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Bernie Sanders expected to return to Senate duties a day after hernia surgery

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Bernie Sanders, the independent US senator who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, was undergoing a medical procedure Monday to repair a hernia, his staff said.

The elective outpatient hernia repair procedure was being performed at George Washington University Hospital, his staff said.

Sanders, who is 74, “will resume his Senate duties on Tuesday,” according to a statement from campaign spokesman Michael Briggs.

No information was provided on the specifics of Sanders’s case.

A hernia is a condition in which part of an organ protrudes through a cavity wall, such as the intestine bulging through a weak part of the abdominal wall.

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Sanders is running second in the polls among the three candidates seeking the Democratic nomination. He trails frontrunner Hillary Clinton, who is six years his junior.

With no apparent health problems, Sanders has campaigned tirelessly since May, including at an event Sunday in New Hampshire.

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NYT columnist says one of Trump’s friends begged him to talk him out of launching war with Iran

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On Monday, Thomas Friedman of The New York Times spoke to CNN's Anderson Cooper, following President Donald Trump's attacks on him for calling his behavior racist in a recent article. The president accused him of "kissing [his] a**" in an Oval Office phone call.

Speaking to Cooper, Friedman denied Trump's characterization of their discussion.

"The president tweeted about a private conversation we had and lobbed in a few insults," said Friedman. "Basically, my response, which I put out on Twitter is that I was encouraged by a friend of his to speak to him after the downing of the American drone, because I thought it was wise that we not retaliate, and I thought he was wise not to retaliate, and this friend of his wanted me to encourage him in that, because he was evidently agonizing a little over that not retaliating. And I did that. I began the conversation by saying that 'I disagree with you, Mr. President on many things, but I think you did the right thing on this.' We talked for about four minutes. We also talked about China and we left it at that."

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Trump is a ‘human opioid’ who feeds racism to his ‘white identity cult’: author

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Democrats will lose the 2020 campaign if they treat it like a typical election and instead need to make a moral issue against President Donald Trump, author Tim Wise explained on MSNBC on Monday.

Wise is the author of the 2004 book White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son.

"As Democrats work on their strategy to counter President Trump ahead of the 2020 election. Anti-racism activist Tim Wise -- who helped to defeat David Duke in two campaigns in the 1990s -- provided this advice for Democrats," anchor Chris Matthews said.

He read excerpts of tweets from Wise.

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Trump asked right-wing conspiracy theorist congressman to help him pick his next Director of National Intelligence

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On Monday, Politico reported that President Donald Trump is consulting with Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) about who he should consider to replace Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats.

Nunes has led the Republican side of the House Intelligence Committee since 2015 and chaired the committee for four years, despite having no professional qualifications of any kind for that role. Since 2017, he has been known for his stunts and conspiracy theories intended to discredit the Russia investigation and throw suspicion on anyone who looks into Trump's conduct.

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