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‘Zero chance’: CNN’s Chris Cuomo slams GOP lawmaker’s call to ‘move on’ from Flynn

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A Trump administration surrogate urged the media to “move on” past the Michael Flynn resignation on CNN, before many Americans were probably even aware the national security advisor had stepped down.

The retired general resigned shortly before 11 p.m. Monday over his possibly illegal dealings with Russian officials, and subsequent lies about them. Eight hours later, Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) told CNN’s Chris Cuomo the story had already faded too far into the past to remain relevant.

“I live in the world, we move on from here,” Collins said. “I’m not going to be one nor hope others will dwell on the situation or pile on, to use another term, I think it’s just time to move on and find the replacement.”

Cuomo immediately pressed Collins to explain why top Republicans, such as House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, hadn’t commented on Flynn’s resignation, after the outgoing official admitted he had misled White House officials about his dealings with Russia.

“Well, (it’s) Valentine’s Day, and I guess they’re having breakfasts with their wives,” Collins said.

Cuomo explained to the GOP lawmaker that reporters would not likely heed his advice to “move on.”

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“Congressman, there is zero chance that we’re going to move until the answers to the questions that present (themselves) at least get noticed from the White House,” Cuomo said, as the lawmaker chuckled. “They wouldn’t even take questions this morning. The White House hasn’t taken questions from an open organization in days.”

Cuomo asked Collins, the first congressman to endorse Trump, whether he believed anyone else in the White House knew what Flynn was up to, although he said it was virtually impossible that the national security advisor acted completely on his own.

“I believe that was Gen. Flynn’s decision to have the conversation he had,” Collins said. “As to who knew what, if somebody was intercepting that phone call and listening in, that’s something that certainly has been suggested. But the details of it I certainly — I have no knowledge of.”

Cuomo said the Justice Department, under acting attorney general Sally Yates, intercepted Flynn’s conversation and revealed what he’d said to the Russian ambassador about removing sanctions.

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“They knew he discussed sanctions with his Russian counterpart at the same time that the Russian president mysteriously decided not to act the way it does every time in exchange with the United States,” Cuomo said. “The United States kicked out some spies, closed down a couple of these safe houses that Russia had — usually they respond. But not this time. You have no questions about who knew. You have no curiosity even though it deals with the heart of national security?”

Collins admitted he wasn’t curious at all.

“Well, to be honest, I just live in a world where I always move forward,” Collins said. “In a busy world, you don’t dwell in the past.”

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QAnon authors in a fight over doing an audiobook — because they think their followers can’t read

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On Monday, The Daily Beast reported that the authors of a popular book for believers in the QAnon conspiracy theory are in a bitter fight over whether or not to release an audiobook version.

QAnon: An Invitation to The Great Awakening came out last year and peaked near the top of the Amazon bestseller list in March. One of the book's co-authors, Dustin Nemos, is publicly attacking another co-author, who goes by the name of "JoeM," for his "petty and hostile and paranoid" refusal to help produce an audiobook, and notes that it is necessary because a disproportionate number of QAnon believers are elderly, have bad eyesight, and may not be able to read the book as text. JoeM, for his part, has accused Nemos of being a "grifter" who is trying to make a buck off of true believers.

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Missouri governor appoints judge who fundraised for crisis pregnancy center to help decide Planned Parenthood’s license

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On Monday, the Associated Press reported that Gov. Mike Parson (R-MO) has appointed former Macon County Associate Circuit Judge Philip Prewitt to the Administrative Hearing Commission, a state agency that oversees disputes between the state and organizations seeking licensure.

Prewitt, a former Republican candidate for office, once fundraised on Facebook for Ray of Hope Pregnancy Care Ministeries, a "crisis pregnancy center" that masquerades as a health care facility in order to trick women seeking abortions into listening to anti-abortion propaganda. In 2015, the Missouri Supreme Court reprimanded Prewitt for the post encouraging people to donate, saying that it violated judicial ethics rules.

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Trump being a ‘compulsive liar and erratic ignoramus’ is why he failed on Iran: Conservative columnist

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President Donald Trump's highly-criticized decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal has resulted as was warned, with the country reviving its nuclear program, a conservative columnist explained in The Washington Post on Monday.

Conservative Max Boot took a victory lap in the hard-hitting column, reminding that he had signed a March 2016 letter by 121 Republican foreign policy analysts warning about Trump's approach.

"I wish we had been wrong, but we were all too right," Boot wrote.

"Trump has shown no ability to grow in office; but then it’s hard to learn if you all you read is Fox News chyrons. He is today the same compulsive liar and erratic ignoramus he was at the start of the 2016 campaign," Boot said. "Only now, the stakes are much higher."

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