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Security analyst: Trump nominee Mike Flynn should step aside until Russia questions are resolved

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Security and intelligence expert Malcom Nance called for Pres. Donald Trump’s nominee for national security adviser Gen. Mike Flynn to step aside until questions about his connections to the Russian government are resolved.

Nance appeared on Saturday’s AM Joy to discuss the fact that Flynn appears to have lied about the extent of his contact with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak regarding the lifting of U.S. sanctions.

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Nance said that Flynn is far beyond the pale of what is normally considered acceptable for government employees of his rank.

“Any person in the United States who has a Top Secret or higher special access program clearance would have had their clearance pulled by now. They would be strapped to a polygraph getting a full lifestyle counter-intelligence polygraph and they would be cleaning their tail, as we say, to determine was this person misusing his position?”

“At a minimum,” Nance said, “he should lose his clearance.”

“For Flynn as a man of honor, he should step away and say, ‘Until this is cleared up, I shouldn’t have access to any more classifieds,'” Nance said.

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Betsy DeVos, Ben Carson send anti-trans signals to Trump’s evangelical base

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While Trump grabs headlines, his Cabinet members quietly use transphobia to shore up white evangelical support

The white evangelical vote is almost certainly a lock for Donald Trump in 2020, but it appears the president is taking no chances of losing this critical voting block. One major part of that strategy appears to be quietly deploying his Cabinet members, especially those associated with the Christian right, to generate stories highlighting the Trump administration's overt bigotry toward trans people, and its eagerness to deprive trans Americans of basic rights.

Just this week, both Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson snagged coverage by making community visits that were ostensibly for noble purposes, but were clearly meant to signal to Christian right voters their hostility to trans rights.

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Intelligence official directly contradicts Trump administration’s excuses for suppressing whistleblower

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A top official in the intelligence community has disputed the factual basis for the Trump administration’s suppression of a whistleblower complaint believed to regard the potential misconduct of the president himself, a new letter released Thursday revealed.

The letter was made public by House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA). He is locked into a fierce and potentially explosive dispute with an array of forces within the administration to obtain the complaint, which was made through proper channels by an intelligence official last month to the community’s inspector general. Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson determined that the complaint was “credible” and “urgent,” and subsequent reporting from the Washington Post found that it concerns a “promise” made by Trump in communication with a foreign leader.

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Longtime GOP strategist explains why his party is getting crushed in the war of ideas

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Republican strategist Stuart Stevens on Wednesday warned the GOP that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) might not be a pushover candidate against President Donald Trump in 2020.

Writing on Twitter, Stevens admitted that he had "no idea" if Warren would beat Trump next year, but he did say that "Trump and supporters are destroying [the] credibility of any center-right argument" thanks to Trump's "corrupt and unstable" governance.

When one of Stevens' followers said that Warren would not be able to fulfill her promises just by taxing the wealthy, he countered that this idea is still more popular than anything Republicans are championing.

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