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Bannon ordered Breitbart editors to ramp up attacks on Trump-backed Alabama Senate candidate: report

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Former White House adviser and reinstated Breitbart executive Steve Bannon is once again calling the shots at the right-wing publication — and is reportedly pushing coverage that opposes the president’s agenda.

According to CNN, Bannon ordered Breitbart’s editors to “step up its overwhelmingly negative coverage” of Luther Strange, the Alabama Republican that President Donald Trump endorsed to replace the Senate seat that now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions vacated when he joined the administration.

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In his first major act of defiance of his former boss, Bannon has publicly supported Strange’s opponent, the controversial Judge Roy Moore.

After Bannon told Breitbart’s editors to increase their anti-Strange coverage, the site’s Washington editor Matthew Boyle reportedly told his writers that “the only story that matters until next week is Alabama.”

The primary runoff election between Strange and Moore is scheduled for September 26.

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New Republican impeachment strategy goes down in flames before first witness is called

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Republicans this week released a set of talking points on Ukraine that have already been refuted although the first impeachment hearing isn't until Wednesday.

According to Bloomberg, the talking points were distributed by Republican staffers on the House Intelligence Committee.

The July 25 summary of the call between Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy “shows no conditionality or evidence of pressure.”Both Zelenskiy and Trump have said there was no pressure on the call.The Ukraine government was not aware of a hold on U.S. security assistance at the time of the July 25 call.Trump met with Zelenskiy, although not in the Oval Office, and U.S. security assistance flowed to Ukraine in September 2019 -- both of which occurred without Ukraine investigating Trump’s political rivals.

Democrats contend that the call record shows that President Donald Trump did ask Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky for a quid pro quo when he suggested that military aid would flow after Ukraine did a "favor" by investigating former Vice President Joe Biden and his son.

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Inside the extreme right-wing’s plan to take over campus conservatism

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President Donald Trump's eldest son found himself caught in the middle of an alt-right takeover of a libertarian group with close ties to mainstream conservatism, and video of the encounter provided an embarrassing start to his book tour.

Right-wing activists led by white nationalist Nick Fuentes have been turning up at campus events sponsored by Turning Point USA and other conservative groups to boost their racist, anti-LGBT and anti-Semitic messages, reported The Daily Beast.

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Career diplomats fear ‘retaliation’ for defying Trump — here’s why they’re doing it anyway

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In an article for the Washington Post on Tuesday, reporter Lisa Rein analyzed the dire choice facing many career civil servants in the Ukraine scandal — by coming forward, they risk reprisal and public abuse from President Donald Trump.

Nevertheless, many, like Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, diplomat William Taylor, and National Security Council official Fiona Hill, are doing so. And Rein broke down how significant this is.

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