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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Springtime For Steve: Bannon Plots His Comeback

Reprinted with permission from MediaMatters.

The past several months have been difficult for Steve Bannon, the disheveled, wannabe Machiavelli of American politics. Late last summer he was unceremoniously fired from his senior post in the Trump White House, then the candidate he backed in the Alabama special Senate election suffered a historic defeat under the weight of credible reports of sexual assault, and then he was evicted from his chairmanship of Breitbart News. All throughout the long, dark winter he was relentlessly mocked and jabbed by opponents and erstwhile allies alike, including President Donald Trump, who rechristened him “Sloppy Steve” and blamed him for the Senate loss in Alabama.…

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Study: Trump Campaign Rallies Caused Violence To Spike

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Trump’s violent rhetoric on the campaign trail breeds real-life violence, leading to a spike in assaults wherever Trump makes an appearance.

That’s the conclusion of a new study, which found that cities experienced an increase in assaults on days when they hosted a Trump campaign rally. There was no corresponding link between the incidence of violence and rallies for Hillary Clinton.

“It appeared to be a phenomenon that’s unique to Donald Trump’s rally,” said Christopher Morrison, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania and lead author of the study.

The study, published in the journal Epidemiology, looked at data on assaults surrounding 31 rallies in 22 cities for Trump, and 38 rallies in 21 cities for Clinton.…

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Four-Star General Says Trump Is ‘Threat To National Security’

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Retired four-star Army general Barry McCaffrey issued a dire warning Friday, saying he has reached the conclusion that Trump poses a “serious threat to US national security.”

In a tweet posted late Friday afternoon, McCaffrey said he “reluctantly” came to that conclusion based on Trump’s refusal “to protect vital US interests from active Russian attacks.”

Trump’s inaction in the face of Russian aggression makes it “apparent that he is for some unknown reason under the sway of Mr. Putin,” he added.

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