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A Steve Bannon ally is about to control a government-funded radio network you probably haven’t heard of

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Jokes that Breitbart News may become America’s state media may not be that far off.

According to CNN, the body that controls American government-funded media outlets that broadcast overseas, might soon promote an ally of ousted national security adviser Steve Bannon as their chief executive.

Jeffrey Scott Shapiro, an investigative reporter at the conservative Washington Times, was nominated by President Donald Trump to join the Broadcasting Board of Governors this summer as a senior adviser to their Spanish-language broadcast in Cuba. Now, the man with ties to Bannon is slated to control America’s overseas media.

As CNN notes, Shapiro has close ties to the returned chairman of Breitbart, and told three sources close to the BBG that he plans to turn the agency into a “Bannon legacy.”

Shapiro, The Daily Beast pointed out, is also a proponent of a conspiracy theory claiming that the Cuban Castro family has infiltrated the BBG’s Office of Cuba Broadcasting.

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If he is promoted to chief executive, Shapiro will control the OCB as well as Voice of America and Radio Free Europe, as well as radio networks in Asia and the Middle East.

Founded in 1999, the BBG’s stated mission is to “inform, engage, and connect people around the world in support of freedom and democracy.”

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Trump’s racism isn’t a grand plan to win in 2020 — he’s just a ‘blithering idiot’: GOP strategist

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President Donald Trump over the last week has made overtly racist attacks on four Democratic women of color, which has led to speculation that the president believes using racism is the key to winning reelection in 2020.

However, Republican strategist Stuart Stevens, who is currently working for Trump primary challenger Bill Weld, says it would be a mistake to confuse Trump's bigoted impulses with a well thought out battle plan.

"There is always this need to attribute this master plan to Trump because otherwise, you have to come to terms with the fact that he’s a blithering idiot," Stevens said in an interview with the Huffington Post.

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Here is why Nancy Pelosi allowed a House impeachment vote

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Admitting that he isn't privy to insider knowledge from the Democratic leadership, Bloomberg columnist Jonathan Bernstein suggested that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may be playing a much longer game on the possibility of impeachment hearings on Donald Trump than her detractors believe.

Wondering, "Is Nancy Pelosi closer to impeachment?' Bernstein writes, "Usually, when a regular bill or resolution has been introduced, it’s then referred to committee. If the majority party doesn’t want to consider the bill, it will die with no further action. Under House rules, however, any member can force an impeachment resolution onto the floor as pending business. That’s what [Rep. Al] Green (D-TX) did Wednesday."

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Trump falsely claims he stopped his supporters from chanting ‘Send her back!’

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On Wednesday night, President Donald Trump held a rally in Greenville, North Carolina, where he singled out Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), accusing her and the other Democratic congresswomen known as "the Squad" of not loving America.

In response, the crowd began to shout "Send her back!"

Trump allowed the crowd to continue the chant for a full 12 seconds before continuing his speech.

The next day, amidst criticism that he was riling up his fans to dangerous levels, Trump claimed that he had indeed shut down the chant, in direct contradiction to the video. New York Times journalist Peter Baker reported Trump's claim on Twitter.

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