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Senator who released Pentagon Papers taunts Republican ‘wimps and cowards’ over Nunes memo

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Former Sen. Mike Gravel, the Democratic Senator who released the Pentagon Papers, on Monday taunted Republicans’ public back-and-forth surrounding the release of Devin Nunes’ controversial FISA memo, arguing the GOP are cowards if they don’t publicize the report.

Gravel was discussing the Nunes memo, which House Intelligence Committee Republicans on Monday voted to release (against the recommendations of House Democrats and the Department of Justice). The House vote triggered a five-day waiting period during which Donald Trump can move to block the release of the memo. Gravel said Republicans would show “the height of cowardice” if they fail to do so after hyping the memo for weeks.

“For the Congress to be a bunch of wimps and cowards and defer to the executive branch because they don’t want to take any responsibility is the height of cowardice,” he said, according to the Washington Examiner.

“The criteria for releasing anything is this: Is this something the people should know?” Gravel said. “If the Republicans feel this should be made public for the benefit of their constituents, fine, release it. The Democrats should do the same. But there is no argument to be made this stuff is secret and it’s too important for the people to know,” Gravel said.

“All this brouhaha between the executive and the legislative is ridiculous,” Gravel continued. “It’s all because these people don’t understand their responsibility under the Constitution’s Speech or Debate Clause. There is no legal risk on their part for releasing information they feel the public should know. No risk. Period.”

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‘Washington is no longer functional’: Brian Williams admits he’s sad to report that ‘our government is broken’

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MSNBC anchor Brian Williams on Tuesday reported that America's federal government is broken.

"This was day 908 of the Trump Administration and while there is no joy in it, one way of summing up today is this: Our government’s broken, our politics are broken, Washington is no longer functional, and the cracks in our society are deepening," Williams reported.

"Much of this day was taken up by the discussion of racist statements by the president. Then tonight came the news that had so many people thinking back to when we were different, the death just tonight of retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens at the age of 99," he said.

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Trump ignored being condemned by Congress and instead praised Republicans on Twitter for defending his racism

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President Donald Trump celebrated on Tuesday night despite the House of Representatives having voted earlier in the day to condemn his racist statements.

By a final vote of 240 to 187, Congress voted for a resolution saying, "Trump’s racist comments have legitimized fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color.”

The resolution said Congress “strongly condemns President Donald Trump’s racist comments that have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color by saying that our fellow Americans who are immigrants, and those who may look to the President like immigrants, should “go back” to other countries, by referring to immigrants and asylum seekers as “invaders,” and by saying that Members of Congress who are immigrants (or those of our colleagues who are wrongly assumed to be immigrants) do not belong in Congress or in the United States of America.”

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The tortured madness of Donald Trump: It’s clear the president is out of his mind

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Where’s Shakespeare when we need him? Only the Bard of Avon could do literary justice to the tortured madness of Donald Trump, who fluctuates between petulant self-pity and weird self-praise.

His brags are especially weird because they usually involve achievements he hasn’t made. It’s as though his saying something makes it true — even though everyone except his most naive devotees can clearly see that he’s either hallucinating or lying. In June, for example, at a rally launching his reelection campaign, he retrumpeted an old campaign promise to “drain the swamp,” assuring the adoring crowd that “that’s exactly what we’re doing right now.”

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