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Iraqi governor links bombing suspects to vice president

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An Iraqi provincial governor on Monday said that 18 suspects arrested in connection with bomb attacks are linked to Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi, who has been sentenced to death in absentia.

On Sunday several bombings rocked Nasiriyah, capital of the southern province Dhi Qar, including one near the French honorary consulate that killed one person.

“We have arrested 18 people who prepared the bomb attacks in Nasiriyah. They belong to Hashemi’s Tajdid movement,” Dhi Qar governor Taleb al-Hassan told a joint news conference with French ambassador Denys Gauer.

A security official told AFP that “the terrorist acts in Baghdad and across Iraq were prepared by groups affiliated with Hashemi.”

“These individuals learned from (Hashemi’s) lawyers and bodyguards that his sentence would be delivered on Sunday. With these attacks they were trying to divert attention,” he added on condition on anonymity.

A wave of attacks across Iraq on Saturday and Sunday killed 88, according to security sources.

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Hassan’s accusations come a day after the fugitive Iraqi vice president, who has been convicted of running a death squad and is currently on the run in Turkey, was sentenced to hang for the murder of a lawyer and a brigadier general.

Hashemi rejected the sentence at a news conference in Turkey.

“While reconfirming my absolute innocence and that of my guards, I totally reject and will never recognise the unfair, the unjust, the politically motivated verdict, which was expected from the outset of this funny trial,” Hashemi said.

The leading Sunni Muslim official branded the sentence “the final phase of the theatrical campaign” carried out by his political rival, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and “his politicised judiciary”.

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Trump has an ‘invulnerable reality distortion field’ — that makes Republicans defend the indefensible: GOP strategist

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Republicans are put in a difficult position by President Donald Trump's refusal to accept reality, a top GOP strategist explained on MSNBC on Monday.

Anchor Kasie Hunt played a clip of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attempting to defend Trump's public statements that he could accept foreign election interference in hopes of being re-elected in 2020 despite his lousy poll numbers.

GOP strategist Michael Steel offered his analysis of the situation facing Republicans.

"This is the hardest thing for every surrogate of President Trump and every Congressional Republican to deal with," Steel explained. "His position is wrong. His position is indefensible. His position, even when he cleaned it up, wasn’t really right."

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Ex-DOJ lawyer explains how Trump is engaged in a cover-up — and it has nothing to do with Russia

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On Monday's edition of MSNBC's "The Beat," former White House attorney and law professor Neal Katyal walked anchor Ari Melber through the egregious ways President Donald Trump has abused executive privilege — and is covering up more than just the Russia scandal.

"Executive privilege is this concept, Ari, that goes all the way back to the founding, the idea that presidents should have some zone of secrecy around them, to have confidential deliberations and decision making," said Katyal. "I've been in two different administrations and I would say particularly President Obama was really careful to make sure that he wouldn't invoke executive privilege unless absolutely necessary. He only invoked it once in eight years, even though many years he had Congress opposed to him in terms of being from the opposite party."

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Ex-Ambassador to Russia explains how Putin will exploit the divisions between Trump and his advisors

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The former U.S. ambassador to Russia explained how Vladimir Putin will exploit the divisions between President Donald Trump and his advisors.

"A double bombshell in reporting from The New York Times this weekend about the president and his relationship with Russian president Putin," anchor Kasie Hunt said.

"First, The Times reports that the U.S. is escalating online attacks on Russia’s power grid in an effort, 'partly as a warning and partly to be poised to conduct cyber strikes if a major conflict broke out between Washington and Moscow.' But that’s not all," she noted. "The second bombshell in that report that officials are worried about briefing the president."

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