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Ex-Justice Dept spokesman: Sean Spicer ‘should have resigned’ instead of lying at first press conference

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Former Justice Department spokesman Brian Fallon told CNN’s Brian Stelter on Sunday that Pres. Trump’s press secretary Sean Spicer should have resigned his post rather than carry out the order to devote his first press conference to an outright falsehood.

“If yesterday’s briefing is any indication, this is somebody who is going to put his standing with his boss ahead of his integrity,” Fallon said.

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“I think it’s very clear that he went out yesterday and told a fundamental untruth, he told a lie, and we shouldn’t beat around the bush about it,” he continued.

At a Saturday evening press conference — Spicer’s first ever from the White House briefing room — the newly minted press secretary said of Friday’s inauguration, “This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration — period.”

“We can infer motive here,” Fallon said, pointing out that Trump himself made media reports of crowd size the centerpiece of his speech on Saturday morning at CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia.

“Then Sean Spicer went out and doubled down on that,” he said, “so there was clear intent, it was a lie. It should be called a lie. And if he was placed in a position by Reince Priebus or his boss Donald Trump to go and tell a lie to the American people, he should have resigned rather than go out and take the podium.”

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After Trump: No free pass for Republicans — they own this nightmare

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With the impeachment inquiry leveling up this month as public hearings begin, and with an election that might actually be the end of Donald Trump now less than a year away, the campaign to let Trump's Republican allies — even the most villainous offenders — move on and pretend this never happened is already underway.

This article first appeared in Salon.

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As climate crisis-fueled fires rage, fears grow of an ‘uninhabitable’ California

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As activist Bill McKibben put it, "We've simply got to slow down the climate crisis."

With wildfires raging across California on Wednesday—and with portions of the state living under an unprecedented "Extreme Red Flag Warning" issued by the National Weather Service due to the severe conditions—some climate experts are openly wondering if this kind of harrowing "new normal" brought on by the climate crisis could make vast regions of the country entirely uninhabitable.

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‘A profound emoluments clause violation’: Andrew Napolitano slams Trump’s hosting the G7 at Doral

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In the wake of acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney's announcement this Thursday that next year's G7 summit will be hosted at President Trump's Doral golf club, Fox News senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano pointed out that Trump would be violating the emoluments clause if he were to go through with the move.

At the outset of the segment, Fox Business Network anchor Neil Cavuto said that the announcement is "effectively saying the president has given himself this contract."

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