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Charles Blow rips ‘venal’ Trump: He’s ‘playing to racial grievance’ for his own gain

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New York Times columnist Charles Blow told CNN on Sunday that President Donald Trump can’t resist a “venal” urge to exploit racial discord to advance himself, shore up his base and advance his administration’s agenda.

In response to a conservative panelist’s contention that Trump is making a savvy political move by pitting himself against the NFL in order to solidify his support, Blow scoffed.

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“Is he playing to racial grievance and using that to his benefit?” Blow said. “Yes, the venal part of this president who exploits situations to his own benefit.”

“He’s using an anxiety that exists in a large part of white America to his advantage,” he said. “So, is that ‘good?’ This is about how America responds to black people when they protest inequality and oppression.”

Donald Trump has come under fire from players, managers and team owners for his remarks to a rally on Friday night in which he called any player who protests police brutality by going down on one knee during the national anthem a “son of a b*tch.”

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Chief Justice Roberts admonishes lawyers at Senate impeachment trial

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Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court John Roberts made his first major intervention in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial shortly before 1 a.m. Wednesday morning.

After House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) finished his closing arguments on why former National Security Advisor John Bolton should testify, the White House team went on the attack. Yelling and demanding apologies, the president's team was more animated than they'd been all night. Roberts then admonished the House and White House on their language.

Claiming the Senate is the "world's greatest deliberative body" -- despite what he had witnessed during 12 hours of the impeachment trial -- Roberts complained about language that was "not conducive to civil discourse."

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White House lawyers begin yelling at Democrats during late-night impeachment trial — after Trump starts tweeting

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President Donald Trump woke up and began tweeting around midnight EST during the Senate impeachment trial over the amendments over the rules. That's when a noticeable thing changed on the Senate floor: Trump's team started yelling.

Nearing 1 a.m. EST Tuesday morning while the president was tweeting about impeachment, his team began attacking Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) personally. They called him a liar and accused him of attacking the president and demanded an apology. After nearly 12 hours this was the first time the White House got even remotely animated after a dull defense of the president.

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Mick Mulvaney released treasure trove of OMB documents — 2 minutes before midnight

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Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney released a huge cache of documents on Tuesday evening -- minutes before the midnight deadline.

The documents were released to the ethics group American oversight, which had pursued a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the department.

"Two minutes before midnight, OMB released 192 pages of Ukraine-related records to American Oversight, including emails that have not been previously released," American Oversight announced.

"The files released tonight include emails sent by OMB Acting Director Russell Vought and Assoc Director for National Security Michael Duffey — two key players in the withholding of Ukraine aid — in on the morning of President Trump’s July 25 call with President Zelensky," the ethics group noted.

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