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Maryland Democrat: Plenty of Republicans are questioning Trump’s fitness for office

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Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) appeared on CNN Thursday and said that psychiatric professionals are alarmed at President Donald Trump’s apparent mental state and that he is showing signs of being “increasingly paranoid and delusional.”

Raskin has proposed a bill calling for an investigative body to adjudicate whether or not Trump is mentally impaired and whether or not the 25th Amendment should be invoked.

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“We’re not mental health professionals, we’re not psychiatrists, that’s not our role,” Raskin said, “but we do have a defined and important role under the 25th Amendment to the Constitution, which is to set up a body that could act with the vice president in the event of an emergency.”

CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Raskin how he can be so sure his politics and personal distaste for the president aren’t coloring his perceptions.

Raskin said that many Republicans have “confided their doubts” about Trump’s mental health to him.

“There a lot of things that are disturbing,” he said, including Trump’s denial that his voice was the one heard on the Access Hollywood and other “increasingly delusional behavior.”

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‘Resistance’ liberals love the FBI and CIA — but history says they don’t love you back

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A freaky moment recently transpired on television. In a nonfiction adaptation of “American Horror Story,” Bill Maher, nominally a member of the liberal “Resistance,” led his audience and guests in applauding and paying tribute to the FBI and CIA. To her credit, panelist (and rival talk-show host) Krystal Ball remained stoic, refusing to bring her hands together or smile. But even she allowed the moment to pass without noting the obvious: The CIA and the FBI are two of the most anti-democratic and violent forces in the history of our country.

Maher’s weird and historically illiterate “tribute” to two organizations with endless résumés of human rights violations, political persecution of dissidents and overseas coups directed at democratic governments — not to mention stunning failure at the principal tasks of their mission — punctuated his declaration of gratitude for “our safety” since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The comedian and commentator then tried to dress this right-wing, jingoistic bromide in progressive drag by reminding the crowd that President Trump has “disrespected” both agencies.

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According to media, Russia has ‘oligarchs’ — but America only has ‘businessmen’

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Even in corporate media, you will occasionally see references to the United States as an “oligarchy.” That is the judgment of former President Jimmy Carter, of peer-reviewed academic studies, and even opinion pieces in our most prestigious media (e.g., Washington Post, 4/8/14; New Yorker, 4/18/14). Indeed, Paul Krugman has been saying it in the New York Times (11/3/11, 5/15/157/15/19) for years.  Just three men hold more wealth than the bottom 50% of the country combined, and the richest people in society use their money to influence media, society and the government.

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Swiss holding ‘funeral march’ to mark disappearance of an Alpine glacier

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Dozens of people will undertake a "funeral march" up a steep Swiss mountainside on Sunday to mark the disappearance of an Alpine glacier amid growing global alarm over climate change.

The Pizol "has lost so much substance that from a scientific perspective it is no longer a glacier," Alessandra Degiacomi, of the Swiss Association for Climate Protection, told AFP.

The organisation which helped organise Sunday's march said around 100 people were due to take part in the event, set to take place as the UN gathers youth activists and world leaders in New York to mull the action needed to curb global warming.

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