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Rex Tillerson bids farewell to ‘mean-spirited’ Washington after being sacked by Trump

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Outgoing US secretary of state Rex Tillerson did not mention President Donald Trump once in his farewell address to staff on Thursday — but left Washington with a bitter parting shot.

“This can be a very mean-spirited town,” he told group of several hundred diplomats and civil servants who gathered in the State Department lobby to see him off.

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“But you don’t need to choose to participate in that,” he added, to warm applause. “Each of us gets to choose the person we will be, the way we want to be treated and the way we will treat others.”

Trump sacked the 65-year-old former oilman in a tweet last week, the latest humiliation in a bruising 414-day term as chief diplomat for an administration with no time for traditional diplomacy.

Tillerson was to head home to Texas later in the day. Officials say he will retain his title until March 31, but his powers and duties have already passed to Deputy Secretary John Sullivan.

Sullivan will run the huge department until Trump’s preferred choice, secretary-designate and outgoing CIA chief Mike Pompeo, can be confirmed for the post by the US Senate.

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‘She’s fire’: Soccer superstar Megan Rapinoe explains her endorsement of Elizabeth Warren

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Soccer star Megan Rapinoe explained her endorsement of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) for president during a Friday evening interview with CNN's Don Lemon.

"Elizabeth Warren picking up a big endorsement today from Megan Rapinoe, the soccer star and social activist who was named Sports Illustrated's 2019 'Person of the Year' earlier this week," Lemon reported.

Lemon played a clip of Rapinoe talking to Warren that was posted earlier in the day on Twitter.

I truly believe the best things in life are a result of being bold and being real. I’m proud to endorse Elizabeth Warren today, for being bold, for being real, for listening to ALL of us, and for being prepared to navigate the unique challenges we face today as a country @ewarren pic.twitter.com/9hX3gQYjvo

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Why Rudy Giuliani has always been — and will always be — ‘a small man in search of a balcony’

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Pulitzer Prize-winning former New York Times journalist Clyde Haberman explained on Friday why the antics of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani are part of a pattern that has defined his career during an interview with MSNBC's Ari Melber on "The Last Word."

Haberman wrote a twice-a-week column about New York City for The Times during the majority of Giuliani's time as mayor.

Melber asked him about a new piece Haberman wrote for BuzzFeed News titled, "Ask Any New Yorker: Rudy Giuliani Was Always This Bad."

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Barney Frank unveils the slogan Democratic candidates can use to win the Senate in 2020

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Former Rep. Barney Frank suggested a slogan that Democrats could use to end the reign of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

Frank suggested the slogan during a Friday appearance on MSNBC.

"The Republican electorate -- and what happens is the dynamic as the Republicans get harder and harder in this far-right Trump fealty, some people leave the Republican Party, so that means the remainder are this hardcore," Frank replied.

"Mitch McConnell is going to pay a price," he said. "And frankly, I think the way this is going to play out the Republican senators are now making the toughest choice a politician can make, between the primary and the final -- between making sure you can get renominated and the winning in November."

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