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Paul Ryan refuses to embrace Julian Assange: He’s a ‘sycophant for Russia’

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Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WA) addressed the surge of support among Republicans for Julian Assange, calling the WikiLeaks founder a “sycophant for Russia.”

“He leaks, he steals data and compromises national security,” Ryan said on Wednesday’s “Hugh Hewitt Show.”

Ryan’s dismissal of Assange is in contrast with other Republican leaders. After watching Fox News’ Sean Hannity interview Assange on Tuesday night, former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin apologized to the WikiLeaks founder, praising him for “exposing” the Left’s “atrocious actions” and the “media collusion that hid what many on the Left have been supporting.”

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Trump also responded to Hannity’s Assange interview with criticism against Democrats, arguing on Twitter Wednesday morning: “Julian Assange said ‘a 14 year old could have hacked Podesta’ – why was DNC so careless? Also said Russians did not give him the info!”

Ryan declined to comment on Trump’s pro-Assange comment, insisting, “the last thing I’m going to do is start commenting on every little tweet or Facebook post. That is just not what I do with the president-elect or when he’s president.” “I think he has not received his Russia briefing yet,” he continued.

“I believe that is scheduled for Friday, so hopefully he’ll get to up to speed on what has been happening and what Russia has or has not done. And he’ll be better informed on that.”

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Trump has been reluctant to accept the intelligence community’s consensus that Russia hacked the DNC in an effort to sway the election. The president-elect is scheduled to receive a briefing on the Russian hacking Friday, though he’s also begun sowing doubts over the validity of that brief.

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According to NBC News, the Russia briefing was always scheduled to be delivered to Trump Friday. One senior intelligence official told NBC News Trump’s tweet alleging a delay is “adversarial.”


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Trump takes his COVID-spreader show to Omaha — in search of a key electoral vote

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Donald Trump’s super-spreader campaign rallies generally don’t matter in the big picture of things. But there’s one happening this evening that’s a little different.

Trump will be taking over a ramp at 7:30 p.m. at Omaha’s Eppley Airfield. It is being billed as an outdoor event with “strong precautions” in place to prevent the spread of a pandemic disease that the main speaker will be telling his audience is fake news. And they’re hoping to draw 10,000 potential pandemic patients.

The reason Trump is in Omaha is the same one that President Barack Obama was there in 2008: a recognition that the Nebraska 2nd congressional district’s one electoral vote could literally decide the fate of the free world. Nebraska and Maine are the only two states that portion delegates in part by congressional districts.

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Trump’s lenders forgave hundreds of millions in debt — but he paid virtually no taxes on it: NYT

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On Tuesday, The New York Times released the latest in a lengthy series about their findings within President Donald Trump's tax returns — this time, how he managed to punt or avoid millions of dollars in debt from constructing the Trump Tower in Chicago, while still not paying taxes on the amount he was forgiven.

"The president’s federal income tax records, obtained by The New York Times, show for the first time that, since 2010, his lenders have forgiven about $287 million in debt that he failed to repay. The vast majority was related to the Chicago project," reported David Enrich, Russ Buettner, Mike McIntire, and Susanne Craig. "How Mr. Trump found trouble in Chicago, and maneuvered his way out of it, is a case study in doing business the Trump way."

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Militia leader denies that flying a Confederate flag is racist in NBC News exposé

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On MSNBC's Deadline White House Tuesday, correspondent Cal Perry spoke with a militia leader in Kentucky who denied that carrying a Confederate flag was a form of racism.

"There are photos of you carrying Confederate flags," Perry said.

"Some people don't. People in my group are Puerto Rico, Blacks, Cubans, I've got a mixture," said Tara Brandau of the National Patriotic Defense Team militia.

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