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Shep Smith ‘can’t think of anything more damning’ than today’s news about Manafort and Page

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Fox News anchor Shepard Smith blasted two former Trump associates on Wednesday, foreign policy adviser Carter Page and former campaign manager Paul Manafort.

On Wednesday the FBI announced that it obtained a FISA warrant during the summer of 2016 to monitor Page’s communications. The agency felt it had ample evidence that Page was working for the Russian government’s interests.

“At the time, Carter Page was an adviser to presidential candidate Donald Trump,” Smith said at the beginning of this Wednesday broadcast. “The feds obtained a warrant after convincing a judge that there was probable cause to believe that Carter Page was acting as an agent on behalf of Russia.”

“I can’t think of anything much more damning than this,” Smith said, given how difficult it is to get a warrant to spy on a U.S. citizen.

Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort registered as a Russian agent on Wednesday after months of speculation about his relationship with the Russian government and the pro-Putin regime of now-ousted Ukraine Pres. Viktor Yanukovych.

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Manafort’s name was found among documents seized by the anti-corruption investigation against Yanukovych in Ukraine. He reportedly received millions of dollars in payments from Yanukovych’s organization as well as from the Russian government.

“But the payments came years before Paul Manafort became involved in Trump’s campaign,” Smith said. “So the question is: Had he been a sort of foreign agent for years? And still while working for Trump?”

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Republicans are ‘too cowardly’ to stand up for the morals they claim to have: Conservative columnist

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Conservative Washington Post writer Max Boot called out Republicans for being more than willing to compromise their moral and "family" values for President Donald Trump.

In a Wednesday column, Boot said that GOP "scruples have eroded faster than the polar ice cap." There's the matter of the "Access Hollywood" tape, the race-baiting, xenophobia and now there's the matter of Jeffrey Epstein. But it was just four lone members who were willing to denounce Trump's order to four Congresswomen of color to go back to the country they came from.

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Trump thinks impeachment is over after House vote

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Following a vote by the Democratic House to table an effort by Rep. Al Green (D-TX) to approve articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, the president gloatingly told reporters "that's the end of it," and mocked the resolution as a "ridiculous project."

"The House of Representatives rejecting a bid to launch impeachment proceedings against President Trump, and President Trump declaring victory," reported CNN's Erin Burnett. "Telling reporters seconds ago 'We've just received an overwhelming vote against impeachment, and that's the end of it.' He went on to call it the 'most ridiculous project.' Riding high now over how the whole saga over his racist tweets is playing out."

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This explains why Trump picked a fight with the four Congresswomen of color: analysis

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On one hand, President Donald Trump almost certainly chose to mark out Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) because of his own deep-seated racism.

But there is likely another reason he is doing it, wrote Aaron Blake of the Washington Post's "The Fix" on Wednesday: because his core voters hate them as much as he does.

Blake cited a new The Economist/YouGov poll of 2016 Trump voters' opinions on several politicians. "As you peruse it, it becomes clear that the conventional wisdom about why Trump picked these targets is right: They were ripe for motivating the GOP base ... All of them are better known among Republicans than Democrats, which suggests that a steady stream of coverage in conservative media has elevated them as potential Democratic bogeywomen. Trump is tilling fertile soil. And in fact, they might already be his most effective foils."

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