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Utah lawmaker bolts GOP after attending convention: ‘I’m wondering what this party is all about’

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A Utah lawmaker has bolted from the GOP after attending last week’s Republican convention in Cleveland and wondering where his party has gone, reports the Salt Lake Tribune.

Republican State Sen. Mark Madsen announced he was leaving the party for the Libertarian Party during a press conference on Monday when he also endorsed that party’s presidential candidate, Gary Johnson.

According to Madsen, he has been looking at changing parties, and decided to make the move after attending the GOP convention in Cleveland where New York City businessman Donald Trump formally accepted the nomination as the party’s candidate for president.

Speaking about the Republican convention, Madsen said, “I’m wondering what this party is all about.”

Madsen, who calls himself a “small government conservative,” said he specifically parts ways with his former party over its stance on the legalization of medical marijuana which he, along with candidate Johnson, supports.

In  April, Madsen gave the keynote at the state Libertarian Party convention, stating, “I’ve been kind of an oddball legislator,” before adding, “I don’t fit. And it’s been 12 years [in office] of kind of a square peg in a round hole.”

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Trump biographer mocks president for humiliating foreign policy ‘triple fail’

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Trump biographer Timothy O'Brien on Monday published a column for Bloomberg in which he mocked the president for suffering a humiliating foreign policy "triple fail" that exposed his presidency's biggest weaknesses.

In his column, O'Brien pointed out that Trump's threats of major actions against Mexico and Iran never amounted to anything, while also noting that the president backed off his plans to begin the mass deportations of undocumented immigrants.

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How the New York Times creates credibility for Trump

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There’s a good reason why the Times decided against running on its front page news of the latest woman to accuse the president of rape. The Times still does journalism the way it always has. It gives people in power the never-ending benefit of the doubt.

When you are willing to give people in power the benefit of the doubt no matter how many times they have proven they are unworthy of that benefit, it’s not all that important when the 16th person comes forward credibly to accuse Donald Trump of anything, even if, in the case of columnist E. Jean Carroll, the allegation is rape.

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Ex-Trump aide Jason Miller forced out of posh legal job after profane rant against House Judiciary chair

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Another former advisor to President Donald Trump is being "retired" from their position after a social media rant about House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY), the Daily Beast reported.

Miller was working as a managing director at a prominent Washington, D.C. consulting firm before the rant, but after it is "parting ways."

“I have parted ways with Teneo by mutual consent and look forward to formally announcing my next move in the coming weeks,” Miller said in a statement. “Teneo is an incredible firm and without a doubt the premier CEO consultancy on the planet. They have always been great to me and I’m proud to have called them teammates for the past two and a half years.”

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