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REVEALED: Trump divulged classified info to Russian officials during Oval Office visit

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Donald Trump revealed classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in a closed-door meeting in the Oval Office last week, officials told the Washington Post.

Trump’s meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak—which drew scrutiny after members of the U.S. press were barred from taking pictures—occurred just one day after the president fired former FBI director James Comey, who was leading the investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives.

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As the Post reports, the president revealed information obtained from a U.S. ally that exposed an intelligence stream related to the Islamic State. Among the aspects Trump discussed pertained to a specific ISIS plot, as well as the city under ISIS control where the key intelligence ally obtained the information.

“It is all kind of shocking,” a former senior U.S. official told the Post. “Trump seems to be very reckless and doesn’t grasp the gravity of the things he’s dealing with, especially when it comes to intelligence and national security. And it’s all clouded because of this problem he has with Russia.”

“This is code-word information,” another  official told the Post, adding the president “revealed more information to the Russian ambassador than we have shared with our own allies.”

Trump’s national security adviser H.R. McMaster denied Trump revealed “sources or methods,” but made no mention of allegation she disclosed classified information.

“At no time were any intelligence sources or methods discussed, and no military operations were disclosed that were not already known publicly,” McMaster said.

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Women are making Trump ‘melt down’ — or turn tail and run: columnist

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President Donald Trump doesn’t like being challenged by any media figures, even if they are conservative white males like Fox News’ Chris Wallace or The Bulwark’s Bill Kristol. But female reporters, in particular, seem to rattle Trump, as journalist Jack Shafer argues in an op-ed published in Politico this week.

Shafer describes a pattern, explaining, “It starts with a reporter, usually a female reporter, asking President Donald Trump hard, tenacious questions at a news conference. Trump’s jaw seizes up, rattled and dumbfounded by the questions that he can’t or won’t answer. He abruptly ends the presser by saying, ‘Thank you very much’ and stalking out of the room.”

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Mitch McConnell continues to be haunted by this Confederate flag photo – but he says he has no regrets

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell explained the origins of an infamous photograph of himself standing in front of a Confederate flag.

The photo has circulated for years, and it's believed to have originated in the early 1990s at an event held at Big Spring Country Club by the Louisville-based John Hunt Morgan Camp 1342 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, reported the Courier-Journal.

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WATCH: Christian parent warns school district that wearing masks is a ‘pagan ritual of satanic worshipers’

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Wisconsin's Elmbrook School District is fully reopening for the coming school year -- a decision that was expectedly met with criticism. Nevertheless, the school is requiring students to wear masks while on campus, and a certain Christian parent took umbrage at the rule, saying social distancing and wearing masks are "pagan rituals of satanic worshipers."

"My kids are Christian they are not subject to wearing masks,” the woman, identified as Heidi Anderson, said at an Elmbrook Board of Education meeting on Tuesday.

"Six-foot distance and masks are pagan rituals of satanic worshipers," Anderson said. "Absorb that in. 6 feet. Where does 6 feet come from, people? Why is not 3? Why is it not 5? Why is it not 10? Why is it not 30? Why is it 6?"

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