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MSNBC guest: Boston march shows ‘Trump might be the president but this is not his country’



An MSNBC panel about the march in Boston on Sunday said that the massive turnout of tens of thousands of counter-protesters sent President Donald Trump a strong message that racism and white supremacy are wildly unpopular ideas in this country.

Did this weekend, asked host Joy Reid, represent a turning point “in whether white nationalism is going to take hold in our politics?”

There has been a shift, agreed guest James Peterson, the director of African-American studies at Lehigh University, but it was prompted by the president’s failure to adequately address the issue in the wake of the melee in Charlottesville last weekend.

“So tens of thousands of people come out this week,” Peterson said, outnumbering right-wing protesters by thousands, which shows that “Trump might be the president of the United States, but this is not his country.”

“Donald Trump is not the future of this country,” agreed nationally syndicated columnist Connie Schultz.

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Trump considering withdraw from 68-year-old treaty with Japan: report



President Donald Trump has been privately talking about withdrawing from the postwar defense treaty with Japan, according to three sources familiar with the matter.

Trump is telling confidants the treaty is unfair to the U.S. because it promises to help if Japan was ever attacked, but doesn't require Japan to come to America's defense, the sources told Bloomberg.

So far, the president hasn't taken any step toward pulling out of the treaty, which was signed in 1951, and administration officials insist that move would be highly unlikely.

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Rep. Ted Lieu: Impeachment is coming — and so is a Democratic president



Donald Trump recently called “impeachment” a “dirty, filthy, disgusting word,” but his continued stonewalling of legitimate congressional oversight requests are moving more and more House Democrats to embrace that “filthy” concept. That was the very point made by Rep. Ted Lieu of California, a progressive Democrat who sits on the House Judiciary Committee during our recent conversation on “Salon Talks.” That committee would be the starting point for an actual impeachment inquiry of the president.

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US kicks off Mideast plan, with Palestinians boycotting



After a wait of two and a half years, the US administration is launching its Middle East peace plan Tuesday -- with an economic initiative that the Palestinians are boycotting.

For this most unconventional of US presidents, Donald Trump's Middle East peace-making bid is unlike decades of previous US attempts.

There is no talk of land swaps, a Palestinian state or other political issues that have vexed diplomats for decades.

The Trump administration says it will get to the political issues later.

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