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Embattled National Security Adviser Michael Flynn resigns: CNN

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National Security Advisor Mike Flynn resigned on Monday after it was revealed he lied about discussing impending sanctions against the Russian government, CNN reports.

On Dec. 29, 2016—the same day then-president Barack Obama announced sanctions against Russia for its interference the 2016 U.S. presidential elections—Flynn spoke with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Despite denying that any conversation regarding impending sanctions took place (a denial parroted by Vice President Mike Pence), subsequent reports indicate the National Security Advisor did indeed discuss them with the Russian official.

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Conflicting reports emerged Monday as the White House tried to temper calls for an investigation into Flynn’s actions. In an interview on MSNBC, counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway insisted the National Security Advisor enjoys “the full confidence” of Trump.

About an hour later, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer walked back Conway’s claim, releasing a statement saying the president was “evaluating the situation.”

In his resignation letter, Flynn insisted he “inadvertently briefed the Vice President Elect and others with incomplete information” regarding his phone call with the Russian ambassador.

Read the whole resignation letter below, via Time’s Zeke Milelr:

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Stephen Colbert rips ‘idiot’ GOP senator for defending Trump’s unconstitutional self-dealing

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"Late Show" host Stephen Colbert returned from New Zealand for a new show that aired Monday evening.

"I have been as far from the insatiable black hole of news that is Donald Trump as you can get on this planet.

I've heard there have been some developments over the last 10 days that did not go well for Donnie,"

The host ripped Trump's 71-minute press conference.

"Seventy-one minutes is not a press conference, it's a one man show," he explained. "If you liked 'Fleabag,' you'll love Donald Trump in 'Douchebag,'" he said.

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Texas Republicans are abandoning the state’s GOP Speaker: ‘We no longer support him’

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Some of the most powerful Texas House Republicans said Monday they no longer support GOP Speaker Dennis Bonnen, marking the biggest blow yet to his political future amid the fallout from a secret recording released last week by a hardline conservative activist.

Five Republicans considered senior members of the lower chamber issued a statement withdrawing support for him: State Reps. Four Price of Amarillo, Dan Huberty of Houston, Lyle Larson of San Antonio, Chris Paddie of Marshall and John Frullo of Lubbock.

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Donald Trump is making a mockery of Marco Rubio — and the Florida senator is letting him

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Sen. Marco Rubio was once one of Donald Trump’s most formidable opponents; now, the Florida senator bends over backward to excuse the president’s corruption.

In 2016, Rubio and Trump sparred frequently on the Republican primary debate stage. Trump picked the uninspired nickname “Little Marco” for the senator, which didn’t seem to do much damage on its own, but Rubio never gained the momentum or strength that his backers hoped would prove to be strong enough to take down the reality TV candidate. As Rubio grew desperate, he launched one of his most memorable and pitiful attacks by stooping to his opponent’s level, implying that Trump had a small penis. It was more of an embarrassing moment for Rubio than anyone else, though Trump helped himself with a crude rejoinder.

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