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Rob Reiner: Trump’s campaign is ‘the last throes of the Civil War’ fighting for white nationalism

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Director and activist Rob Reiner unloaded on GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump on Sunday morning, comparing his campaign to the last gasp of the Confederacy fighting for white nationalism.

Appearing on MSNBC’s AM Joy with host Joy Reid, the two watched a mash-up of clips from Trump’s speeches interspersed with the bigoted ramblings of All in the Family’s Archie Bunker, before noting the almost word-for-word similarities between the presidential nominee and television racist.

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Pointing out that racial issues that flared up in the ’60s and ’70s had become “submerged” since that time, Reiner took Trump to task for “giving a bullhorn to this racist idea.”

“I believe that what we’ve done, what we’ve seen, is the last throes of the Civil War,” Reiner explained. “We’re fighting the last battles, and Donald Trump is leading the way for white nationalism. And it’s sad because people are hanging on to this idea of a white America, immigrant-free America. It’s scary and sad, but I believe we will win it.”

Asked “What is the worst case scenario” of a Trump presidency, Reiner didn’t miss a beat.

“The worst case scenario is the Supreme Court,” Reiner replied. “People don’t talk about it all that much because it’s not a sexy issue. But the fact of the matter is, if he has one, two, three appointments, that could change the direction of this country in a scary way for thirty, forty years. And we’re talking about civil rights, voting rights. We’re talking about women’s rights, all of these things could be effected by the Supreme Court in a profound way.”

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“As far as the economy is concerned, what makes you think he’s going to be able to handle the economy?” he continued. “He’s been a complete and utter failure as a businessman.”

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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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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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