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Trump campaign files objection to Jill Stein’s ‘lawless, insulting’ Michigan recount

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The Donald Trump campaign Thursday filed an objection to Green Party candidate Jill Stein’s Michigan recount, calling the effort a “lawless, insulting request.”

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The filing tables any recount activity until the Board of Canvassers rules on the objection, the Detroit Free Press reports. That meeting is scheduled for 9:30 am Friday.

The objection accuses Stein of “disenfranchising Michigan citizens” by making “residents endure an expensive, time-consuming recount, and the scrutiny and hardship that comes with it.”

“In Stein’s mind, apparently, election results are deemed unreliable, and election officials are deemed corrupt or incompetent, until proven otherwise,” the objections reads. “Nonsense.”

Towards the end of his presidential campaign, Trump floated the unsubstantiated claim that fraud could hand the presidency to his rival Hillary Clinton, even suggesting he may not accept the outcome of the election. And just last week, the president-elect himself undermined faith in the electoral process, baselessly suggesting he would have won the popular vote were it not for the “millions of people who voted illegally.” Trump currently trails Clinton by 2.5 million votes nationwide.

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Despite his fears of voter fraud, the Donald Trump for President campaign insists a recount in Michigan is not only unnecessary, but unlawful. “Michigan should not grant this lawless, insulting request, and its voters should not risk having the Electoral College door knocked off its hinges, all because a 1-percent candidate is dissatisfied with the election’s outcome,” the objection reads.

The Trump campaign added that by contesting votes in Michigan, as well as in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, Stein is “sow[ing] doubts regarding the legitimacy of the presidential election.”

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Mick Mulvaney is Trump’s new fall guy on corruption — and Republicans just play along

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It's getting increasingly more difficult to keep track of all the new impeachable acts President Trump commits every day. And perhaps even more difficult to imagine the most outrageous thing he can do that the Republican Party would still defend.

This article first appeared in Salon.

It took almost two weeks, but the White House has finally admitting what everyone knew from day one: Trump demanded a quid pro quo from the Ukrainian government before releasing military aid authorized by Congress. Republicans have been denying the obvious, remaining willfully blind to a brazen scheme. That suddenly seems quaint, now that acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney has confessed on live television that there was a quid pro quo.

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The week Donald Trump’s presidency crashed and burned — and Republicans noticed

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It feels as though every week during the Trump administration is a year and every year a decade. Every day there is a crisis or an outrage or a revelation that takes your breath away. But the underlying dynamics always seem to be the same no matter what. The press reports the story, the Democrats get outraged, the pundits analyze it, the president rages and then Fox and the Republicans all line up like a bunch of robots and salute smartly. Then we reset until the next crisis, outrage or revelation. It's an exhausting cycle that never seems to get us anywhere and it's bred a fatalistic response in many of us: "Nothing matters."

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Turkish president threatens US over Trump’s insulting letter: ‘When the time comes necessary steps will be taken’

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an on Friday warned the United States that it would pay a price for the letter send by President Donald Trump that warned him that history "will look upon you forever as the devil if good things don't happen" in northern Syria.

The letter, which also advised Erdo?an to not "be a tough guy" or "a fool," was widely ridiculed in the media for sounding childish. Erdo?an, however, said on Friday that he took the president's letter as a serious insult to his stature as a world leader.

As reported by the BBC's Jon Sopel, Erdo?an called out the president's letter for being out of line with standard diplomatic protocol, and he suggested his country would not forget how the president showed them such little respect.

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