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Fox News’ Brit Hume smacks down claim Nunes memo ‘totally vindicates’ Trump

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Fox News host Brit Hume on Saturday poured cold water on Donald Trump’s claim that a memo, drafted by staffers for House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA), “totally vindicates” him.

Trump on Saturday morning tweeted that the controversial memo,which discusses FISA warrant applications for onetime campaign adviser Carter Page—“totally vindicates” him in the Russia investigation.

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On Twitter Saturday, an apparent Trump-backer argued the president was referring to the bogus claim that former President Barack Obama “wiretapped” Trump Tower in 2016.

“I believe his vindication tweet was about the ‘Wiretapping.’” the user insisted. “The media went crazy and beat him in the head with that for weeks. Where are the corrections to that story?”

Trump last year claimed—without evidence—that Obama wiretapped Trump Tower during the 2016 presidential election. The president once said he felt “somewhat vindicated” for making that bogus claim after Nunes (yes, that same Nunes) publicized allegations the previous administration “unmasked” members of the Trump campaign and transition officials. Nunes’ Senate counterpart, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC), told reporters the “unmasking” scandal was “created by Devin Nunes.”

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As Hume pointed out Saturday, the “wiretapping” claim on Trump Tower and the FISA warrant on Page are two separate claims.

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Mass rallies, crazy decisions, grandiose posturing: This is what living in a dictatorship feels like

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Another week of shaking our heads and wondering how much longer we can survive him. Yet again, Donald Trump overwhelmed practically everything with the force of his obscene personality, running his mouth and his thumbs even while he was failing to run the country in any sort of conventional sense. He doesn’t actually do anything, but he dominates everything. Living in America today is like being trapped in a room with him — no doors, no windows, no exits, only Trump and the sound of Trump and the hideous image of Trump, all day, every day, for day after day after day.

This article first appeared in Salon.

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Trump officials furious with NRA over ‘dick move’ leak of LaPierre phone call: report

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President Donald Trump originally appeared interested in strengthening federal background check laws in the wake of deadly mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. Then, after a phone conversation with National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre on Tuesday, Trump reportedly assured him that background checks were "off the table" and pivoted to discussing anything but guns.

It was a depressingly familiar moment for Trump, who also previously headfaked toward some minor gun control reforms after the Parkland school shooting and quickly walked them back.

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Former Dem Senator hilariously nails perfect impression of ‘pouting’ Trump at G7 because nobody ‘likes him’ there

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During the "Overtime" segment of HBO's Real Time, former North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D) made fun of Donald Trump before he arrived at the G7 summit in France,m saying he will pout his way through the weekend because the other world leaders loathe him.

With host Bill Maher asking how the Trump will conduct himself, Heitkamp immediately went into a very recognizable arms-crossed pout, which caused the audience to burst into laughter.

After the two posed as Trump and Geerman leader Angela Merkel from the last get together, Heitkamp had a few things to say about the president.

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