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Dan Rather slams Bannon’s media attack: ‘We’re not going to shut up — now answer the damn question’

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Dan Rather sounded an alarm about President Donald Trump and his administration’s relationship with the press during an appearance on “The Tonight Show.”

The longtime CBS News anchor has become a social media sage in recent months, sharing his experience in the media business to help younger readers put the Trump campaign and administration into perspective.

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“No, I haven’t seen anything like it, and neither has anybody else,” Rather told host Jimmy Fallon. “We’ve never had anything approaching this.”

He urged reporters to remain focused on the White House in the face of attacks by administration officials, including the president himself, and their supporters on social media.

“Stay steady, stay respectful,” Rather said. “But also, be relentless and remain aggressive. That’s the proper role of the press.”

Rather appeared troubled by a challenge issued by Trump’s chief strategist, who described journalists as “the opposition party” and urged the media to “keep its mouth shut.”

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“Steve Bannon recently said, almost directly, ‘the press needs to shut up,'” Rather said. “Well, our answer to that has to be, ‘With respect, sir, no, we’re not going to shut up. Now answer the damn question.'”

Rather said Trump’s ban on travelers from some majority-Muslim nations damaged the United States’ reputation and provided “fuel to our enemies,” but he urged Americans to resist.

“Don’t get afraid, don’t be scared — that’s the natural inclination,” Rather said. “Organize and get to the polls, try to find common ground. That’s the way we come together.”

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‘Morrison in the USA sucking up to Trump’: Aussies furious to see prime minister campaigning for Trump

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President Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison appeared at a rally in Ohio Sunday, prompting Aussies to complain that it's unacceptable for their leader to be campaigning for Trump.

Trump invited himself to a Houston, Texas rally with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, where he tried to campaign for the U.S. president with Indian-American voters. Sadly, however, nearly 80 percent of Indian-American voters cast their ballots for Hillary Clinton in 2016.

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Republicans love the Constitution — until it applies to them: Conservative columnist

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Conservative Washington Post columnist Max Boot unleashed on President Donald Trump's latest scandal he's calling Ukraine-gate. But when it comes to Republicans, he called them outright complicit.

In his Sunday column, Boot noted that a mob boss doesn't have to overtly say “pay up, or we will destroy your store” to be guilty of extortion. In Trump's case, he tends to say things in a way that it is understood what he wants people to do, according to former "fixer" Michael Cohen.

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Hate for Trump sets new record of Americans who can’t stand a president

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A new poll shows a record number of Americans can't stand the president of the United States.

According to the most recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal public opinion poll, an astounding 69 percent of Americans don't like Trump personally.

During the early 2000s, President George W. Bush enjoyed the benefit of Americans finding him likable and wanting to "have a beer" with the sober leader. That measure of "likability" has been a kind of inspiration for political leaders searching for voters based not on issues but on personality.

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