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Ron Paul claims U.S. officials ‘set the stage for 9/11’

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Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX), a contender for the Republican Party’s nomination to the presidency, has numerous fans and detractors who agree upon very little — but one thing nearly everyone who sees him can agree to is that he’s remarkably consistent about his political positions.

For a long time, Paul has called for government regulations on airport security to be repealed, leaving that responsibility to the airlines, so the statements below aren’t entirely new.

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However, in an interview Friday with the conservative Fox News Channel, he again pitched this position, but with an ear-grabbing new approach, insisting that by not allowing private citizens to carry firearms on jumbo-jets, U.S. officials literally “set the stage for 9/11.”

He also appeared to support the practice of racial profiling over what he called the victimization of average Americans — a position that may be every bit as controversial as the TSA’s current policy of invasive pat-downs and x-ray scanning machines.

This video is from MSNBC, broadcast by Fox News on July 8, 2011, snipped courtesy of Think Progress.

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Ex-AG Matt Whitaker ‘pretty much acknowledges abuse of power’ in Fox News interview

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The former acting Attorney General of the United States argued that presidential abuse of power is not a crime during a Tuesday evening appearance on Fox News.

Abuse of power is not a crime,” Matt Whitaker told Fox News personality Laura Ingraham.

Tufts University Professor Daniel Drezner was fascinated by the admission.

"Interesting that Whitaker pretty much acknowledges abuse of power but doesn’t think it’s egregious," Drezner noted.

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Maddow says ‘everyone involved’ in Giuliani scheme will be drinking ‘prison wine made from toilet water’

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The host of "The Rachel Maddow Show" on MSNBC recounted a day of bombshell news as Ambassador Bill Taylor testified before Congress about President Donald Trump seeking foreign election assistance from Ukraine.

"I mean, when it came to carrying out what Bill Taylor described today as the highly irregular channel of U.S. policy-making that was running this scheme on behalf of the president, everybody involved in that is, like, in jail or going to jail or fighting going to jail," Maddow reported.

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Only 7 Republican senators completely ruled out impeaching Donald Trump

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It's widely considered a foregone conclusion that if President Donald Trump is impeached, he will be acquitted in a Senate trial. Assuming all Democrats vote to convict the president, they would need 20 Republican senators to join with them, and there is no real indication — despite rumors — that the GOP yet has an appetite for throwing out their own leader.

But even now, few Republicans are willing to commit to protect the president unequivocally in a Senate trial. According to the right-wing Daily Caller, of all 53 Republican senators, only 7 definitively said they would vote to acquit the president.

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