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Tillerson threatened to quit after calling Trump a ‘moron’ in Pentagon meeting on ISIS: report

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had to be talked out of quitting this summer as he clashed with President Donald Trump — whom he dismissed as a “moron.”

Tillerson was infuriated after the president delivered a raunchy and highly politicized speech in late July to the Boy Scouts of America, an organization the secretary of state once led, reported NBC News.

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The secretary of state had openly criticized Trump as a “moron” just days before, after a July 20 meeting at the Pentagon to discuss the Islamic State with the president’s national security team and Cabinet officials, according to three officials with knowledge of the incident.

“We’re doing very well against ISIS,” the president said before entering that meeting. “ISIS is falling fast, very fast.”

Afterward, Trump described the meeting as “absolutely great.”

Tillerson was in Texas for his son’s wedding when Trump addressed the Boy Scouts, and he threatened not to return to Washington.

Vice President Mike Pence gave him a “pep talk” afterward, and other top administration officials begged Tillerson to stay on the job until at least the end of the year, the sources said.

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“They did beg him to stay,” said one senior administration official. “They just wanted stability.”

The sources identified those officials as retired Gen. John Kelly, who became chief of staff not long afterward, and Defense Secretary James Mattis.

Pence has since asked Tillerson to be more respectful of Trump in meetings and in public, although those tensions again spilled out into the open this week when Trump tweeted out criticism of the secretary’s handling of North Korea diplomacy.

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State Department spokesman R.C. Hammond denied that Tillerson considered quitting or called Trump a moron, and he denied knowledge of what the secretary and Pence discussed.


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GOP lawmakers melt down after Maryland AP history class teacher uses illustration to compare Trump to Nazis

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According to a report from the Washington Times, Maryland Republicans are up in arms after an AP history teacher at a local high school used a slide to illustrate similarities between Donald Trump's policies and those of the Nazis.

The report states, "A slide used in an Advanced Placement history class at Loch Raven High School in Towson shows a picture of Trump above pictures of a Nazi swastika and a flag of the Soviet Union. Two captions read 'wants to round up a group of people and build a giant wall' and 'oh, THAT is why it sounds so familiar!'"

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Stop praising anti-Trump evangelicals: Their embrace of authoritarianism is a big part of the problem

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At this critical moment for American democracy our media landscape is doing a poor job in its coverage of conservative white evangelicals. Coverage of this relatively large segment of the population is characterized by, on the one hand, effusive praise for the slightest milquetoast criticism of Donald Trump, and on the other, by a periodic parade of nearly interchangeable unfounded predictions about how evangelical youth are going to change America’s most radically right-wing demographic for the better—any day now. In the words of the great sage Bullwinkle J. Moose, “This time for sure!”

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Intel official who briefed lawmakers on latest Russian meddling targeted for ouster by Trump White House: CNN

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During a discussion on the war on the intelligence community being waged by the Donald Trump's White House, CNN host Victor Blackwell stated that sources speaking with the network stated that the intel official who briefed lawmakers for both parties on new efforts by Russia to meddle in U.S. elections could be on the way out.

Speaking with contributor Lynn Sweet, Blackwell asked about the so-called "purge" being conducted by the White House.

"It sends the signal once again that President Trump is not a respecter of the United States intelligence services with the bigger issue that a permanent director has not been in that office since last summer when Dan Coates was forced out," Sweet explained. "This is a key position, subject to Senate confirmation and Trump hasn't seen fit to have a permanent director for months now."

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