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Monday, February 18, 2019

Waging War On US Intelligence, Trump Abuses Declassification Process

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.

In a move described as “stunning,” “unprecedented,” and “corrupt,” the White House announced on Monday that Trump had ordered the declassification of highly sensitive materials from the Russia probe so they can be weaponized and used in the ongoing effort by Trump and his allies to undermine a national security investigation for political purposes.

According to a White House statement, Trump directed the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), the Department of Justice, and the FBI to release selective portions of the classified Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) application that allowed the FBI to monitor former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.…

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White House Officials Fear President Is ‘Mentally Unraveling’

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

In a new interview published Tuesday by Slate, Dr. Brandi Lee, a psychiatrist who put together a book of essays on President Donald Trump’s mental health, discussed the fact that two White House officials separately called her to discuss their concerns about the president.

“[They] called me, two separate phone calls, stating essentially the same thing: that they were scared of President Trump’s behavior and felt he was mentally unraveling,” she said. “Once I was assured that they did not feel themselves in imminent danger, I told them I could not take any more information, but rather, needed to refer them to the emergency room.”

She also made clear that it wasn’t as a policy matter that they thought Trump was dangerous — though many could make that case.…

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Surfing That Blue Wave: A Democrat With The ‘Empathy Factor’

The year’s first primaries and special elections for Congress and state legislature have shown 2018 is shaping up as a historic blue voter turnout, a cycle where a wave of new Democratic women could be elected, and a year where progressives will move from the sidelines into state and federal office.

But beyond these top-line trends, there appear to be deeper common threads among Democrats who are winning primaries and special elections. On top of communication skills, endorsements, funding, and other essential campaign ingredients, many share track records and careers helping others — especially on personal health and household issues.…

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