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‘Darkness is good’: Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon compares himself to Dick Cheney and ‘Satan’

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Former Goldman Sachs executive and Breitbart.com executive Steve Bannon’s appointment as a top advisor to President-elect Donald Trump ignited a firestorm of controversy due to Bannon’s alleged alignments with white supremacists, anti-Semites and neo-Nazi white nationalists.

In an interview published Friday in The Hollywood Reporter, Bannon denied that he is a racist and said that his views are based in economics, not in racial politics, and that he loves being hated by liberals.

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“Darkness is good,” Bannon told the Reporter’s Micahel Wolff. “Dick Cheney. Darth Vader. Satan. That’s power.”

“I’m not a white nationalist, I’m a nationalist. I’m an economic nationalist,” he told Wolff, who described Bannon as dressing “like a grad student.” “The globalists gutted the American working class and created a middle class in Asia. The issue now is about Americans looking to not get f*cked over.”

Bannon said that the administration will push a “trillion-dollar infrastructure plan” and “rebuild everything. Ship yards, iron works, get them all jacked up.”

However, economists have noted that Trump’s economic policies — what we know of them — will hurt precisely the working poor people who voted for him. His tariff plans on Chinese goods will make consumer items more expensive. His plan to cut taxes for corporations and the wealthy will gut the treasury and force the curtailment of social services.

In the Reporter interview, Bannon went on to call his boss “the greatest orator since William Jennings Bryan,” whose “economic populist” message resonated with Americans who feel left behind by the government.

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Bannon, Wolff noted, will be working opposite consummate Republican Party insider Reince Priebus, who will be, Wolff said, “in charge of making the trains run on time” and “reporting to the president.”

It is an oft-repeated aphorism about Italian fascist dictator Benito Mussolini that — in spite of colluding with the Nazis, committing atrocities against the people of Italy and jailing and executing his political enemies — at least he “made the trains run on time.”

Historical fact, however, says that while Mussolini did in fact benefit from improvements to the Italian rail system that took place before he took office, under the fascists, Italian trains were no more or less prompt than they were prior to the dictator’s “March on Rome” in 1922.

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Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan to give up royal titles — ‘the hardest #Megxit possible’

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Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will give up their royal titles and public funding as part of a settlement with the Queen to start a new life away from the British monarchy.

The historic announcement from Buckingham Palace on Saturday follows more than a week of intense private talks aimed at managing the fallout of the globetrotting couple's shock resignation from front-line royal duties.

It means Queen Elizabeth II's grandson Harry and his American TV actress wife Meghan will stop using the titles "royal highness" -- the same fate that befell his late mother Princess Diana after her divorce from Prince Charles in 1996.

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GOP senator tells home-state press that impeachment trial must be ‘viewed as fair’: report

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Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) spoke to local reporters on Saturday about her role in the upcoming Donald Trump impeachment trial.

Murkowski explained she would likely vote with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on an initial vote on whether to allow witnesses. However, she left the door open to voting for witnesses after House impeachment managers make their opening case.

"I don't know what more we need until I have been given the base case," she said. "We will have that opportunity to say 'yes' or 'no' ... and if we say 'yes,' the floor is open."

Overall, Murkowski said it was important for the trial to been viewed as fair.

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White House press secretary urged to do her job: ‘We don’t pay you to be a Twitter troll’

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White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham was blasted on Saturday over the confusion resulting from her refusal to hold daily press briefings.

CNN senior media reporter Oliver Darcy was alarmed that Grisham's assistant, Hogan Gidley, was forcing reporters to refer to his remarks as coming from a "sources close to the President's legal team."

Darcy noted that Trump had repeatedly questioned the veracity of unnamed sources, making it problematic for Gidley to demand to be quoted as such.

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Grisham responded to the criticism and asked Darcy to "stop with the righteous indignation.

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