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‘Outright cowardice’: Dan Rather rails against Trump and the sycophants who enable him

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Veteran newsman Dan Rather was speechless over the weekend after President Donald Trump claimed former President Barack Obama wiretapped him in Trump Tower. But, Rather did say that the unhinged tweets at 6:30 a.m. are indicative of an “administration in freefall.”

In a Monday Facebook post, Rather explained that the “real Donald Trump has stood up,” and is on full display to the American people as the Commander-in-Chief. The days when Trump could stand before Congress and read a teleprompter like a responsible leader are gone, according to Rather. What it has replaced it is “a punchline to a joke no one wants to have told.”

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“Every one who normalizes Mr. Trump now, or has in the past, will have to answer to future generations for their acquiescence, silence or sophistry—if, indeed, not outright cowardice,” he warned.

Rather named each of the times Trump has wielded a conspiracy theory so irrational that few sought to investigate. He went on to blame anyone that benefits from Trump and his unsubstantiated claims.

“Those who cynically use his presidency to push forward unpopular giveaways to the rich and well-connected bear responsibility,” he wrote. “Those in the press who meet insults with explanations bear responsibility.”

Rather said that many presidents fight to keep themselves in “the real world” and outside the bubble of the Oval Office, “but I have never seen anything like this.”

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“Power attracts sycophants and cynics,” Rather wrote. “The sheer level of paranoia that is radiating out of the White House is untenable to the workings of a republic.”

He’s further concerned if Trump actually believes what he tweets. According to Rather, even former President Richard Nixon, “the most paranoid president to date,” managed to lead the country with a calm and measured hand. This administration, however, seems to have gone into a bizarre “whirlwind” since taking office. If reports are true, Trump is even getting worse.

“There is a growing consensus that the President may be ‘unhinged,'” Rather wrote. “It’s a serious allegation, but even if it is not the case, Mr. Trump only has himself to blame.’

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It’s Shakespearean in its level of drama, according to Rather. He even predicts that artists of the future might even write their own versions of epic tales using Trump as a guide.

But, while Trump is hoping for a distraction, Rather thinks he misjudges the American people.

“We have woken,” Rather closed. “We are paying attention. And we love our country too much to let it falter without a fight.”

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Millions around the world joined #ClimateStrike — demanding bold climate action

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Masses of children skipped school Friday to join a global strike against climate change that teen activist Greta Thunberg said was "only the beginning" in the fight against environmental disaster.

Some four million people filled city streets around the world, organizers said, in what was billed as the biggest ever protest against the threat posed to the planet by rising temperatures.

Youngsters and adults alike chanted slogans and waved placards in demonstrations that started in Asia and the Pacific, spread across Africa, Europe and Latin America, before culminating in the United States where Thunberg rallied.

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Trump announces new sanctions on Iran — and deploys US troops to the Middle East

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The United States announced Friday that it was sending military reinforcements to the Gulf region following attacks on Saudi oil facilities that it attributes to Iran, just hours after President Donald Trump ordered new sanctions on Tehran.

Trump said the sanctions were the toughest-ever against another country, but indicated he did not plan a military strike, calling restraint a sign of strength.

The Treasury Department renewed action against Iran's central bank after US officials said Tehran carried out weekend attacks on rival Saudi Arabia's oil infrastructure, which triggered a spike in global crude prices.

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‘Do a lot of stupid sh*t as quickly as possible’: Ambassador Power breaks down ’The Trump Doctrine’

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The former ambassador to the United Nations explained "The Trump Doctrine" during a Friday evening interview with comedian Bill Maher on HBO's "Real Time."

Samantha Power, the author of the new book, The Education of an Idealist, was asked by Maher about the foreign policy mantra of the Obama administration.

"Obama's foreign policy doctrine was famously summarized as 'don't do stupid sh*t," Maher noted. "Trump's, of course, is 'Do stupid sh*t.'"

"Do stupid sh*t as quickly as possible," Power clarified.

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