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‘He sounded like a two-bit dictator’: Elizabeth Warren drops the hammer on Trump

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Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has been one of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s fiercest critics — so it’s not surprising she didn’t think much of his big acceptance speech on Thursday night.

Talking with Stephen Colbert on Thursday, Warren acknowledged that many Americans have a lot to be angry and upset about — but she noted that Donald Trump does not have the answers to their problems.

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Among other things, she pointed out that Trump’s tax plan amounts to a gigantic tax break for both himself and his family.

“What he’s really talking about is what he’s talked about his whole life, and that is how to improve the world for Donald Trump,” she said. “He just takes care of Donald Trump: First, last and everything in between.”

Warren then laid into the emotional appeal of Trump’s speech, in which he pumped up his audience full of fear and then presented himself alone as the only way they could save themselves.

“He sounded like a two-bit dictator of some country that you couldn’t find on a map,” she said. “He sounded like the dictator of a small country rather than a man who is running for the highest office of the strongest democracy on the face of this Earth.”

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Betsy DeVos, Ben Carson send anti-trans signals to Trump’s evangelical base

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While Trump grabs headlines, his Cabinet members quietly use transphobia to shore up white evangelical support

The white evangelical vote is almost certainly a lock for Donald Trump in 2020, but it appears the president is taking no chances of losing this critical voting block. One major part of that strategy appears to be quietly deploying his Cabinet members, especially those associated with the Christian right, to generate stories highlighting the Trump administration's overt bigotry toward trans people, and its eagerness to deprive trans Americans of basic rights.

Just this week, both Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson snagged coverage by making community visits that were ostensibly for noble purposes, but were clearly meant to signal to Christian right voters their hostility to trans rights.

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Intelligence official directly contradicts Trump administration’s excuses for suppressing whistleblower

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A top official in the intelligence community has disputed the factual basis for the Trump administration’s suppression of a whistleblower complaint believed to regard the potential misconduct of the president himself, a new letter released Thursday revealed.

The letter was made public by House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA). He is locked into a fierce and potentially explosive dispute with an array of forces within the administration to obtain the complaint, which was made through proper channels by an intelligence official last month to the community’s inspector general. Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson determined that the complaint was “credible” and “urgent,” and subsequent reporting from the Washington Post found that it concerns a “promise” made by Trump in communication with a foreign leader.

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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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