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Sarah Sanders claims bombshell book is business as usual: ‘The president is exactly who he was yesterday’

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White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Wednesday pushed back against passages from Michael Wolff’s upcoming book, which alleges, among other things, that former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon virtually accused Donald Trump Jr. of treason after he met with Russians during the 2016 campaign.

In excerpts of the book that were revealed by several outlets on Wednesday, Bannon describes a Trump Tower meeting with Russians as “treasonous” and predicts that Congressional committees would “crack” Donald Trump Jr. “like an egg.”

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Trump eventually fired back at Bannon, asserting that the former White House staffer “lost his mind” after he was fired and returned to his previous job as head of Breitbart.

At Wednesday’s press briefing, Sanders insisted that the president’s remarks were “clear” and that his son was not a traitor to the U.S.

“The president is exactly who he was yesterday…. The president’s base is very solid,” Sanders said. “It hasn’t changed because the president hasn’t changed and his agenda hasn’t changed. And we’re continuing to accomplish what’s on the president’s agenda.”

When asked whether Donald Trump Jr. is a traitor as Bannon suggested, Sanders shot back that the idea was a “ridiculous accusation.”

Watch the video below from CNN.

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North Carolina towns forced to cancel Christmas celebrations over fear of violence from right wing extremist groups

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Two North Carolina towns are canceling their annual Christmas celebration parades "amid fears of violence due to Confederate groups’ participation in the events," The Daily Beast reports.

Citing a “potential for violence,” for the first time in over 70 years the town of Wake Forest, North Carolina says it will have no Christmas parade. Garner, NC, has also canceled its Christmas parade.

The Daily Beast cites "reports that Garner had plans to include a float sponsored by a chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans but said social-media posts led town officials to believe 'the event could be targeted for disruption.'"

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Giuliani’s deceitful Ukraine business web should leave everyone speechless

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I am not making this up, so fasten your seatbelts belts. It is all downhill from here in the ever-stranger Trump universe.

Moving to the global front pages is a company called Fraud Guarantee. Its co-owners, Ukrainian and U.S. nationals, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, have held many meetings at the Washington, D.C. Trump Hotel with Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York city and the real-life version of Alice in Wonderland’s Mad Hatter.

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The View audience goes wild after Meghan McCain gets schooled on Pelosi’s ‘don’t mess with me’ moment

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"The View" co-host Meghan McCain frequently cites politically themed T-shirts for sale online to take the public temperature about any given topic, but she didn't like that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi quickly started selling shirts based on her viral encounter with a conservative reporter.

The California Democrat unloaded on Sinclair Broadcasting reporter James Rosen, who asked if the impeachment process was based on her supposed hatred of President Donald Trump, and Pelosi capped off her scolding with the warning, "Don't mess with me."

"She did answer it masterfully," McCain said, "the problem is now she's selling T-shirts that say #don'tmesswithnancy. For $39, you can buy a T-shirt."

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