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Dick Cheney fires back at Trump: ‘He sounds like a liberal Democrat’ for saying Bush lied about Iraq war

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney castigated Donald Trump on Monday after the GOP presidential front-runner accused former President George W. Bush of lying in order to force the US into war in Iraq.

“He sounds like a liberal Democrat to me,” Cheney told Fox News host Bret Baier. “He’s wrong, and I think he’s deliberately promoting those views in order to advance his own political interests.”

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Trump launched an attack on Bush’s administration during Saturday night’s debate in South Carolina, calling the war “a big, fat mistake” and earning boos for criticizing Bush’s record concerning both that conflict and the 9/11 attacks.

“We should have never been in Iraq,” Trump said at the time. “They lied, they said there were weapons of mass destruction. There were none and they knew that there were none.”

Trump also drew boos at the time for noting that Bush was president during the 9/11 attacks, a criticism he has since repeated to undermine current Republican rival Jeb Bush. Cheney said on Monday that these kinds of remarks made it tough to believe he was leading among GOP candidates.

“I was in the White House bunker on that day helping coordinate and manage our response to 9/11,” Cheney said. “I didn’t see Donald Trump there. I’ve never seen him involved in any way that would lead me to believe that he had any first-hand or practical experience about it. It’s a disappointment, frankly, that he’s acting that way.”

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Watch the interview, as posted on Monday, below.


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Longtime GOP strategist explains why his party is getting crushed in the war of ideas

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Republican strategist Stuart Stevens on Wednesday warned the GOP that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) might not be a pushover candidate against President Donald Trump in 2020.

Writing on Twitter, Stevens admitted that he had "no idea" if Warren would beat Trump next year, but he did say that "Trump and supporters are destroying [the] credibility of any center-right argument" thanks to Trump's "corrupt and unstable" governance.

When one of Stevens' followers said that Warren would not be able to fulfill her promises just by taxing the wealthy, he countered that this idea is still more popular than anything Republicans are championing.

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Japan wants to dump Fukushima radioactive water into ocean

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Japan's top government spokesman slapped down the environment minister on Tuesday after he said there was "no other option" but to release radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant into the ocean.

"It is not true that we have decided on the disposal method," Chief Cabinet Minister Yoshihide Suga told reporters after Environment Minister Yoshiaki Harada's comments earlier in the day.

The operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), is storing more than one million tonnes of contaminated water in tanks at the site of Fukushima Daiichi Plant that was wrecked by the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown.

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Here’s one big reason why Trump is having a white-hot meltdown over the Fed not dropping interest rates

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President Donald Trump has a personal conflict-of-interest that may be impacting his decisions in his public feud with Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell.

"President Trump stands to save millions of dollars annually in interest on outstanding loans on his hotels and resorts if the Federal Reserve lowers rates as he has been demanding, according to public filings and financial experts," The Washington Post reported Saturday.

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