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Robert Reich: Kellyanne Conway’s ‘utterly hapless’ Bowling Green lie shows ‘facts no longer matter’

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Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway is getting slammed from all sides after she cited a nonexistent massacre committed by Iraqi refugees in Bowling Green, Ken. to justify President Donald Trump’s travel ban from seven Muslim-majority countries.

In a new Facebook post, Robert Reich slammed Conway and other “utterly hapless” Trump surrogates for trying to defend the travel ban despite having no “coherent arguments or talking points or even facts.”

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Reich then goes through the litany of falsehoods the Trump administration has used to justify its travel ban: The aforementioned terrorist attack in Bowling Green that never happened; the false claim that Trump’s refugee policy is similar to a policy that former President Barack Obama enacted in 2011, despite the fact that “there was never a point during the Obama administration when Iraqi resettlement was stopped or banned”; and citing the 2015 San Bernardino massacre as justification for the ban, despite the fact that the ban wouldn’t have stopped either perpetrator from entering the country.

In conclusion, Reich says that the Trump team cannot think of a single real justification for its travel ban — but he also finds himself wondering whether they will pay any price for perpetuating falsehoods.

“Is this just carelessness, or are have the Trumpists simply decided facts no longer matter?” he asks.

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Legal scholar exposes the strange ‘missing link’ in Rudy Giuliani’s debunked Ukraine conspiracy theory

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Ryan Goodman, a professor at New York University School of Law, has written a new article with NYU colleague Alex Potcovaru exposing the direct link between President Donald Trump's request to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and to investigate a debunked conspiracy theory pinning the blame on Ukraine for interfering in the 2016 presidential election.

Writing at Just Security, Goodman and Potcovaru examine past statements made by Giuliani both on cable news shows and on social media, and have discovered that Giuliani's efforts to get Ukraine to probe the 2016 election are also an effort to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden.

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Trump Organization boasts about India towers just days after Eric Trump says family doesn’t do international business

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The Trump Organization undermined Eric Trump's lie about the president's family ending its international business dealings.

President Donald Trump's second son falsely claimed last week to Fox News host Laura Ingraham that he and his siblings "got out of all international business" after their father took office.

"The difference between us and Hunter (Biden) is, when my father became commander in chief of this country, we got out of all international business," Eric Trump said.

However, the Trump Organization run by Eric Trump and his older brother Donald Trump Jr. sent out a tweet Monday morning promoting the Trump Towers in Pune, India.

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Trump wants to ‘wash his hands of responsibility for the Kurds’: US official tells NBC News

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A source reportedly told NBC News on Monday that President Donald Trump wants to "wash his hands of responsibility for the Kurds."

NBC correspondent Richard Engel reported the remarks on Monday morning.

"US officials tell me Trump wants to wash his hands of responsibility for the Kurds," Engel wrote on Twitter. "The US mil/gov gave Kurds REPEATED assurances of protection. US even asked Kurds to REMOVE defenses BEFORE the Turkish offensive. Kurds complied and now being displaced. WH says not our problem."

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US officials tell me Trump wants to wash his hands of responsibility for the Kurds. The US mil/gov gave Kurds REPEATED assurances of protection. US even asked Kurds to REMOVE defenses BEFORE the Turkish offensive. Kurds complied and now being displaced. WH says not our problem.

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