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‘Bannon has to go or I’m gone:’ MSNBC’s Mika begs ‘great leaders’ to protect ‘this country from this president’

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MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski is worried President Donald Trump will lead the United States down a very dark path unless someone in his administration is willing to speak up.

She led a panel Tuesday on “Morning Joe” on the president’s latest version of his controversial travel ban, which was announced the day before by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly.

“Two of the three are clean and have great reputations and are great leaders and great men,” Brzezinski said, apparently leaving off the attorney general, who recused himself last week from the Russia investigation after reports showed he’d met secretly with that nation’s ambassador during the election campaign.

Brzezinski remains alarmed by Trump’s weekend tweets accusing his predecessor, Barack Obama, of ordering an illegal wiretap ahead of the election — although the president has offered no proof — and then asking Congress to investigate those baseless claims.

“I just don’t know why there’s nobody at the White House who doesn’t walk down the hall and say, ‘Mr. President, you can’t do this, this has to stop,'” she said. “Whoever this person is (should say), ‘Steve Bannon has to go or I’m gone.’ When does that happen? When does somebody do the right thing and protect their own reputation and this country from this president?”

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MSNBC political analyst Mike Barnicle pointed out that Trump has always tried to manipulate facts to create his own reality to promote himself as a celebrity and to demonstrate the success of Trump Organization.

“So in this situation, given what has happened just over the past three days, who in his party comes to his defense?” Barnicle wondered. “How do they defend him when he is really creating his own separate universe that maybe they don’t even understand?”

Jeremy Peters, the New York Times reporter, said Trump and his administration had conjured a universe of alternate facts, as White House adviser Kellyanne Conway infamously described their mistruths.

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“This is one of the more troubling developments for the truth in American political discourse right now, is that even when the facts are not on Donald Trump’s side, there are people around him — in talk radio, in conservative media, on Capitol Hill, in his own West Wing offices — who will create their own set of facts to back up whatever outrageous claim he has made,” Peters said.

Brzezinski said Trump has already badly damaged the reputation of both the U.S. and the office he holds, and she’s spoken with individuals in the diplomatic community who worry the president is gathering power in dangerous ways.

“They say we’re worried because this is how it starts, and it’s a very strong statement,” Brzezinski said. “But how when you have the president tweeting what he tweeted on Saturday morning, how do you not look at everything as perhaps marching toward an area where we don’t want to go? How do you not look at this travel ban as a part of venturing into territory that could be bleak and dangerous for our country?”


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Fox News hires former Trump spokesman as Senior Vice President: report

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The revolving door between the White House and Fox News was spinning on Friday as a former spokesman for President Donald Trump was hired by Fox News.

"A bit of news: Raj Shah, the former spokesman in the White House, is joining Fox as a senior Vice President," Washington Post White House correspondent Josh Dawsey reported on Friday.

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After Hope Hicks left her job as White House communications director, she was hired to lead corporate communications for New Fox, the parent company of Fox News.

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Here’s why President Trump’s explicit racism is an impeachable offense

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Without even waiting for former special counsel Robert Mueller to testify about President Donald Trump's obstruction of justice, Democrats are legally justified in acting now to impeach the president for his explicit racism, a civil rights activist argued on Friday.

Journalist and author Shaun King laid out his argument in a column published by The Intercept.

To make his argument, King explained the difference between implicit and explicit racism.

"Across the country, corporations and government agencies, including police departments, are offering a wave of what’s called 'implicit bias training.' The fundamental theory is that, in this country, otherwise well-meaning employees can be racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, or xenophobic in ways that they may not really even be aware of," he explained. "It’s the notion that people unknowingly or unconsciously discriminate against others."

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Former FBI Director James Comey outlines the burning questions he’d ask Robert Mueller

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Former FBI Director James Comey has written a lengthy post at the Lawfare blog outlining the most important questions that Democrats need to ask of former special counsel Robert Mueller.

Although many of the questions outlined by Comey are simply asking Mueller to rehash the findings of his final report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, he does ask some questions designed to get Mueller to offer up his own analysis of President Donald Trump's actions, such as, "Did you find substantial evidence that the president had committed obstruction of justice crimes?" and "Did you reach a judgment as to whether the president had committed obstruction of justice crimes?"

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