgment of its own."

@tribelaw, who had warned against impeachment, now calls for an inquiry:

https://t.co/LrJ6gizfSy
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Greg Sargent
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scoop mark judge s girlfriend is prepared to speak to fbi about what judge told her about group sex episodes a
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Mark Judge's girlfriend is prepared to speak to FBI about what Judge told her about group sex episodes as part of a renewed background check investigation, her lawyer has informed the Judiciary Committee.

I've obtained the letter to the committee:

https://t.co/Tm0coSd6MC
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