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Sen. Graham: Egypt’s army will block Islamist state

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WASHINGTON – Egypt’s US-backed army will prevent Islamists from ever controlling that country’s government, a US Senator said Tuesday, stressing Americans must not be “ashamed” of backing that military.

“Every American should be very appreciative of the fact that for years we’ve been providing aid to the Egyptian army in terms of equipment and training, because that army is our ace in the hole, as a world, to make sure Egypt doesn’t go into a radical state,” said Republican Senator Lindsey Graham.

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Asked whether he meant the army would step in should Egyptian voters pick an Islamist government, Graham replied: “It is my belief that the Egyptian army will protect the Egyptian people from becoming a radical Islamic state.”

“That is my hope, that is my prayer,” Graham, a member of the US Senate Armed Services Committee, told reporters. “So the fact that we provided the aid to their military is not something we should be ashamed of.”

Graham also praised the way President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for doing “a very good job” of handling the crisis thus far, but called for a global “plan” to bring about a smooth political transition.

“We’ve come to the point where we need to be articulating a plan that is bought into by the Egyptian people. Because if we go another week without a plan, I really worry that this thing is going to spin out of control,” he said.

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His comments came as a popular uprising to oust Egyptian President Hosni Mubark entered its second week, with massive tides of peaceful protesters flooding Cairo and Egypt’s second city Alexandria.

“I think the international community, the Arab world, can all come up with a plan to give the Egyptian people something that is not unfair for them to ask for: an elected, representative government and free and fair elections, something they haven’t had in 30 years,” said Graham.

“The days of autocratic rule are probably history and that’s a good thing,” he said, praising the protesters for “trying to advance Egypt, to try to make it a more enlightened society, a more modern society.”

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“My message to the Egyptian people: You’re being heard by the world. Choose wisely when your chance to choose comes,” said Graham.

Graham blasted fellow Republicans who have called for deep cuts in foreign aid, notably to staunch US ally Israel and Egypt, saying that would happen “over my dead body.”

“We live in a dangerous world and foreign aid, foreign assistance is in our national security interest,” he said. “If you cut that aid, you will be cutting your own throat.”

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Trump announces new sanctions on Iran — and deploys US troops to the Middle East

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The United States announced Friday that it was sending military reinforcements to the Gulf region following attacks on Saudi oil facilities that it attributes to Iran, just hours after President Donald Trump ordered new sanctions on Tehran.

Trump said the sanctions were the toughest-ever against another country, but indicated he did not plan a military strike, calling restraint a sign of strength.

The Treasury Department renewed action against Iran's central bank after US officials said Tehran carried out weekend attacks on rival Saudi Arabia's oil infrastructure, which triggered a spike in global crude prices.

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‘Do a lot of stupid sh*t as quickly as possible’: Ambassador Power breaks down ’The Trump Doctrine’

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The former ambassador to the United Nations explained "The Trump Doctrine" during a Friday evening interview with comedian Bill Maher on HBO's "Real Time."

Samantha Power, the author of the new book, The Education of an Idealist, was asked by Maher about the foreign policy mantra of the Obama administration.

"Obama's foreign policy doctrine was famously summarized as 'don't do stupid sh*t," Maher noted. "Trump's, of course, is 'Do stupid sh*t.'"

"Do stupid sh*t as quickly as possible," Power clarified.

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‘Brett Kavanaugh’s penis is back in the news’: Bill Maher breaks down the latest Supreme Court scandal

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HBO "Real Time" host Bill Maher broke down the latest scandal facing the United States Supreme Court.

"Brett Kavanaugh's penis is back in the news," Maher said. "The New York Times kind of tripped over his dick on this one."

Maher suggested the report reflects poorly on Kavanaugh's manhood.

"The problem is the woman, the victim, has no recollection of it happening -- which isn't really a ringing endorsement of his penis," Maher said.

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