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Allen West slams female soldiers: Why aren’t women in the NHL?

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Former Rep. Allen West (R-FL) on Thursday dismissed women in combat as a “foray” into an “equality trip.”

The Department of Defense recently lifted its prohibition on women serving in combat positions. The military is expected to open 230,000 new positions to women.

“I have to tell you, if this is the case, then why do we have separate hockey leagues?” West said on CNN. “Women should be out there playing ice hockey with the guys in the NHL. We should not have a WNBA. I can’t shoot a three-pointer, but there are ladies who could certainly take me to the hoop. Maybe they should be competing with Kobe Bryant.”

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The former congressman and Iraq veteran blasted the “social experiment” earlier in the day on his Facebook page, suggesting that women could not be as effective soldiers as men. He warned that opening front-line positions to women “could potentially lead to the demise of our military.”

“GI Jane was a movie and should not be the basis for a policy shift,” he wrote on Facebook. “I know Martha McSally, have known women who are Apache and Cobra helicopter pilots, and served with women who were MPs, but being on the ground and having to go mano y mano in close combat is a completely different environment.”

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‘Vladimir Putin has something on Donald Trump’: Ambassador Sherman says the Kremlin must have kompromat

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Former Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman concluded on Monday that Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin must have "something" on President Donald Trump.

"The latest reporting from The New York Times indicates that the thousands of troops that we have there, that the president moved, are now trapped. They don’t have an actual way out since Turkey has cut off the roads and the exit routes that they might use and so now there is the question of will there be an airlift? How will we get the U.S. troops out?" MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell asked.

"We haven’t had to get troops out like this since the fall of Saigon," Sherman replied. "This is going to be very, very difficult."

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‘They remain in federal custody’: SDNY tells Maddow that Giuliani henchmen are still locked up

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MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow on Monday reported at the end of her show that two associates of Rudy Giuliani had been released on $1 million bail.

The host had started her show by citing a Wall Street Journal report that Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, "were released on $1 million bonds and haven’t yet entered pleas. They are scheduled to appear in federal court in Manhattan on Thursday."

But at the end of her show, Maddow issued a correction.

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Trump’s stonewalling ‘no longer seems to be working’: Maddow expects Mike Pompeo to leave the administration

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MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow observed on Monday that Trump's stonewalling of Congress is no longer holding -- and why she thinks Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will not last long in the administration.

"A key part of this scheme these guys were trying to pull off with President Trump involved ousting the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch. She was pulled out of the embassy -- apparently with the consent of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo -- in the spring of this year," Maddow reported.

"Ambassador Yovanovitch testified on Friday that she was told to get out of Ukraine, 'on the next plane.' In her opening statement before her nine-hour deposition on Friday, she spelled out how the number two official in the State Department told her it was on the president’s orders that she was being recalled from her ambassadorship, even though she was told she had done nothing wrong," she continued.

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