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Trump is ‘ripping page out of Nixon playbook’: Presidential historian Michael Beschloss explains what you should expect next

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Presidential historian Michael Beschloss

Presidential historian Michael Beschloss cautioned that President Donald Trump is ripping a page right out of the Richard Nixon playbook when it comes to wanting to fire special prosecutor Robert Mueller.

According to a New York Times report Thursday, Trump wanted to fire Robert Mueller, and that White House special counsel Don McGahn instructed him not to. The discussion between the two became so heated that McGahn threatened to resign if Mueller was terminated.

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Bechloss said that Trump attacking the investigators for a partisan bent is part of a Nixonian pattern.

“In retrospect, what we know, is that [Nixon] was afraid that Cox was about to get the White House tapes — which we now know show that Richard Nixon was guilty of impeachable offenses.”

Bechloss then connected the same kind of dots to Trump’s objection to Mueller.

“We’ve got to be very much on alert about that tonight,” he warned.

Watch the discussion below:

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Donald Trumps needs a coronavirus scapegoat — and right now it’s China

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"If we are at war, who is the enemy?" asks Fred Hiatt, editorial page editor for The Washington Post in a smart piece that examines the question of who constitutes a target for a self-declared "wartime president."

While it is obvious that the enemy, in this case, is a tiny, sticky, invisible microbe that stubbornly gloms onto surfaces or leaps through the air to weaponize subway cars or shared gym equipment or a touch to the face.

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Trump says Putin to ‘probably ask’ for sanctions lifting

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President Donald Trump said Monday he expects his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to request the lifting of US sanctions during an upcoming phone call.

"Yeah, he'll probably ask for that," Trump told Fox News.

Trump did not say what his response would be, noting that he had put sanctions on Russia but adding: "They don't like that. Frankly we should be able to get along."

The two were due to talk "shortly," he said.

Last Thursday, Putin told G20 leaders during a conference call that he wanted a moratorium on sanctions as a "matter of life and death" during the global coronavirus outbreak.

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Arguing with the coronavirus deniers in your life can backfire — here’s how to make them see the light

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For those of us diligently practicing social distancing, it can be infuriatingly frustrating to encounter friends and loved ones who refuse to. There’s a strong temptation to lash out at them as selfish fools whose irresponsibility endangers us all. But doing so will backfire because, when people feel attacked, they get defensive and entrench in their position. Like it or not (not!), this is human nature.

Your civic duty, in addition to social distancing, is to talk to Covid-deniers in a way that has some chance of getting through to them. Here are some do’s and don’ts from the world of cross-partisan dialogue best practices that apply to the Covid-19 pandemic:

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