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Voice of America fears being turned into a propaganda outlet after Trump appoints campaign staff

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President Donald Trump “temporarily assigned” two campaign operatives to the Voice of America this week, sparking fears that he could turn the broadcasting agency into his own personal propaganda network.

The Trump administration gained control over the State Department-run VOA just weeks after Congress voted to eliminate its board of directors and turned over its administration to a chief executive position appointed by the president, reported MSNBC.

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Matthew Ciepielowski and Matthew Schuck, who worked for the Trump campaign in New Hampshire and Wisconsin, visited the Broadcasting Board of Governors on Monday to discuss VOA’s hand-over to the Trump administration.

Their visit, along with the restructuring of VOA oversight, has raised concerns that the former reality TV star might politicize the broadcast network for his own benefit.

The board of governors has an annual budget of $800 million to operate Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, Radio Free Asia and the Middle East Broadcast Networks.

VOA is subsidized by the U.S. government, but its overseas broadcasts have traditionally remained nonpartisan and promoted American-style democracy throughout the world.

A previous chairman of that board of governors, Kenneth Tomlinson, resigned in 2005 after a State Department investigation found that he’d run a horse-racing operation from his office and improperly put a friend on the payroll.

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Tomlinson got that job during the George W. Bush administration after a controversial tenure at the Corporation for Public Broadcaster.

He also was accused of politicizing the board by suppressing reports due to perceived “liberal bias” and purging political enemies from the agency.


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‘Absolute immunity:’ Kayleigh McEnany claims Trump has monarch-like powers despite Supreme Court ruling

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White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Thursday said that President Donald Trump continues to believe that he has "absolute immunity" from prosecution despite a Supreme Court ruling that said otherwise.

At a White House briefing, McEnany argued that a high court ruling which gives prosecutors the right to subpoena Trump's financial records is actually a "win for the president."

"The president was making general point about deference and on the principal of absolute immunity," she explained. "He believes there should have been more deference [to him by the court]."

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Trump’s is appealing to an electorate that is ‘dissolving before his eyes’: columnist

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Writing in The Atlantic this Thursday, Ronald Brownstein says that Donald Trump is running for reelection for an America that "no longer exists."

"Trump in recent weeks has repeatedly reprised two of Richard Nixon’s most memorable rallying cries, promising to deliver 'law and order' for the 'silent majority,'" Brownstein writes. "But in almost every meaningful way, America today is a radically different country than it was when Nixon rode those arguments to win the presidency in 1968 amid widespread anti-war protests, massive civil unrest following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., white flight from major cities, and rising crime rates. Trump’s attempt to emulate that strategy may only prove how much the country has changed since it succeeded."

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Trump is a friendless ‘psychopath’ who now sees Kavanaugh and Gorsuch as enemies: Art of the Deal ghostwriter

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Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch, who were nominated by Donald Trump, voted with the majority on Thursday against the president. Tony Schwartz, the ghostwriter behind “Trump: The Art of the Deal,” says that the president now views the two Supreme Court justices as his enemies.

“The psychopathy is why he does what he does,” Schwartz told CNN. “He has no conscience and so breaking the law for him is no big deal.”

The Supreme Court rejected claims by Trump's attorneys that the president enjoyed absolute immunity, but the rulings may still allow him to keep his financial records secret until after the November election.

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