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Ex Bush ethics czar: Trump needs to drop ‘idiots on the far right and fake Christians’ to save presidency

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Appearing on MSNBC Saturday Morning, former Bush era ethics attorney Richard Painter claimed the post-Bannon White House will never get on track unless President Donald Trump cleans house and stops trying to appease the “idiots on the far right.”

Speaking with AMJoy host Joy Reid, vocal Republican Trump critic Painter said purging Bannon was a start during an epic rant.

“Three things they need to do to save this presidency,” Painter began. “First clean out all of the alt-rights, [Trump] needs to be the Arnold Schwarzenegger of the Republican Party, be the Terminator of the alt-right. He needs to have a personal conversion and renounce and repent for racism for the hatred he has espoused thus far. That conversion better be faster than the road to Damascus.”

“Repudiate the so-called religious right, the fake Christians who have dominated the Republican Party,” he continued. “If he makes it clear he repudiates them,  the Democrats will be checkmated because they are not going to want Mike Pence if Trump repudiates the phony Christians and the religious right — embraces the true American values that traditionally have been in the Republican Party as well as the Democratic Party of inclusion and democracy.”

“Right now, he’s in serious trouble,” Painter warned. “He should stop worrying about the idiots on the far right and what they’re going to do to him in 2020. Make this a successful term and make sure that the extremists are thrown out of the Republican Party. that includes all those people in the White House.”

“That includes Steve Bannon, Breitbart News, the racist platform they’ve been running, people like Ann Coulter who run around attacking people,” he summed up. “We need those people out of the Republican Party so we can govern and pass legislation to help Americans get health care, protect the planet, and do what Republicans and Democrats traditionally wanted to do:  serve the American people.”

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Sailing among the stars: Here’s how photons could revolutionize space flight

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A few days from now, a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will lift off from Florida, carrying a satellite the size of a loaf of bread with nothing to power it but a huge polyester "solar sail."

It's been the stuff of scientists' dreams for decades but has only very recently become a reality.

The idea might sounds crazy: propelling a craft through the vacuum of space with no engine, no fuel, and no solar panels, but instead harnessing the momentum of packets of light energy known as photons -- in this case from our Sun.

The spacecraft to be launched on Monday, called LightSail 2, was developed by the Planetary Society, a US organization that promotes space exploration which was co-founded by the legendary astronomer Carl Sagan in 1980.

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Russians to prod Putin on poverty and his personal life as his ratings tank

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Russians are set to ask President Vladimir Putin about growing poverty at home and tensions abroad during an annual televised phone-in Thursday, which comes following a fall in his approval ratings.

The leader is also likely to face a degree of grilling on his personal life, according to questions submitted by the public online ahead of the live show.

Set to be held for the 17th time since Putin came to power in 1999, the show starts at 0900 GMT and usually lasts several hours.

Ahead of the carefully choreographed show, more than one million questions had been submitted, organisers told Russian news agencies.

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Trump could turn on Hope Hicks just like Michael Cohen: Trump family biographer warns

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Trump family biographer Emily Jane Fox explained that she didn't think that the president would turn on long-time aide Hope Hicks, but then again, it was the same thought about Michael Cohen as well.

In a panel discussion about Hicks' testimony during MSNBC's Brian Williams' Wednesday show, Fox recalled that Micahel Cohen once said that he would take a bullet for the president. Once it appeared that Trump would throw him under the bus, Cohen began looking for a way out.

The same scenario seems to be happening with Hicks now.

"She works at new Fox, which is a company run by a Murdoch son," Fox said. "It's a company that's brand new. She's the head of communications there. And there are shareholders who would take issue with the fact that a senior member of this company is being put in this situation and being thrust on the world stage."

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