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Howard Dean: Tea party the ‘last gasp of the 55-year-old generation’

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Slams Obama’s staffers’ ‘contempt’ for liberals

The tea party movement represents “the last gasp of a generation that has trouble with diversity,” Howard Dean told an audience Wednesday.

The former governor of Vermont and head of the Democratic National Committee told a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor that he expects the tea party to be a powerful influence in the 2012 election as it was in the 2010 election, but he doesn’t see it as the future of American politics.

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“I think it’s the last gasp of the 55-year-old generation, not the first gasp of a new generation,” he said. “It’s a group of older folks who’ve seen their lives change dramatically. The country’s not the same … All of a sudden it’s here for them and they don’t know what to do … Every morning when they see the president they’re reminded that things are totally different than when they were born.”

Dean, who became a folk hero to progressives after his iconoclastic 2004 presidential run, suggested that the Republicans may find it more difficult to attract voters in the future, as the influence of the over-55 crowd wanes. But he said the GOP could still attract new voters, provided they change their message.

“They can get this younger generation,” he said. “But they can’t get it on the backs of gays and immigrants, because many of their friends are gays and immigrants.”

Dean also welcomed the staffing changes at the White House and criticized current White House staffers who he said had “contempt” for the president’s progressive base.

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Dean didn’t name names, but the comment seemed targeted at Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, who announced this week he will be leaving the White House. In an interview with The Hill last summer, Gibbs criticized the “professional left” for their frustration with President Obama’s policies, provoking anger among liberals.

Aside from Gibbs, economic advisers Paul Volcker and Larry Summers are also leaving.

“As they say, don’t let the door hit you in the you-know-what on the way out,” Dean said.

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Here are 3 moves a desperate Trump will likely attempt in order to cling to power

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As the columnist explained, impeachment seems inevitable and the president will likely take desperate measures and that he has already given hints about three paths he may take -- if not all of them.

Tomasky wrote, "It’s foolish to say that Trump thinks ahead about anything. The late journalist Wayne Barrett said many true things about Trump, but the truest ever was when he observed that Trump says whatever will get him through the next 10 minutes," before adding, "People around him of course are more strategic and are thinking ahead. And they’re all saying and doing and writing things right now that will, if the opportunity presents itself, pave the way for Trump to burn the Constitution."

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"They want to return this country to the white Christian country that they believe it should be again," he continued. "They don’t want the diversity, and they follow him for this, but they’re not the country. We are a diverse people, we are good and strong because of that.

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Pentagon says up to 1,000 US troops to withdraw from northern Syria

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Defense Secretary Mark Esper said the move came after the US learned that Turkey was pressing further into Syria than had been expected.

And the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are seeking a deal with the Syrian regime and Russia to counter-attack against the Turks in the north, Esper added.

"We find ourselves as we have American forces likely caught between two opposing advancing armies and it's a very untenable situation," Esper told CBS's Face the Nation.

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