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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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House Republicans have 3 key defenses of Trump’s Ukraine extortion campaign — and they’re all terrible

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To any halfway objective observer, the first day of public hearings in House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry, which are ongoing as of this writing, have not gone well for Trump’s defenders.

Bill Taylor, the top US ambassador in Kyiv, and veteran State Department official George Kent came off as principled and non-partisan as they delivered damning testimony about the Trump regime’s multifaceted campaign to coerce the Ukrainian government to announce an investigation into fringe right-wing conspiracy theories designed to deflect blame for interfering in the 2016 election from Russia and onto Ukraine.

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Progressives hilariously ridicule Donald Trump Jr.’s new book with their own Trump triggers #TriggerDonaldTrumpJr

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President Donald Trump's eldest child and namesake has published a book about liberals he says are "triggered" by conservatives. Ironically, it seems Donald Trump Jr. is the one who seems to be triggered by the reception he's getting from some on his book tour.

The hashtag, #TriggerDonaldTrumpJr has nothing to do with Jr's new book, rather it's progressives using his book title to mock the Trump child. Internet users were torn between mocking the young Trump for desperately trying to get his father's attention, scrambling to seem relevant, trying to launch his own political career, trying to make his own money and so much more.

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‘Blather and hysteria’: Conservative columnist explains why GOP anti-impeachment ‘antics’ just crashed and burned

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Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, Rep. Devin Nunes of California and other House Republicans were clearly trying to rally the Trumpian base on Wednesday, when the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump offered its first public testimony. Jordan and Nunes aggressively tried to discredit the inquiry and the two witnesses who testified: diplomat William B. Taylor (U.S. ambassador to Ukraine) and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George P. Kent. But conservative Washington Post opinion writer Jennifer Rubin, in a Wednesday column, stressed that House Republicans — for all their “antics and conspiracy theories” — failed to show why Trump shouldn’t be impeached, while House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff and other House Democrats showed why he should.

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