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Gingrich: Obama has ‘psychological need’ to ignore ‘Islamic extremism’

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Former Speaker of the House and erstwhile presidential candidate Rep. Newt Gingrich (R-GA) accused President Barack Obama of having “almost a psychological need” to ignore “the realities of Islamic extremism.”

In an appearance on “The Sean Hannity Show,” Gingrich made the case that Obama is failing to rise to the challenges posed by what Gingrich believes is an increasingly restive Middle East. The former Speaker asserted that the president is neglecting to address the problems posed by militant Islamists, and seemed to imply that perhaps Obama feels a kinship with these anti-Western forces.

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“President Obama,” he said, “has almost a psychological need to be totally blind to the realities of Islamic extremism. It is astonishing to me how consistently he rejects all the information which would teach him that there are people out there who actually want to kill us. And it’s, I mean, it is so beyond any reasonable way to explain it that it’s almost as though he has a desperate need to believe in something which is totally false.”

Gingrich has alleged before that Obama has a “Kenyan, anti-colonial” mindset, and called the president’s perspective on the world “factually insane.”

Watch the clip, embedded via NewsBusters, below:

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Giuliani’s latest trip to Ukraine opens up conflicts of interest — and puts Trump at risk: MSNBC analyst

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On MSNBC Saturday, legal analyst Danny Cevallos explained how Rudy Giuliani's trip to Ukraine to produce anti-impeachment propaganda could end up harming his legal position — by muddying attorney-client privilege with President Donald Trump.

"The only path to legitimacy is if there was a true corruption threat in Ukraine, and specifically if Hunter Biden and Burisma posed a true corruption threat," said Cevallos. "That is why Rudy Giuliani is in Ukraine. He's building that case. So that he can show, bring a news network there, right-leaning news network to do a documentary or investigate this issue and yield factual information that Rudy Giuliani can point to and say, this corruption, this evidence, these facts show that President trump was warranted in requesting an investigation, not generally into corruption, specifically into Hunter Biden. It's the only path that will work for Republicans that passes even remotely any kind of smell test. Even then, it's a bit of a stretch."

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Devin Nunes likely under federal investigation over foreign contacts after Parnas phone call revelation: ex-FBI official

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On MSNBC's "AM Joy," former FBI Assistant Director for Counterintelligence Frank Figliuzzi speculated that Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) may already be under FBI investigation for his secret calls with indicted Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas.

"What do you make of the fact that the ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, who participated in the Adam Schiff portion of the impeachment hearings, never said anything to anybody about the fact that he was not just the guy who's sitting on the dais, he was involved in some way with one of the players?" asked host Joy Reid.

"Well, it says a lot on two levels," said Figliuzzi. "It says a lot about Devin Nunes as an individual, his ethics, his integrity, and what he's all about. And then on a larger level, it's just a huge, ironic development that we're hearing all of this about — the Republicans are defending allegations that the president lacks integrity and ethics, and they're sitting there overseeing this and they're not recusing themselves, and they're not saying anything about their colleague, Devin Nunes. So, you know, the hypocrisy is loud and clear here. And eventually when the dust clears, Joy, I wouldn't be surprised if ethics investigations and perhaps even criminal investigations really point the finger at Nunes as someone who should have recused himself and is much deeper into this than we know now."

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Mitch McConnell’s effort to sabotage Trump impeachment could hit this brick wall

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and his GOP allies have signaled that they might pass a highly partisan set of rules designed to sabotage an impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, which might include everything from time limits on Democrats trying to submit evidence, to a parallel public investigation of former Vice President Joe Biden to make Trump's Ukraine behavior look legitimate.

But on MSNBC's "AM Joy," justice and security analyst Matthew Miller walked host Joy Reid through how difficult such a package of rules could be to pass — and how even a small defection of senators from his caucus could block it.

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