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Mark Cuban: Trump can’t stop White House leaks because he ‘cocoons’ himself from dissenters

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Appearing on CNN’s The Lead, billionaire businessman Mark Cuban suggested that – for all of his negotiating skills — President Donald Trump is a lousy communicator who forces White House insiders to leak information to the press when they disagree with him.

“Let’s talk about the Trump administration,” host Tapper asked. “You obviously were a big supporter of Hillary Clinton. We’re about seven weeks into the Trump administration. What do you think?”

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“No leadership skills, no communication skills, but he’s obviously had an impact on the economy so he gets credit for that,” Cuban replied.

“Let’s talk about, you said no leadership skills, no management skills, no communication skills,” Tapper pressed. “Let’s start with leadership skills. Where are his leadership skills wanting in your view?”

“You look at the leaks from the White House,” Cuban replied. ” Any organization — I’ve been in take-over scenarios — companies I’ve purchased where there’s been bad culture, right? You have to sit down and, where people disagree with you, you’ve got to say ‘Look, there’s going to be issues but let’s discuss this. Let’s communicate so you don’t have to communicate with the public. If you have a problem, have that problem with me, tell me and let’s resolve it.'”

“That’s not what he’s done,” he continued. “When you don’t communicate you cocoon yourself that’s where you get leak issues. I’ve heard stories from the technology industry, they were leading people out in plastic handcuffs. They thought they leaked. They said, ‘You’re fired. We’ll take your stuff.'”

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Watergate’s John Dean thinks Trump wrote part of his legal team’s brief — because it’s so terrible

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Former White House counsel for Richard Nixon, John Dean, explained that the legal brief out of President Donald Trump's White House was so bad that it had to have been dictated by Trump himself.

Saturday evening, Trump's legal team, chaired by Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow and White House counsel Pat Cipollone, filed their own form of a legal brief that responded to the case filed by Democrats ahead of Tuesday's impeachment trial.

The document called the proceedings “constitutionally invalid” and claims House Democrats are staging a “dangerous attack” with a “brazen and unlawful attempt to overturn the results of the 2016 election and interfere with the 2020 election.”

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WATCH: Prince Harry explains why he and Meghan are leaving the royal family — but promises ‘a life of service’

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Prince Harry posted a video from an HIV/AIDS fundraiser his mother once supported, where he explained his methodology for leaving his profile role as a royal.

"I will continue to be the same man who holds his country dear," said Harry.

He went on to say that he doesn't intend to walk away and he certainly won't walk away from his causes and interests. "We intend to live a life of service."

In the speech, he thanked those who took him under their wing in the absence of his mother

"I hope you can understand that it's what it had come to," he said for why their family intends to step back.

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‘You cannot expect anything but fascism’: Pedagogy theorist on how Trump ‘legitimated a culture of lying, cruelty and a collapse of social responsibility’

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The impeachment of Donald Trump appears to be a crisis without a history, at least a history that illuminates, not just comparisons with other presidential impeachments, but a history that provides historical lessons regarding its relationship to a previous age of tyranny that ushered in horrors associated with a fascist politics in the 1930s.  In the age of Trump, history is now used to divert and elude the most serious questions to be raised about the impeachment crisis. The legacy of earlier presidential impeachments, which include Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton, provide a comparative historical context for analysis and criticism. And while Trump’s impeachment is often defined as a more serious constitutional crisis given his attempt to use the power of the presidency to advance his personal political agenda, it is a crisis that willfully ignores the conditions that gave rise to Trump’s presidency along with its recurring pattern of authoritarian behavior, policies, and practices.  One result is that the impeachment process with its abundance of political theater and insipid media coverage treats Trump’s crimes as the endpoint of an abuse of power and an illegal act, rather than as a political action that is symptomatic of a long legacy of conditions that have led to the United States’ slide into the abyss of authoritarianism.

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