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Morgan Phillips


Digital reporter currently writing for Mediaite. Previously: Fox News, CQ Roll Call, NY1.

Thoughts on Chris Cuomo's 'Fredo' Bar Fight... And His Gigantic Biceps

Earlier this week, CNN's Chris Cuomo made himself the butt of many a joke when he threatened to "fucking ruin" someone's "shit" for calling him "Fredo," the turncoat brother in the classic The Godfather. This isn't the first time the news anchor has shown off the "bro-y" side of his persona, but it is the first time it could be seen as anything other than harmless.

US Budget Deficit Increases Almost 1/3 Over Last Year

The US budget deficit has increased another $119.7 billion, which is 27% higher than it was this time one year ago, according to CNBC. Government spending increased 22.8% whereas revenue increased 11.6%. This brings the fiscal year deficit to $866.8 billion, a year and a half after President Donald Trump's $1.5 trillion tax cut which he said would pay for itself.

07/10/2019 Recent Rise Reportedly Has Concerned

It's no secret that Fox News regularly and significantly outpaces CNN in television viewers, but CNN has reportedly become highly concerned with ensuring that Fox News does not also beat them on the digital side.

Tulsi Gabbard Snaps Over Assad Questions

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard snapped at MSNBC anchor Yasmin Vossoughian for asking about her meeting with Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad during an interview on Thursday. The intense questioning from the MSNBC host came after Sen. Kamala Harris called out Gabbard's visit to Syria after their clash during CNN's debate on Wednesday night.

Senate Republicans Sick of Talking About Trump Tweets

The Lower Health Care Costs Act includes patent transparency that requires companies to provide earlier and broader disclosure of the patents that protect some of the most expensive drugs on the market. This would make it easier for competitors to plan for the development of these drugs and be able to list their own version.

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The Price of Voting Against the Iraq War

The five decade-long tradition of Duncan family dominance in Tennessee's 2nd District will end with the 115th Congress. With an ethics probe clouding his legacy and retirement closing in, Rep. John J. Duncan Jr. looked back to another time he thought his career might be ending.

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Goodlatte Family Feud Not the First to Befuddle Congress

When Bobby Goodlatte, son of the Virginia congressman by the same name, spoke out this week in defiance of his father, it struck some as odd. But it wasn't the first family feud to play out in Congress. Here are a few of the ones we've seen this year: Things got a little awkward for retiring Republican Rep.

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Senate Democrats Urge Trump Administration to Stop 'Ghost Guns'

UPDATED 6:55 p.m. | With the clock ticking toward the release of publishable blueprints of 3D-printed guns, Democrats held a press conference Tuesday in a last-ditch effort to implore the White House to stop it. As of Wednesday, nonprofit Defense Distributed will publish on its website instructions to build a 3D plastic gun named the Liberator.

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U.S. May Fall Behind on Space Research, Lawmakers Warn

Already in the midst of a trade war with China, some lawmakers worry that the United States may lose to China in another realm - space innovation. A Space, Science, and Competitiveness Subcommittee hearing this week focused on the possible implications of turning the United States' stake in the International Space Station over to private industry.

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