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‘Disorder and chaos’: Trump and Republicans mount furious impeachment fight

A hearing room is invaded, the presidents enemies are scum. A bare-knuckle scrap has begun but will it be enough? Donald Trump has shown little taste for military adventure. He avoided the draft in Vietnam. He fell out with his once-beloved generals. He stunned the world by pulling troops out of Syria and sand into the gears of the impeachment process. With the help of Fox News, they are set to intensify attacks on the legitimacy of the inquiry itself, demonising its leaders and sowing doubt wherever possible. The great…

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Saudi Arabia wont attack Iran. But it may pay someone else to | Nesrine Malik

The US is being fooled that it needs to rescue its ally in the Middle East, says the Guardian columnist Nesrine Malik There is a longstanding joke told in the Middle East about Saudi Arabias reluctance to fight its own wars. Saudi Arabia will fight until the last Pakistani, the punchline goes, in reference to the fact that Pakistani troops have long supported Saudis military endeavours. The punchline has expanded lately to include the child soldiers, whose deaths are handsomely compensated for with cash paid to their families back home.…

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Inside Trump’s DC hotel, where allies and lobbyists flock to peddle their interests

Fossil fuel interests, pro-gun groups, foreign delegations and all manner of allies stay at the Trump International Hotel to cozy up to the administration, say watchdogs On 25 July, the conservative Heartland Institute is slated to host a one-day meeting at the Trump International Hotel, just a few blocks from the White House. It will feature leading climate science deniers who will discuss issues like the benefits of ending the Democrats war on fossil fuels, according to the institute. Last month, as Donald Trump was kicking off his 2020 campaign…

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Democrats must just bring down Trump for the sake of the world | Robert Reich

We do not need 20 candidates having confusing fights over healthcare. We need urgent action to defeat a would-be tyrant Imagine an opposition political party in a land being taken over by an oligarchy, headed by a would-be tyrant. The tyrant and the oligarchy have convinced many voters the reason they feel powerless and economically insecure isnt because the oligarchy has taken most of the economic gains and overwhelmed the government with its money. Its because the country has been taken over by undocumented migrants, Latinos, African Americans and a…

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Were watching: Trump stokes UFO rumors during ABC News interview

Three senators had recently been briefed by the Pentagon on navy encounters with unidentified aircraft, a report said UFOs are usually the preserve of science fiction, but lately they have been enjoying a newfound status across the US, infiltrating conversation from Washington to Kansas City. Donald Trump kicked the latest round off last week when, responding to a question about the rise in reports of unidentified aircraft by US navy pilots, he revealed that he had been briefed on ABC News. They do say, and Ive seen, and Ive read,…

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US to send 1,000 more troops to Middle East, citing ‘hostile behavior’ by Iran

Tensions between countries on the rise after Washington blamed Tehran for attacks on oil tankers The US is sending an additional 1,000 troops to the Middle East in response to hostile behavior by Iranian forces and their proxy groups, Patrick Shanahan, the acting defence secretary, announced on Monday. The move further heightens tensions between the two nations. Last week Washington blamed Iran for Shanahan said in a statement. The recent Iranian attacks validate the reliable, credible intelligence we have received on hostile behavior by Iranian forces and their proxy groups…

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Kellyanne Conway violated US law and should be fired, federal watchdog says

White House spokesman says the agencys report that the counselor had violated the Hatch Act was deeply flawed A US federal watchdog is recommending that Kellyanne Conway, for repeatedly violating a law that limits political activity by government workers. Conway should be removed from federal office, the US Office of Special Counsel (OSC) announced on Thursday. The watchdog agency made its recommendation after concluding that Conway violated a US law, known as the Hatch Act, that bars government employees from engaging in political campaign activity. In a report addressed to…

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US ambassador: Israel has right to annex parts of West Bank

David Friedman gives interview to New York Times and says: Israel has right to some, but unlikely all of disputed territory The US ambassador to Israel did not rule out an Israeli move to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, land the Palestinians seek for a state, in working on a proposal for peace between Israel and the Palestinians, dubbed by Donald Trump the deal of the century. It has not disclosed any of its details. In an interview with Axios last week White House adviser Jared Kushner cast…

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Michael Cohen: Trump’s lawyer advised me to lie about Moscow tower project

Recently released transcripts of a closed-door meeting show Cohen accusing Jay Sekulow of telling him to lie to Congress Donald Trumps two transcripts of closed-door interviews with Cohen from earlier this year, along with some exhibits from the testimony. Cohen, who is serving a three-year prison sentence, transcripts of interviews with the former attorney general Loretta Lynch and several other current or former justice department officials, including many who played key roles in the Hillary Clinton email investigation. The Intelligence committee is also seeking more information about Cohens 2017 testimony…

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Extreme abortion laws shine light on Trump’s courting of religious right

Evangelical backing for a thrice-married celebrity is not as odd as it seems: on abortion, the supreme court and more, the president has delivered win after win After bowing his head in prayer, King Cyrus, deeply flawed men who nevertheless carried out Gods will. David Barker, director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at American University, suggests Christian evangelicals start with an assumption of human depravity that sets expectations low, so Trumps lying and philandering and Twitter rage and can be overlooked. Speaking at the American Enterprise Institute…

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Mueller’s Trump-Russia report to be released on Thursday

William Barr will release a redacted version of the near 400-page report to Congress and the public, spokeswoman said Special counsel Robert Muellers said. Opponents of Trump hope the report will answer longstanding questions about his ties to Russia, including what transpired at Sign up for the US morning briefing Mueller is also expected to shed light on whether, once in the White House, Trump sought to obstruct justice, for example by firing James Comey as FBI director in May 2017, when the agency was heading the Russia investigation. But…

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Trump administration moves spark fears of new immigration crackdown

Trump denies plans for big action but officials suggest otherwise, raising prospect of renewed family separations Donald Trump insiders increase in migrant arrivals. A senior official told reporters the White House was crafting a plan that would target asylum-seekers anew and possibly bring back a version of Trumps deeply unpopular policy of family separations. Under a prospective policy the administration calls binary choice, migrant parents would be forced to choose between being detained with their children in jail-like facilities or agreeing to a separation under which children would be taken…

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Enough Russia: after Mueller, it’s time for Democrats to focus on America | Cas Mudde

With this distraction finally out of the way, its time to deal with issues that the majority of the electorate actually cares about Finally, the moment has arrived. After almost two years of feverish speculation about what it might unearth, Robert Muellers special counsel investigation has come to a close. Based on what we know so far, the Mueller report is good news for the Republican party in general, and for Donald Trump in particular. But it is also good news for the country. The special counsel found no evidence…

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Melania Trump parts company with husband’s agenda in ABC interview

First lady contradicts Donald Trumps America-first doctrine and backs chain migration while defending her fashion choices First lady Melania Trump has laid out a vision of the role of the US in the world that is markedly different from her husbands America-first policy, while seemingly breaking with the presidents stance on restricting immigration. Speaking to ABCs Tom Llamas in an interview recorded in Kenya last week, Trump also said the #MeToo movement had at times gone too far. If somebody is accused with stuff that its not correct as they…

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Trump campaign claims WikiLeaks not liable for releasing hacked emails

Campaign defends site in legal filing that departs from US policy, addressing questions central to Robert Muellers Russia inquiry The Trump campaign argued in a legal filing that WikiLeaks could not be held liable for publishing emails that were stolen by Russian hackers ahead of the 2016 US election because the website was simply serving as a passive publishing platform on behalf of a third party, in the same way as Google or Facebook. Questions about WikiLeaks publication of thousands of hacked emails, which it allegedly obtained following a plot…

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