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Justice Department’s third-highest official just resigned amid Trump’s DOJ criticisms

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The third-highest-ranking official in the Justice Department resigned from her associate attorney general position on Friday amid growing criticism from the GOP about alleged anti-Trump biases in the department.

The New York Times reported that associate AG Rachel Brand and her assistant Currie Gunn resigned after only nine months as the second in line in the Russia investigation following Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recusal last year.

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Last month, CNN reported that Brand was a driving force behind the reauthorization of a key portion of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, a bill that allows a secretive Justice Department court to grant spying warrants on American citizens. FISA has recently come under fire from the president and some Republicans after a memo written by GOP members of the House Intelligence Committee summarized alleged surveillance abuses in the warrant issued for former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

Page, it should be noted, was the subject of FISA warrants in 2014 as well for his known association with Russian government officials.

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Mississippi sheriff busted for complaining Hispanic lawmaker is ‘worse than a black person’

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On Friday, the Atlanta Black Star reported that Jim Johnson, the sheriff of Lee County, Mississippi, made a racist comment about Hispanic GOP state Rep. Shane Aguirre while complaining about his opposition to the construction of a new county jail outside Tupelo.

Aguirre, Johnson told white Lee County Supervisor Phil Morgan in a 2017 text message first released Tuesday by the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, was "worse than a black person."

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Another blue wave? This expert says is just might happen

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In July 2018, the most widely respected analysts were decidedly uncertain whether the Democrats could retake the House.  On July 6, Cook Political Report, for example, listed 180 seats as "solid" for Democrats, with 12 likely/lean and 3 "toss-up or worse." If the Democrats won all of those and the 22 GOP-held seats described as "toss-ups" — they'd still be one seat short of a majority, at 217.

This article first appeared in Salon.

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Ex-GOPer wallops ‘spineless’ Kevin McCarthy for giving Trump a free pass while condemning Steve King’s racism

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Appearing on MSNBC's "AM Joy" with fill-in host Ayman Mohyeldin, former Rep. Dave Jolly (R-FL) had nothing but contempt for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) for harshly criticizing Rep. Steve King (R-IA) for his racist comments -- among other things he has said -- but ignoring similar sentiments from Donald Trump.

With King under major fire from many in his own party over recent comments where he seemed to approve of rape and incest, Jolly called out McCarthy in particular for being selective about who he is willing to criticize.

"Is he simply defending the president to the hilt because he doesn't believe the president's comments are as racist as others have criticized them to be?" host Mohyeldin asked.

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