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Trump judicial nominee who was flummoxed by basic legal questions drops out of consideration

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Matthew Spencer Petersen, the Trump judicial nominee who was humiliated last week after he was unable to answer several basic legal questions, has dropped out of being considered for an appointment to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

The Huffington Post reports that Petersen dropped out after a viral video showed him to unable to answer basic legal questions asked of him by Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA).

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During his questioning, Petersen admitted that he did not have a background in litigation, despite the fact that he had been nominated for a lifetime position at DC’s U.S. District Court. He also was unable to describe how two basic abstention doctrines could be applied on a federal court.

“Petersen is Trump’s third district court nominee to get derailed over a lack of qualifications,” Huffington Post notes. “Brett Talley, a 36-year-old lawyer who had never tried a case and earned a rare and unanimous ‘not qualified’ rating by the American Bar Association, withdrew his nomination last week. Jeff Mateer, who had described transgender children as evidence of ‘Satan’s plan,’ is not moving either.”


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Gen. Barry McCaffrey ridicules childish ‘Home Alone’ Trump over his ‘comical’ letter to Turkey’s president

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Appearing on MSNBC on Saturday morning, retired General Barry McCaffrey came to the defense of former Donald Trump cabinet member Gen. James Mattis while taking a jab at the president for acting like an unattended child when dealing with world leaders.

Speaking with host Jonathan Capehart, the former official in President Bill Clinton's administration said the president was out of line attacking Mattis as "overrated" and said it could come back to hurt the president because the retired general is held in high esteem within military circles.

Addressing the president's antics, McCaffery showed he doesn't think much of the current Commander in Chief.

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Trump tried to launch #StopTheCoup on Twitter and it blew up hilariously in his face

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Donald Trump kicked off his Saturday morning on Twitter with a simple attempt to promote the hashtag #StopTheCoup but didn't get many backers.

But he did get a lot of derision and explanations about what a "coup" really is -- along with inspiring the hashtag: #ThePresidentIsACrybaby.

As one commenter noted, "Holding the president* accountable for his actions isn't a coup... it's their job. "

That was the general response, see below:

#StopTheCoup

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Trump advertised he would be a corrupt president in the first hour after he was sworn in — here is how

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During an appearance on MSNBC on Saturday morning, a discussion of Donald Trump's self-dealing by deciding to have the G7 conference led Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Cay Johnston to note that the media missed the president's plan to milk his office for personal profit was on display one hour after he was sworn in.

Speaking with host Jonathan Capehart, Johnston noted Trump's constant need for cash flow throughout his career before hearkening back to 2017 and Trump's sparsely-attended inauguration.

Discussing Republicans turning a blind eye to Trump's many financial shenanigans since assuming office, Johnston said no one should be surprised.

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