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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Trump And Putin Vs. America

Reprinted with permission from Creators.

 

Once to every man and nation comes the moment to decide,

In the strife of Truth with Falsehood, for the good or evil side.

—James Russell Lowell, “The Present Crisis,” 1845

Donald Trump faced that moment Monday in Helsinki, meeting privately for more than two hours with Vladimir Putin and taking part in a news conference afterward. He made unmistakably clear which side he takes — and it’s not America’s.

It was a performance that was simultaneously predictable and astonishing. Anyone who has paid attention to Trump’s policies and attitude toward the Russian autocrat saw nothing more than the dismal culmination of his long pattern of accommodation and appeasement.…

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Cable Anchors: GOP Officials Refuse Invites To Discuss Trump’s Helsinki Disaster

Reprinted with permission from MediaMatters.

Republican elected officials are refusing to appear on cable news programs to discuss President Donald Trump’s disastrous July 16 press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin. During the press conference, Trump insulted “obstructionist” Democrats while standing next to a foreign adversary, condemned Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election meddling, blamed “both countries” for deteriorating relations, called the United States “foolish,” and refused to endorse conclusion of the entire intelligence community and the Senate intelligence committee that Russia interfered in the 2016 election. Trump’s performance has drawn wide rebuke, and according to three cable news anchors, many Republicans are refusing to speak about it on the air.



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Watch: Obama Warns Against Populist Bigotry In South Africa Speech

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

Former President Barack Obama delivered his first major remarks since leaving office today in South Africa to a crowd of roughly 15,000 people gathered to attend the commemoration of Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday.

Obama spoke at length about the state of global affairs and the backlash to democracy.

“At the end of the 20th century, while some Western commentators were declaring the end of history and the inevitable triumph of liberal democracy and the virtues of the global supply chain, so many missed signs of a brewing backlash,” Obama told the crowd. “A backlash that arrived in so many forms.”

Obama took specific aim at Russia.…

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