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WATCH: Morning Joe slams the GOP for ‘lie after lie’ about the Trump-Russia dossier

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MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough accused congressional Republicans of lying about the president’s ties to Russia and helping him undermine the investigation.

The “Morning Joe” host welcomed the Buzzfeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith to discuss his decision to publish a dossier on Donald Trump’s connections to Russia — which the president insists is “fake news” and GOP lawmakers have claimed tainted the Justice Department investigation.

“Republicans have been so spun up about the dossier for a year now,” Scarborough said. “They know, I think they know that a large percentage of it is actually accurate, and yet they’re spinning one lie after another lie after another lie around it.”

According to the testimony of Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson, former British spy Christopher Steele was so alarmed by his findings that he contacted the FBI — but GOP senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) have recommended criminal charges against the dossier author.

“I think it’s dreadful that a Senate chairman would actually try to muddy the waters, as (Sen.) Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) said as much as he has, just to try to keep the truth from the people of Iowa and the American people,” Scarborough said. “But that’s exactly what he has been doing, and it’s all in the record, and you can look at the actual information and the testimony and see clearly that the Republicans were lying to their voters.”

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Co-host Mika Brzezinski said she didn’t understand why Republicans continued to cover for the president, when the evidence seemed to point to improper ties to Russia.

“At every turn, it appears this president is putting his own party in a horrible position,” she said. “Even if you look at (Tuesday)’s meeting. I’m not sure what the compliance for this president is in the Republican Party. I don’t know what they think they’re getting out of it. I don’t know what they think they’re getting in return. I really don’t.”

Scarborough pointed out that GOP lawmakers had effusively praised a president that he says they mock behind his back.

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“You know, (Sen.) Orrin Hatch (R-UT) says that he may be the greatest president ever,” Scarborough said. “I mean, what a great honor to be working for a guy that Orrin Hatch thinks may be even a greater president than Abraham Lincoln.”

Brzezinski hinted Republicans must be getting more out of the Trump presidency than has been publicly reported.

“That must be some regulatory reform,” she noted.


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Disney heiress who went undercover to Disneyland ‘livid’ at conditions and pay

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Heiress Abigail Disney went to one of her family's resorts to see conditions for workers herself and was disgusted by what she saw.

In comments to Yahoo News podcast "Through Her Eyes," Disney described how she went to Disneyland in California undercover and found that workers at the resort were treated poorly—and underpaid.

"Every single one of these people I talked to were saying, 'I don't know how I can maintain this face of joy and warmth when I have to go home and forage for food in other people's garbage,'" said Disney.

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Ex-Peru president wanted for corruption arrested in the US

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Former Peruvian president Alejandro Toledo was arrested in the United States Tuesday to face extradition to his home country on corruption charges, authorities in the South American nation said.

The 73-year-old is suspected of involvement in the sprawling Odebrecht scandal in which the construction giant paid hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes throughout the continent to secure huge public works contracts.

The Peruvian attorney general's office announced on Twitter that Toledo "was arrested this morning for extradition, in the United States."

Toledo has been formally charged with receiving a $20 million payment from Odebrecht to grant it the tender to build the Interoceanic Highway that links Peru with Brazil.

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Comic-Con mines past for future hits on 50th edition

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A smorgasbord of sequels, prequels and reunions from "Terminator" to "Game of Thrones" awaits thousands of misty-eyed comic book geeks and sci-fi nerds descending on San Diego this week for the world's largest celebration of pop culture fandom.

The 50th edition of Comic-Con International will see 135,000 cosplayers, bloggers, movie executives and humble fans pile into a sweaty convention center for glimpses of their heroes, in town to promote the next mega-hit films, TV shows and comic books.

This anniversary edition promises to be more nostalgia-laden than most -- among those expected to appear are Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton, who will soon reunite on screen for the first time since 1991's "Terminator 2" for Paramount's killer cyborg sequel "Dark Fate."

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