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‘Isn’t intel and Nunes an oxymoron?’: Democratic House member lays waste to Nunes in blistering dismantling of memo

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Appearing on MSNBC, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) had very little good to say about his House colleague, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), all but calling him stupid in an interview with host Alex Witt.

Asked about the House intel head, Cohen got the interview off to a rousing start by quipping, “Doesn’t it sound like an oxymoron to say ‘intel chair’ and ‘Nunes?'”

Host Witt didn’t take the bait, and instead asked about the Nunes memo and the possible firing of Assistant Attorney General Rod Rosenstein by President Donald Trump, asking, “Didn’t it sound like Rod Rosenstein’s job was safe?” in reference to Trump’s morning comments.

“It’s not safe,” Cohen replied. “Trump will do whatever he can to get away with what he’s done with the Russians. He knows what he did with the Russians during the campaign and he knows what the Russians have on him. That’s affecting our government and that’s why the sanctions were passed almost unanimously.”

“That’s why he hasn’t released his taxes,” he continued. “That’s why he loves Putin. We have a foreign entity, our most feared and reviled enemy, Russia, who despises the whole idea of democracy and free government and free press who has taken over and has an influence over our president, and that is harmful. It’s disgraceful, so to speak.”

Asked about the Nunes memo, Cohen trashed the GOP’s motives for making it public.

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“It revealed sources and methods that never should have been released,” Cohen explained. “This wasn’t created to help the intelligence committee. It was created to be released, and it was created to be released without the Democratic memo to respond to it being released contemporaneously. This is simply a four-page, poorly drafted, shallow memo written for the purpose of creating a sideshow so we won’t talk with what Trump has done with Russia, why he doesn’t want Mueller to go forward, why he doesn’t release his taxes and all the other things he’s done.”

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Trump’s anti-abortion rule attacking Planned Parenthood can go into effect in 49 states: appeals court

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According to the Associated Press, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Thursday that President Donald Trump's domestic "gag rule" can take effect while litigation proceeds, potentially making it far harder for low-income women to access abortion care.

District judges in California, Oregon, and Washington previously blocked the rule from taking effect. But a three-judge panel in San Francisco today said that the rule was "reasonable" as an interpretation of federal law, and lifted the injunction preventing it from being enforced. The rule can now take effect in every state except Maryland, where another federal judge's order has still enjoined the policy.

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Trump supporter struggles to explain racism towards Muslim neighbor: ‘They were just — walking around’

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In an extensive report by The New York Times, Somali refugees in St. Cloud, Minnesota lamented that they face an absurd amount of racism after fleeing ISIS and a war-torn country.

The story describes a local meeting at the Faith Lutheran Church where a free-flowing discussion about politics, abortion, and more quickly turned to discuss the so-called "refugee problem."

Nearly every person in attendance gave support to President Donald Trump. "Others said that markers of progress were more interpersonal, and they would only be comfortable in their community if the Somali-born refugees converted to Christianity," the Times wrote.

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Prosecutors want hearing on revoking Roger Stone’s bail after he posted right-wing propaganda despite gag order

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Roger Stone may have violated his gag order with Instagram postings and federal prosecutors want a hearing for a judge to consider modifying the conditions of his release from jail pending trial.

"On or about June 18 and 19, 2019, the defendant posted to Instagram and Facebook, commenting about this case and inviting news organizations to cover the issue," prosecutors said in a filing the day after the most recent posting.

Stone is a longtime political advisor to Donald Trump.

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