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‘Stunning’: MSNBC’s John Heilemann warns Paul Ryan is now on ‘Team Russia’

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Veteran journalist and MSNBC political analyst John Heilemann linked House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) directly to Russia Thursday during a political discussion about Rep. Devin Nunes’ (R-CA) FBI memo.

According to Heilmann, Ryan’s decision to stand with Nunes and President Donald Trump means he’s now on “Team Russia.”

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“It has clarified the extent to which Paul Ryan is now no longer on ‘Team USA’ or on even ‘Team old-Republican party,’” Heilemann said. “He is on ‘Team Nunes,’ which means he is on ‘Team Trump’ which means, to some extent, they are all advancing, in some sense, the interests of Russia. This is what Russia wants here. I continue to be baffled by Ryan’s behavior.”

Heilemann continued, saying, “I find that utterly stunning. I did not think he would end up in this position.”

Ryan’s fall from grace is “utterly supine” and the speaker’s actions are “utterly stunning,” according to Heilemann. He anticipates they will have “huge implications for the future.”

Republican panelist Bill Kristol noted the White House thinks the memo will likely be released, but he anticipated it would be a “dud” and has already “accomplished its purpose.” The controversy and the media attention has already “muddied the waters” so Trump can fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

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They concluded there is no length the GOP will go to at this point to save Trump and protect him from the Russia investigation.

While Nunes has defended his controversial memo, he has not gone so far as to stake his own reputation on it’s veracity.

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Ex-Houston cop is charged with murder after his fraudulent search warrant got a couple killed

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Former Houston police officer Gerald Goines has been indicted on felony murder charges in relation to a drug raid in January that left a couple dead, the Houston Chronicle reported this Friday.

Questions about the raid, which took place January 28, began to swirl when it was revealed that Goines had lied to obtain the search warrant. The raid resulted in a shootout that killed 58-year-old Rhogena Nicholas and 59-year-old Dennis Tuttle. Goines was also wounded in the shootout as were four other officers.

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‘Making things worse’: National Farmer’s Union chief unloads on Trump in blistering statement on trade war

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Roger Johnson, the president of the National Farmers Union, delivered a blistering rebuke to President Donald Trump after he responded to new tariffs from China by issuing a purported "order" telling American companies to look for alternative places to manufacture their goods.

In an official statement, Johnson pointed out that farmers so far have felt the brunt of the president's trade war, as China has slapped heavy tariffs on key agricultural products such as soybeans.

He also crushed the president for failing to make any progress on reopening the Chinese market to American goods.

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Google tells workers to avoid arguing politics in house

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Google on Friday told employees to focus on work instead of heated debates about politics with colleagues at the internet company, which has long been known for encouraging people to speak their minds.

Updated workplace guidelines for "Googlers" called on them to be responsible, helpful, and thoughtful during exchanges on internal message boards or other conversation forums.

"While sharing information and ideas with colleagues helps build community, disrupting the workday to have a raging debate over politics or the latest news story does not," the updated guidelines stated.

"Our primary responsibility is to do the work we?ve each been hired to do, not to spend working time on debates about non-work topics."

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