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MSNBC analyst Malcolm Nance details how Trump is mimicking Putin’s rise to power

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MSNBC intelligence analyst Malcolm Nance explained how President Donald Trump is mimicking the political rise of Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin by firing FBI Director James Comey and Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.

“You know, I’ve been saying for some time that this White House is operating precisely as Vladimir Putin did when he rose to power,” Nance explained on MSNBC’s The Beat with Ari Melber. “Whenever he met an obstacle, he met a person who was in front of him who had power, he removed that power away from him.”

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“He didn’t care what the results of that were,” Nance observed.

“You know, I have joked from time to time that there’s a rat in the White House, a Russian advisory team,” he continued. “And that actually was a strategy that the Russians used against the CIA and the FBI — discredit the leadership, make people not trust their word.

“Donald Trump has learned that lesson, he knows that there’s two parts to this story,” Nance suggested. “There is a legal side and he probably will be caught up in… the legal technicalities of obstruction of justice. But he’s also playing this sort of worldwide professional wrestling side where he is playing to the crowd and he is trying to discredit the leadership of the FBI personally.”

“He knows that at some point, they’re going to be bought as witnesses and this is critical for him,” Nance concluded.

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GOP lawmakers melt down after Maryland AP history class teacher uses illustration to compare Trump to Nazis

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According to a report from the Washington Times, Maryland Republicans are up in arms after an AP history teacher at a local high school used a slide to illustrate similarities between Donald Trump's policies and those of the Nazis.

The report states, "A slide used in an Advanced Placement history class at Loch Raven High School in Towson shows a picture of Trump above pictures of a Nazi swastika and a flag of the Soviet Union. Two captions read 'wants to round up a group of people and build a giant wall' and 'oh, THAT is why it sounds so familiar!'"

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Stop praising anti-Trump evangelicals: Their embrace of authoritarianism is a big part of the problem

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At this critical moment for American democracy our media landscape is doing a poor job in its coverage of conservative white evangelicals. Coverage of this relatively large segment of the population is characterized by, on the one hand, effusive praise for the slightest milquetoast criticism of Donald Trump, and on the other, by a periodic parade of nearly interchangeable unfounded predictions about how evangelical youth are going to change America’s most radically right-wing demographic for the better—any day now. In the words of the great sage Bullwinkle J. Moose, “This time for sure!”

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Intel official who briefed lawmakers on latest Russian meddling targeted for ouster by Trump White House: CNN

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During a discussion on the war on the intelligence community being waged by the Donald Trump's White House, CNN host Victor Blackwell stated that sources speaking with the network stated that the intel official who briefed lawmakers for both parties on new efforts by Russia to meddle in U.S. elections could be on the way out.

Speaking with contributor Lynn Sweet, Blackwell asked about the so-called "purge" being conducted by the White House.

"It sends the signal once again that President Trump is not a respecter of the United States intelligence services with the bigger issue that a permanent director has not been in that office since last summer when Dan Coates was forced out," Sweet explained. "This is a key position, subject to Senate confirmation and Trump hasn't seen fit to have a permanent director for months now."

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