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CONSERVATIVE MPs have revolted against the Prime Minister after she deflected from Brexit chaos and attempted to blame them

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Here are 10 questions that remain unanswered in the Russia probe



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By Chuck Todd, Mark Murray and Carrie Dann

WASHINGTON — There are two things on many minds in Washington today.

One is the NCAA basketball tournament (which begins this afternoon). And two is the POSSIBLE release of the Mueller report (which has many reporters and pundits on active watch — though we’ve been here before).

The president of the United States sure has been acting like someone who thinks something might be coming on the Mueller front — given his tweets about the special counsel, his bizarre feud with George Conway and his even stranger beef with the late John McCain (over the Steele dossier).

And if the Mueller report is coming out soon, here are our 10 questions we hope the special counsel will answer:

  1. Will anyone else be charged for allegedly not telling the truth to Congress (Donald Trump Jr., Erik Prince)?
  2. Was there kompromat? Was President Donald Trump compromised by his business dealings with Russia (including the Trump Tower Moscow)?
  3. Did Paul Manafort really share 2016 polling data with Konstantin Kilimnik (who has ties to Russian intelligence)? And if so, what did Kilimnik do with it?
  4. Who at the Trump campaign directed Roger Stone to get information about upcoming WikiLeaks disclosures against the Clinton campaign?
  5. Did anyone in Trump’s orbit help WikiLeaks analyze/organize/curate its email dumps?
  6. Did Trump know about the June 9, 2016 Trump Tower meeting with a Kremlin-connected lawyer? And when did he know it?
  7. Do Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates fit into this investigation?
  8. What about the NRA?
  9. Will the president of the United States be subpoenaed?
  10. Why has the president — throughout it all — obfuscated, attacked and misdirected as much as he has? In other words, why has he acted like somebody who has something to hide?

How Trump has worn down the GOP

As for Trump’s beef with the late John McCain, GOP reactions like Sen. Johnny Isakson’s, R-Ga., are the exception. (“It’s deplorable what he said,” Isakson said of Trump.)

The more standard response has been from the likes of Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. — pain and acceptance.

“I think the president’s comments about Sen. McCain hurt him more than they hurt the legacy of Sen. McCain,” Graham said in South Carolina yesterday, per NBC’s Frank Thorp. “I’m going to try to continue to help the president.”

More Graham: “I’ve gotten to know the president, we have a good working relationship, I like him, I don’t like it when he says things about my friend John McCain.”

And: “A lot of people are coming to John’s defense now that called him crazy and a war-mongerer, so it’s kind of interesting to see the politics of how this dispute’s being used to bash Trump by people who were against both Trump and McCain.”

If you wanted an example of how Trump has worn down the GOP, this is it.

Talking about foreign interference in an election

The White House announced yesterday that Trump will host Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu next week in Washington (March 25-26).

Why that meeting is raising eyebrows: Netanyahu’s re-election is two weeks later, on April 9.

It is unprecedented for an American president to be playing as active a role in a foreign election as Trump is for Netanyahu, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell observes.

And embracing Trump is a good political bet for Netanyahu in his race against Benny Gantz. The American president is popular in Israel — due to the move of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem and the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal.

Netanyahu’s upcoming to visit isn’t the only example of how Trump and the GOP are trying to help the prime minister in his upcoming election.

The U.S. Secretary of State has been showering praise on Netanyahu while in Israel; Lindsey Graham did the same earlier this month.

2020 Vision: Beto’s blitz

Beto O’Rourke has been an official candidate in the 2020 race for one whole week now. (It seems longer than that, right?)

And in those seven days, O’Rourke has campaigned in Iowa (three days), Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire (where he’s been since Tuesday night).

The expectation is that he will keep this pace going for the foreseeable future. Can the rest of the Democratic field keep up?

Not having a day job + not having to hold fundraising events (with the small-dollar donors giving money to his campaign) = a lot of time to spend on the campaign trail.

On the campaign trail today

Beto O’Rourke continues to stump in New Hampshire, hitting Portsmouth, Manchester and Laconia … Tulsi Gabbard also is in the Granite State … And Howard Schultz holds events in Colorado.

Tweet of the day

Data Download: The number of the day is … within the margin of error.

Within the margin of error.

That’s the context that Bernie Sanders left out when he tweeted poll results from Emerson College yesterday showing him with 51 percent to Trump’s 49 percent in a head-to-head contest.

“@realDonaldTrump, take note. The American people will no longer tolerate a government which only works for the billionaires and massive corporations,” he tweeted.

First of all, that’s not a clear lead, it’s a tossup race against a president who — in the same poll — also only had a 43 percent approval rating. Is that really a fact worth highlighting?

Second, the same poll also showed similar head-to-head margins against Trump for *nearly* every other possible Democratic contender.

And third, there was one clear Democrat in the poll who did appear to have a general election lead against Trump — but it wasn’t Sanders. Joe Biden was the only Democrat leading Trump outside the margin of error, with 55 percent to Trump’s 45 percent.

Note: Emerson College’s polling methodology generally doesn’t meet the standards of NBC News.

The Lid: School Daze

Don’t miss the pod from yesterday, when we looked at something that Americans actually agree on, regardless of party! (Spoiler alert: It’s about the college admissions process.)

ICYMI: News clips you shouldn’t miss

New Zealand is banning military-style rifles six days after the mosque attacks in Christchurch.

American Bridge is launching a $50 million plan to target Trump among white working-class voters in the Midwest.

Charles Kushner has an op-ed in the Washington Post defending his family and its business.

New data from Navigator Research shows just how different Fox News-viewing Republicans are than everyone else.

But how will Rupert Murdoch’s son — now the leader of Fox Corp. — deal with Trump?

Other news that’s out there…

Trump agenda: Ignore and move on

Companies are learning to ignore Trump’s Twitter targeting.

The Trump administration is rolling out its new policy of requiring asylum seekers to stay in Mexico while awaiting court hearings.

The Pentagon has opened an investigation into its acting secretary’s alleged promotion of Boeing, his former employer.

To fund his ticket’s re-election, Mike Pence is going after donors who have been outspoken against Trump.

Clarence Thomas broke his three-year silence during arguments at the Supreme Court.

Trump wants Robert Kraft to come to the White House for a celebration of his team’s Super Bowl win despite his involvement in a prostitution bust.

Yet more polling shows a public that’s at least partly confident in the Mueller probe.

2020: Kamala’s play for the Lone Star State

Kamala Harris is making a play for delegates in Texas.

Our own Ben Kamisar checked in with Mike Gravel.

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‘I’m not being asked to choose’



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By Allan Smith

The public spat between President Donald Trump and his counselor Kellyanne Conway’s husband entered its third day on Thursday with her telling Fox Business Network that it’s “unlike” her husband to be so public with his criticism.

“George Conway also has been very critical of the president publicly, which is unlike him because he’s traditionally been a very private person,” Conway said. “In 2016, which was known as the ‘year of the tweet,’ George Conway sent exactly zero tweets. So this is new. And what is also new is not supporting the agenda of the president and my work there.”

“I’m not being asked to choose between my marriage and my job,” she later added.

George Conway, meanwhile, spent Thursday morning blasting the president, saying he is “the worst kind of dumb.”

“He lies even when it makes no sense to lie,” George Conway tweeted. “As one of his lawyers once told me, Trump couldn’t be allowed to talk to [special counsel Robert] Mueller because ‘he’d lie his ass off.'”

The feud began soon after George Conway, a critic of Trump’s actions and policies for some time, started to question the president’s mental health. On Sunday night, following a weekend in which Trump took to Twitter to blast deceased GOP Sen. John McCain, made demands of General Motors and Fox News and complained about a “Saturday Night Live” rerun, among other topics, George Conway tweeted: “His condition is getting worse.”

Trump has since said the conservative attorney, who was once under consideration for a top Department of Justice job, is “a total loser,” a “whack job” and the “husband from hell,” calling him “Mr. Kellyanne Conway.”

George Conway responded to Trump’s “husband from hell” comment, saying, “You. Are. Nuts.”

Kellyanne Conway provided an initial response to the back-and-forth on Wednesday, telling Politico that the president was within his right to blast her husband.

“He left it alone for months out of respect for me,” she said. “But you think he shouldn’t respond when somebody, a non-medical professional accuses him of having a mental disorder? You think he should just take that sitting down?”

“Don’t play psychiatrist any more than George should be,” she added. “You’re not a psychiatrist, and he’s not, respectfully.”

The Washington Post reported last year that, in fact, George Conway introduced his wife to Trump back in the early 2000s. Kellyanne Conway, after serving as Trump’s campaign manager in 2016, was named counselor to the president later that year. Her husband was also reportedly under consideration for a job at Trump’s Department of Justice, but said in a June 2017 statement that he was withdrawing himself from consideration. He’s of counsel in the litigation department of the New York firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen and Katz.

On Monday, George Conway highlighted pages from the American Psychiatric Association’s “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders” that included the criteria for “narcissistic personality disorder” and “antisocial personality disorder.”

“Congratulations!” he said Tuesday in response to Trump’s initial attack. “You just guaranteed that millions of more people are going to learn about narcissistic personality disorder and malignant narcissism! Great job!”

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