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NAACP civil rights group chief says he’s being fired

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The president of the NAACP said on Friday he was being dismissed after three years of leading the biggest U.S. civil rights organization as the group said it is seeking a more confrontational strategy against President Donald Trump.

Cornell Brooks, who also is the chief executive of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People since mid-2014, said the group’s chairman and vice chairman told him on Thursday that his contract would not be extended when it expired at the end of June.

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Brooks gave no reason for his dismissal. The NAACP said in a statement that its leadership would announce “an organization-wide refresh” on Friday.

“I’m disappointed and mystified,” Brooks said in a telephone interview.

Brooks said that, including interim leaders, he was at least the 10th head of the NAACP in 15 years.

“There’s been a revolving door of CEOs at the NAACP and this is a bad moment for it to be spinning,” he said.

NAACP Chairman Leon Russell and Vice Chairman Derrick Johnson told the New York Times the group needed to push back more effectively against Trump on issues such as voting rights, public education, environmental policy and the criminal justice system.

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Trump, a Republican, has appointed a commission to investigate voter fraud, a move critics say is aimed at suppressing voters. He also has proposed cuts in education spending and environmental enforcement and Attorney General Jeff Sessions has called for harsher sentencing against most criminals.

The NAACP has been a leader of U.S. civil rights since its founding in 1909. Its pre-eminence has been challenged by the Black Lives Matter movement that sprang up to protest police shootings of African Americans in recent years and by mass protests against Trump.

Brooks, a lawyer and minister, said membership and donations had increased during his tenure and NAACP lawyers had won nine court cases in 10 months over voter suppression.

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“It’s been two years and 11 months and in that time the NAACP has been unrelenting in our challenge to this administration and other opponents of civil rights,” he said.

(Reporting by Ian Simpson; Editing by Colleen Jenkins and Bill Trott)

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MSNBC analyst shreds GOP claim impeachment is an effort to change the 2016 election

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Republicans have claimed that the reason Democrats have sought impeachment, either from the Russia scandal to the Ukraine scandal, is that they want to unmake the 2016 election. Speaking to MSNBC Sunday, NYU Law Prof. Melissa Murray ripped the claim to shreds.

First, impeachment would only remove President Donald Trump is the Republican Senate voted to do so. If the president were removed, the new president wouldn't be Hillary Clinton; it would be Mike Pence, getting Democrats no victories other than upholding the rule of law.

"As these proceedings go away, there is building support for impeachment; it will require a supermajority of the Senate in order to convict and remove the president, which will require some Republican Senators to peel off and depart from the path," Murray said. "But I think the really important thing that Bob has mentioned here is this idea ta the Republicans are taunting that impeachment is a backend effort to basically subvert the will of the people. I think the testimony that was presented yesterday makes clear that that claim is specious."

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Rudy Giuliani’s devotion has escorted Trump straight to impeachment

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"Step by step, [Rudy Giuliani] has escorted President Trump to the brink of impeachment," The New York Times said in a piece following the president's top lawyer and his impact on the scandals facing the 45th president.

Two associates of Giuliani's have already been indicted, Giuliani is under criminal investigation from federal prosecutors, and he was never graced with a top position in the Trump government.

"The separate troubles he has gotten his client and himself into are products of the uniquely powerful position he has fashioned, a hybrid of unpaid personal counsel to the president and for-profit peddler of access and advice," The Times said Sunday.

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Trump team ‘is as incompetent, shambolic, paranoid, and given to conspiracy theories as it appears’: MSNBC panel

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In a Sunday evening panel discussion, MSNBC commentators explained that the White House appears to be just as chaotic and marred by chaos as the rumors say.

Many in the White House learned that the president's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, was working overseas in Ukraine. Giuliani claimed that he's been producing a film that he couldn't get Fox News to run, as it will appear on the fringe network OAN.

"What Rudy Giuliani is doing is using Kremlin-manufactured propaganda as a defensive shield for the president," said CNBC's John Harwood. "Fiona Hill was unambiguous in her testimony to the intelligence committee. What Rudy Giuliani has been doing with these two indicted men who are linked to a Russian oligarch who is tied to Russian organized crime, is trying to manufacture a story that Ukraine, rather than Russia or in addition to Russia or differently from Russia, meddle in the campaign. That is false."

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