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Veteran journalist Carl Bernstein: Trump’s Russia remarks a ‘disqualifying event’

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Carl Bernstein — half of the Washington Post team that exposed the Watergate scandal in the 1970s — said on Wednesday that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s remarks regarding Russian hackers attacking rival Hillary Clinton should effectively put an end to his presidential run.

The Hill reported that Bernstein said on CNN, “Today we have reached a tipping point in this election. This is a disqualifying event for a president of the United States.”

At a rambling 45-minute press conference on Wednesday, Trump responded to questions about Russian intelligence operatives hacking the Democratic National Committee’s servers by saying, “If they hacked, they probably have her 33,000 emails. I hope they do. They probably have her 33,000 emails that she lost and deleted. You’d see some beauties, so we’ll see.”

“Russia, if you’re listening,” he continued, “I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”

In short, he is calling for Russian hackers to dig up incriminating opposition research on Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, a first in U.S. politics so far as anyone has been able to determine.

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Bernstein said, “It ought to be apparent to all, and the Democrats should be able to make the case, that he is manifestly unsuited to be the president of the United States because of his recklessness with the national security.”


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Trump’s racism isn’t a grand plan to win in 2020 — he’s just a ‘blithering idiot’: GOP strategist

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President Donald Trump over the last week has made overtly racist attacks on four Democratic women of color, which has led to speculation that the president believes using racism is the key to winning reelection in 2020.

However, Republican strategist Stuart Stevens, who is currently working for Trump primary challenger Bill Weld, says it would be a mistake to confuse Trump's bigoted impulses with a well thought out battle plan.

"There is always this need to attribute this master plan to Trump because otherwise, you have to come to terms with the fact that he’s a blithering idiot," Stevens said in an interview with the Huffington Post.

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Here is why Nancy Pelosi allowed a House impeachment vote

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Admitting that he isn't privy to insider knowledge from the Democratic leadership, Bloomberg columnist Jonathan Bernstein suggested that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may be playing a much longer game on the possibility of impeachment hearings on Donald Trump than her detractors believe.

Wondering, "Is Nancy Pelosi closer to impeachment?' Bernstein writes, "Usually, when a regular bill or resolution has been introduced, it’s then referred to committee. If the majority party doesn’t want to consider the bill, it will die with no further action. Under House rules, however, any member can force an impeachment resolution onto the floor as pending business. That’s what [Rep. Al] Green (D-TX) did Wednesday."

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Trump falsely claims he stopped his supporters from chanting ‘Send her back!’

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On Wednesday night, President Donald Trump held a rally in Greenville, North Carolina, where he singled out Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), accusing her and the other Democratic congresswomen known as "the Squad" of not loving America.

In response, the crowd began to shout "Send her back!"

Trump allowed the crowd to continue the chant for a full 12 seconds before continuing his speech.

The next day, amidst criticism that he was riling up his fans to dangerous levels, Trump claimed that he had indeed shut down the chant, in direct contradiction to the video. New York Times journalist Peter Baker reported Trump's claim on Twitter.

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