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Torture advocate John Yoo: Bin Laden should have been captured, not killed

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Former Bush legal counsel John Yoo, best known for authoring memos to legally justify torture, said Thursday that President Barack Obama should have captured — rather than killed — Osama Bin Laden, so he could be interrogated for information.

“The best, most reliable information we can get is from interrogation, and I’m worried that this administration has closed off that flow of intelligence since President Obama took office,” Yoo told CNN’s Eliot Spitzer.

Yoo said killing the al Qaeda would have been justified if the Navy SEALS were attacked, but “if they were going in with no options other than to kill him, then that’s a problem.”

The UC-Berkeley professor argued — without evidence — that Obama didn’t want to take bin Laden alive. “I do think that they don’t want to capture high level al Qaeda leaders,” he said. “They don’t want to take anybody and send them to Guantanamo Bay.”

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Meghan McCain feels victimized by Trump’s attacks on Omar: ‘You’re taking away my agency to criticize her’

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Meghan McCain found a way to make herself the victim of President Donald Trump's racist screed against Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN).

The president has been telling the Minnesota Democrat to return to her home country Sudan, which she fled as a refugee at 10, and accused her of supporting al-Qaeda as his supporters chanted "send her back" at a North Carolina rally.

"It was really dystopian," McCain said. "I was trying to go out to dinner and ignore politics. My family is in town, and came home and saw it on Twitter and then saw it on TV, and look."

After news of Trump's racist rant spoiled her evening out with relatives, McCain said she realized that his remarks had robbed her of something else.

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‘He’s lost his mind’: Lindsey Graham’s latest defense of Trump’s racist attacks leaves Americans sick to their stomach

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was dragged over the coals on Thursday morning for defending Donald Trump's increasingly racist attacks on Somalia-born Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) saying it was "love it or leave it" 1968 politics having nothing to do with race.

Speaking with reporters the morning after Trump incited rallygoers to chant "send her back" after he launched an ugly attack on the Democratic lawmakers, Graham said the president couldn't be a racist because he would never encourage the repatriation of a Somali immigrant if they were wearing a MAGA hat.

Graham's glib defense outraged Twitter users who had already thought the conservative senator had hit rock bottom when it came to defending the president.

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Jeffrey Epstein denied bail — will stay in jail until sex trafficking trial

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A federal judge denied bail bail to Jeffrey Epstein after his arrest on sex-trafficking charges.

U.S. District Judge Richard Berman heard arguments from prosecutors and Epstein's attorneys Monday but waited until Thursday to issue his ruling.

Prosecutors argued that Epstein, who has pleaded not guilty, should remain jailed because he's a danger to the public and a flight risk, pointing to a phony passport listing a Saudi Arabia residence that was found in a safe at his New York home, along with cash and diamonds.

Defense lawyers insisted Epstein would not flee the country and asked for him to be released on house arrest at his Manhattan townhouse and equipped with GPS monitoring.

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