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CNN’s Jake Tapper stunned by ‘nasty’ fallout from Trump-Bannon revelations: Nothing like ever before in US history

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CNN’s Jake Tapper on Wednesday reacted to the fallout from Michael Wolff’s new book “Fire and Fury,” which quotes Donald Trump’s former chief White House counselor Steve Bannon as saying, among other things, that the infamous June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between top campaign associates was “unpatriotic” and “treasonous.”

“For the youngsters out there, it’s impossible to overstate just how bizarre today’s news is,” Tapper began. “President Trump issued a statement like no presidential statement ever before in American history, lambasting his former campaign and White House senior strategist Steve Bannon in no uncertain terms. This comes after the release of explosive excerpts from a new book claiming to reveal the inner-workings of the Trump campaign and White House.”

“What could be the most consequential revelation, Bannon seeming to tell the book’s author he thinks that meeting between Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort with others who were billed as being from the Russian government, that that meeting was ‘unpatriotic’ and ‘treasonous.’”

Tapper explained that Trump, after being told about that excerpt, “unloaded today,” releasing an official White House statement insisting Bannon “not only lost his job, he lost his mind.”

“And then the president got nasty,” Tapper said.

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Ted Cruz’s dangerous resolution suggests that all forms of political dissent could soon be considered terrorism

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Last week, Republican Sens. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Ted Cruz  of Texas introduced a resolution to designate "antifa," which the Anti-Defamation League defines as "a loose collection of groups, networks, and individuals who believe in active, aggressive opposition to far right-wing movements," as a "domestic terrorist organization."

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Florida cop runs down joy-riding black teen on bicycle — then officers shock him with a Taser

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Florida police chased down a joy-riding black teenager, struck the bicycle he was riding and then violently arrested him after he fled in terror.

Jaydon Stubbs and four friends were riding July 17 on their way to Hollywood Beach when an officer spotted the teens in an area where there had been a string of recent burglaries, reported WPLG-TV.

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9/11 first responder goes on Fox and destroys Rand Paul’s phony fiscal conservatism: It’s insulting to our intelligence

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During a Fox News interview on Tuesday, a 9/11 first responder blasted Republican senators who raised concerns about a bill to help compensate those who were injured during the 2001 terrorist attacks and its aftermath.

The Senate is expected to pass legislation that would fund the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund through 2090, despite Republican senators Rand Paul (KY) and Mike Lee (UT) stalling the bill after raising concerns about the cost.

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