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‘Welcome to Apprentice, Nuclear Edition’: Bill Maher blasts Trump for making presidency a TV show

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Comedian and host of HBO’s “Real Time,” Bill Maher blasted Donald Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey on Friday night, comparing it to a scene from Trump’s reality TV game show, “The Apprentice.”

After declaring “TGIF after a week of WTF,” Maher laid into the firing of FBI Director Comey and the White House’s ever-shifting rationale for doing so.

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“It seems like there was a year’s worth of news stuffed into one week,” Maher said.

The president “fired the man that was investigating him,” he continued. “How would you like to be able to do that? A cop pulls you over, ‘You’re under arrest, sir.’ Oh, yeah? You’re fired.”

Maher went on to point out how Trump contradicted all of his spokespeople’s previous reasons for the firing when he went on Lester Holt’s show and said that it was all his idea and that he would have fired Comey with or without his Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General’s recommendation.

Not only did he say it was his idea, Maher pointed out, he admitted that it was because of the Russia probe.

“Putin must be in the Kremlin thinking ‘Bullshit,'” Maher said. “‘It’s time to deactivate his microchip.'”

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“We’re a little over a hundred days now,” Maher said. “Acting Attorney General? Fired. National Security Adviser? You’re fired. FBI Director? You’re fired…welcome to ‘Apprentice, Nuclear Edition.”

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A historian explains why Robert E. Lee wasn’t a hero — he was a traitor

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There’s a fabled moment from the Battle of Fredericksburg, a gruesome Civil War battle that extinguished several thousand lives, when the commander of a rebel army looked down upon the carnage and said, “It is well that war is so terrible, or we should grow too fond of it.” That commander, of course, was Robert Lee.

The moment is the stuff of legend. It captures Lee’s humility (he won the battle), compassion, and thoughtfulness. It casts Lee as a reluctant leader who had no choice but to serve his people, and who might have had second thoughts about doing so given the conflict’s tremendous amount of violence and bloodshed. The quote, however, is misleading. Lee was no hero. He was neither noble nor wise. Lee was a traitor who killed United States soldiers, fought for human enslavement, vastly increased the bloodshed of the Civil War, and made embarrassing tactical mistakes.

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Adam Schiff moves to implicate Pence in the Ukraine scandal as Republicans go off the rails

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In the panoply of contradictory and incoherent defenses of Donald Trump, a favorite of Republicans has been to harp on the claim that witnesses to Trump's extortion scheme against Ukraine were all "second-hand" or "third-hand." This has always been confounding, as the official summary readout of the famous phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky shows Trump clearly conditioning military aid and U.S. support on Zelensky giving a public boost to Trump's conspiracy theories about former Vice President Joe Biden and other Democratic leaders. The witnesses so far have simply affirmed what the written record demonstrates amply.

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Warren criticized for conciliatory remarks on post-coup Bolivia

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Top-tier 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren is under fire from progressives and Indigenous activists for her comments Monday about the recent coup in Bolivia—remarks her critics called too conciliatory to the right-wing un-elected government that seized power after President Evo Morales was forced to resign and flee the country.

"The Bolivian people deserve free and fair elections, as soon as possible," Warren tweeted Monday afternoon. "Bolivia's interim leadership must limit itself to preparing for an early, legitimate election. Bolivia's security forces must protect demonstrators, not commit violence against them."

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