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Fox’s defense reporter humiliates Trump: Military leaders thought his parade idea was a joke

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Fox News’ National Security Correspondent Jennifer Griffin reported that Pentagon officials did not believe reports that President Donald Trump actually wanted a military parade in Washington, DC during a Wednesday interview with Shepard Smith.

“The Pentagon is planning a military parade after President Trump asked for one, that’s the word from one U.S. defense official,” explained Fox News anchor Shepard Smith.

President Trump was enchanted by the Bastille Day Military Parade along the Champs-Elysées during a July visit to Paris. The parade has been held annually since 1880.

“On the plane ride home, he said he was dazzled by the show of military hardware and wondered it aloud and repeatedly since then as to why the U.S. does not have a military parade along Pennsylvania Avenue,” Griffin reported. “The defense secretary and others realized at that Pentagon meeting in January, that the president’s musings were serious and ordered to start planning.”

“At the inauguration, President Trump was disappointed that he could have a full military parade with tanks and other symbols of American power to mark his ascent to the presidency,” Griffin continued. “At the time, he was dissuaded because the tank treads would tear up Pennsylvania Avenue, Shep.”

“I would describe, however, the reaction at the Pentagon yesterday when this story broke as a collective eye roll from military leaders who I’ve spoken to,” Griffin reported.

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“Most thought it was a joke at first,” Griffin explained. “Many fear that the U.S. will look like the dictators that they scoff at around the world.”

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Here’s why Trump and Putin are only frenemies at this point

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President Trump’s campaign of “maximum pressure” on Iran has hit an obstacle: Russia.

While the United States insists that Iran shot down a U.S. surveillance drone in international airspace last week, Russia rejected the charge on Tuesday and supported Iran’s claim that the Global Hawk drone with a 116-foot wingspan was shot down over Iranian territory.

A top Russian official stated Moscow’s intelligence findings at a meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday, according to Haaretz, the Israeli daily.

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How the GOP is embracing more ruthless power grabs in the face of huge political challenges

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On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on two cases highlighting the collision between partisan power grabs and setting the ground rules for two of the most important elections in America—those for U.S. House and state legislative chambers.

This article was produced by Voting Booth, a project of the Independent Media Institute.

One ruling concerns whether the Trump administration can add a question to the 2020 census that asks if anyone residing in that address is not a U.S. citizen. The other concerns whether hyper-partisanship is unconstitutional when state legislatures run by a single party draw electoral districts to maximize their party’s likelihood of winning elections.

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Hope Hicks may have implicated Jared Kushner in a coverup

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Former White House communications director Hope Hicks frustrated Democrats last week when she refused to answer multiple questions about her time in the White House.

However, Mother Jones' David Corn and Dan Friedman noticed one bit of Hicks's testimony that shines a negative light on Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner.

When asked about her false statement in December 2016 that there had been no contact between members of the Trump campaign and Russian government officials, Hicks said she consulted several top officials who worked for the campaign before making the statement, including Kellyanne Conway, Steve Bannon -- and Jared Kushner.

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