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Trump’s federal judge pick says Confederate ‘president’ portrait on his wall ‘has nothing to do with race’

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Liles Burke, President Donald Trump’s nominee for a district judgeship in the Northern District of Alabama, claims to “absolutely reject racism in all its forms” — but still defends hanging a portrait of Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederacy, on a wall in his office.

According to Bloomberg, Burke, who currently serves as an Associate Judge on the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals, said a court archivist found the portrait of Davis and suggested he hang it on his wall.

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“The reason that I hung that really has nothing to do with race and everything to do with its historical significance,” Burke said of the portrait that hung in his court chamber office from 2011 to 2012. He claimed it was followed by portraits of Abraham Lincoln, George Washington and Booker T. Washington.


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Can the Trump cult be deprogrammed?

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A new Gallup poll finds that at least 50 percent of the American people want Donald Trump to be impeached and removed from office. That's three times higher than the percentage of Americans who supported impeaching Richard Nixon during the early stages of the impeachment process. Trump could become the first American president to run for re-election after being impeached in the House of Representatives.

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Stephen Colbert rips ‘idiot’ GOP senator for defending Trump’s unconstitutional self-dealing

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"Late Show" host Stephen Colbert returned from New Zealand for a new show that aired Monday evening.

"I have been as far from the insatiable black hole of news that is Donald Trump as you can get on this planet.

I've heard there have been some developments over the last 10 days that did not go well for Donnie,"

The host ripped Trump's 71-minute press conference.

"Seventy-one minutes is not a press conference, it's a one man show," he explained. "If you liked 'Fleabag,' you'll love Donald Trump in 'Douchebag,'" he said.

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Texas Republicans are abandoning the state’s GOP Speaker: ‘We no longer support him’

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Some of the most powerful Texas House Republicans said Monday they no longer support GOP Speaker Dennis Bonnen, marking the biggest blow yet to his political future amid the fallout from a secret recording released last week by a hardline conservative activist.

Five Republicans considered senior members of the lower chamber issued a statement withdrawing support for him: State Reps. Four Price of Amarillo, Dan Huberty of Houston, Lyle Larson of San Antonio, Chris Paddie of Marshall and John Frullo of Lubbock.

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