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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

What Republicans Can Do To Rein In Trump

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.


According to many news headlines, “both sides” of the aisle, including Republicans, are bashing Trump for his disastrous summit with Russian dictator Vladimir Putin.

Americans are hearing a lot about how Arizona Republican Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake called Trump’s performance “disgraceful” and “shameful,” or how Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) said Trump made the U.S. look like a “pushover,” or how Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NV) called Trump’s remarks “bizarre and flat-out wrong.”

You might think that finally — finally — Trump’s hideous, public betrayal of America would be enough to make the Republican Party turn a corner and realize that it has to stop making excuses and covering for his behavior.…

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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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