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Rep. Peter King calls Rand Paul’s remarks on Snowden ‘absolutely disgraceful’

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Representative Peter King (R-KY) lashed out at fellow Republican Rand Paul on Sunday over National Security Agency (NSA) leaker Edward Snowden.

King said on Fox News the United States should take whatever action necessary to extradite Snowden to the United States.

“I think it is important for the American people to realize that this guy is a traitor, a defector, he’s not a hero,” the congressman added. “And I heard Senator Rand Paul this morning actually compared Snowden to General Clapper. What’s happened to our country? This is a traitor, and for anyone to be comparing him to a U.S. military hero is absolutely disgraceful.”

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Speaking with CNN’s Candy Crowley, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said that National Intelligence director James Clapper “lied in Congress in defiance of the law in the name of security,” while “Snowden told the truth in the name of privacy.”

During a Senate Intelligence committee hearing in March, Clapper falsely said the NSA did not collect data on millions of Americans.

Watch video, uploaded to YouTube by Rep. Peter King, below:

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‘Let’s have Stormy Daniels week’: MSNBC’s Morning Joe urges Dems to call GOP bluff and expose all of Trump’s crimes

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough urged House Democrats to call the Republicans' bluff and expose President Donald Trump's alleged crimes, week after week, in hearing after hearing.

The "Morning Joe" host conceded that limiting the scope of impeachment to the Ukraine scandal had not moved the needle in public opinion, so he suggested expanding the process to include the federal crimes that GOP lawmakers have argued are necessary to impeach.

"As we move through this process, and the Republicans in the House acted in such an abhorrent way," Scarborough said. "It's going to damage them in the long run, they were much better off to say, 'Yes, he did it, but it's not a crime, this is why we're not removing him.' They're not doing that."

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Who is worse: Donald Trump or Mitch McConnell ?

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He’s maybe the most dangerous politician of my lifetime. He’s helped transform the Republican Party into a cult, worshiping at the altar of authoritarianism. He’s damaged our country in ways that may take a generation to undo. The politician I’m talking about, of course, is Mitch McConnell.

Two goals for November 3, 2020: The first and most obvious is to get the worst president in history out of the White House. That’s necessary but not sufficient. We also have to flip the Senate and remove the worst Senate Majority Leader in history.

Like Trump, Mitch McConnell is no garden-variety bad public official. McConnell puts party above America, and Trump above party. Even if Trump is gone, if the Senate remains in Republican hands and McConnell is reelected, America loses because McConnell will still have a chokehold on our democracy.

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Trump administration has a new excuse for delaying Ukraine aid — but CNN’s Elie Honig isn’t buying it

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On Wednesday, the Office of Management and Budget released a memo offering an explanation for the Trump administration’s decision to withhold military aid to Ukraine earlier this year: OMB needed to make sure the funds weren’t being released “prematurely.” But legal journalist Jerry Lambe, in a December 12 article for Law & Crime, notes that not everyone finds that explanation convincing.

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