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‘Morning Joe’ reports conservative Evan McMullin will launch presidential bid to challenge Trump

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Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough reports that his sources are telling him the #NeverTrump movement has found a third party Independent Party candidate to run as a conservative challenger to Donald Trump.

“I had multiple sources last night telling me that an independent with the backing of a lot of Republican money is going to launch today,” Scarborough said Monday morning. “You guys heard that?”

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No other panelists on the show had heard the rumor.

“I could be wrong,” he continued. “But several good sources told me that people, er, Republicans from, let’s just say, Never Trumpland, found somebody and they’re going to put good money behind him.”

Panelist Mark Halprin asked if it was David French, an attorney, veteran of the first Iraq War and columnist at the National Review. Scarborough insisted it wouldn’t be French.

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“This is French 2.0,” Scarborough said. “Someone like, I mean, it will be in that realm, but someone like that. Someone French-like. But, anyway, that would, I really think, again, to make matters worse.”

Co-host Mika Brzezinski questioned whether it was too late to get on the ballot, but the Scarborough said it wasn’t too late for 300 electoral votes and the other states could start lawsuits to get on the ballot.

“The people who are talking about funding this are more interested in Trump losing than electing their candidate,” Scarborough said, shrugging.

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BuzzFeed reports the candidate might be Evan McMullin, a career CIA agent who has never served in elected office and has under 1,000 followers on Twitter.

Though McMullin has been an outspoken critic of Trump over the last year, most recently on the idea that Trump is the “law and order” candidate.

As well as Trump’s attacks on the Gold Star Khan family: Check out the video below:

Evan McMullin:

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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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Trump approves of North Korea missile tests: ‘I have no problem’ because they’re just ‘short-range missiles’

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On Thursday, in conversation with reporters, President Donald Trump said that he had 'no problem' with North Korea's new round of missile tests.

"Short-range missiles, we never made an agreement on that," said Trump. "I have no problem, we'll see what happens, but these are short-range missiles. They're very standard."

The thought that short-range missiles would still be capable of hitting our allies in the region, like South Korea and Japan, does not seem to have occurred to him.

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Trump says he has "no problem" with North Korea testing missiles because they are just "short-range missiles" that are "very standard." pic.twitter.com/fdKtQ6yrBE

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