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WATCH: CNN panel devolves into chaos after Trump backer claims the president is ‘protecting America’ from Putin

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Anderson Cooper’s Tuesday night panel of political analysts descended into complete chaos when former Donald Trump campaign operative Steve Cortes attempted to argue that Trump had been harsh on Russian President Valdimir Putin. Cortes currently serves on Trump’s Hispanic Advisory Council.

“Our own administration–not the president, the Treasury Department–says Russian government cyber actors have targeted the U.S. government and multiple critical infrastructures,” Paul Begala reminded. “Our energy sector, nuclear sector, commercial facilities, water, aviation–why the hell isn’t he protecting America today from ongoing attacks from Russia?”

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“He is,” Cortes claimed. “And you know how he’s doing it?”

“By sucking up to Putin?” Begala answered.

At that point, Cortes attempted to claim Trump’s “words” have been harsh on Putin, which caused all of the panelists at the table to jump all over him at once.

Though all of the cross-talk was difficult to decipher, it did not appear that the panel agreed with his contention that Trump has had harsh words for Putin.

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Fresno Bee burns Nunes to the ground in scathing editorial

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The editorial board of the Fresno Bee has written a scathing takedown of Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) for his extraordinary fealty to President Donald Trump, which the editors say is harming the country.

Specifically, the editorial accuses Nunes of forsaking his oath of office as a congressman to serve as Trump's most loyal toady on the House Intelligence Committee.

"As has been true for nearly all of Trump’s first term, Nunes has relinquished his proper role as an independent representative of Congress and has instead acted like a member of the Trump 2020 re-election team," the editorial states.

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Republicans blundered badly as their own impeachment expert witness wrecked their defenses of Trump: columnist

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Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee pinned their hopes on George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley, their sole expert witness on the panel at the hearing on Wednesday, to discredit the impeachment probe into President Donald Trump.

But as anti-Trump conservative columnist Jennifer Rubin wrote for the Washington Post, even Turley's testimony ended up damaging the GOP more than Democrats, because he undercut one of the GOP's most solid narratives in defense of the president: that trying to extort Ukraine with military aid would not be impeachable even if it was proven.

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‘Dirty’ Jared Kushner should be targeted if GOP makes impeachment trial about Bidens: strategist

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President Donald Trump has signaled that he wants Senate Republicans to turn his impeachment trial around on Democrats by actually making it a trial of the Biden family.

The president on Thursday signaled that he wants former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, to testify at his impeachment trial in an effort to make the trial less about his own misconduct and more about purported misconduct by the Democrats.

However, Democratic strategist Simon Rosenberg on Thursday proposed a plan to counter this kind of misdirection: Going after Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, whose shady dealings with world leaders have so far escaped significant scrutiny.

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