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‘It is insane, borderline psychotic’: Ex-Trump 2016 official blasts campaign for taking Russia meeting

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A former top official with President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign blasted the campaign’s top brass — particularly then-campaign Chairman Paul Manafort — and Donald Trump Jr. for taking a June 9, 2016 meeting with a pro-Kremlin Russian lawyer and a Russian-born lobbyist.

“It is insane, borderline psychotic, that Paul [Manafort]…let this happen,” the Trump campaign aide said toThe Daily Beast. “It’s just one of those things that will follow you forever.”

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The official said that many veterans of the Trump campaign are aghast that the meeting took place and that the excuses around it have been so flimsy. One official said the episode exposes the campaign’s “inherent sloppiness” with matters large and small.

“It’s a situation that has left Trump-world’s legal teams, surrogates, and senior figures in a constant scramble to find the next best-sounding explanation,” wrote The Daily Beast’s Asawin Suebsaeng.

She noted that Yahoo News said presidential son-in-law and senior White House adviser Jared Kushner’s legal team is resorting to claiming that Kushner accidentally emailed in his Standard Form 86 (SF86) security clearance application before completing it.

A spokesperson for the legal team said “a member of [Kusner’s] staff had prematurely hit the ‘send’ button for the form before [the form] was completed.”

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Swiss holding ‘funeral march’ to mark disappearance of an Alpine glacier

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Dozens of people will undertake a "funeral march" up a steep Swiss mountainside on Sunday to mark the disappearance of an Alpine glacier amid growing global alarm over climate change.

The Pizol "has lost so much substance that from a scientific perspective it is no longer a glacier," Alessandra Degiacomi, of the Swiss Association for Climate Protection, told AFP.

The organisation which helped organise Sunday's march said around 100 people were due to take part in the event, set to take place as the UN gathers youth activists and world leaders in New York to mull the action needed to curb global warming.

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UAW strike ‘threatens to upend the economy in Michigan’ — and could destroy Trump’s re-election: report

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At the end of the first week of a major strike by the United Auto Workers, the employment standoff threatens to upend President Donald Trump's 2020 re-election map, the Chicago Times reported Saturday.

Approximately 46,000 workers have been striking against General Motors.

There are two major threats to Trump's campaign from the strike.

The first is that the strike could cause regional recessions -- threatening Trump's political standing in key Rust Belt states.

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Security forces fired live rounds at protesters calling for the ouster of Egyptian president: report

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Egyptian security forces clashed with hundreds of anti-government protesters in the port city of Suez on Saturday, firing tear gas and live rounds, said several residents who participated in the demonstrations.

A heavy security presence was also maintained in Cairo's Tahrir Square, the epicentre of Egypt's 2011 revolution, after protests in several cities called for the removal of general-turned-president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

Such demonstrations are rare after Egypt effectively banned protests under a law passed following the 2013 military ouster of Islamist ex-president Mohamed Morsi.

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