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MSNBC’s Maddow details Trump’s sketchy order for Sessions to hire a Flynn loyalist fired from the NSC

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MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Monday discussed the shakeup at the National Security Council since “John ‘Great White Death’ Bolton” became Donald Trump’s third national security adviser.

Maddow detailed the departures of members of the National Security Council who “have gone suddenly in the past three weeks, at least a half dozen of them. John ‘Great White Death’ Bolton has cleaned the place out quickly,” Maddow said. “But he’s not replaced them.”

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The host brought out “the wall” of Trump White House departures, zeroing in on “this guy”—former national security analust Ezra Cohen-Watnick, who served on the National Security Council under Michael Flynn. Cohen-Watnick later played a major role in the “unmasking” conspiracy created by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) and other Trump loyalists in Congress.


“That guy [Cohen-Watnick] was fired months ago as the intelligence director at the National Security Council,” Maddow said. ”He was fired apparently after he helped Devin Nunes pull off the weird stunt at the White House that got him investigated for mishandling classified material.”

“Nunes said he tried to say he had the proof that Trump Tower had been wiretapped,” Maddow explained. “President Obama did not wiretap Trump Tower.”

“The stuff that [Nunes] got from the White House he got reportedly from a young guy who Mike Flynn had installed on the National Security Council,” the host added.

Citing Bloomberg, Maddow reported that Cohen-Watnick was hired to work for Attorney General Jeff Sessions—and that “Donald Trump personally ordered the Department of Justice to hire him.”

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“We don’t know why President Trump has ordered him to be hired again by the Trump administration, and specifically be ordered that he be given a job in the office of Jeff Sessions,” Maddow said. “We don’t know why the president would issue an order to put that particular guy in that particular place.”

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Dr. Fauci emotionally recounts his close relationship with the late AIDS activist Larry Kramer

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Dr. Anthony Fauci has burst on to the national stage as a result of the current coronavirus pandemic, but his work as a public health official extends back decades. He was a key figure in the fight against HIV/AIDS, and in an interview on PBS NewsHour on Wednesday, he offered a personal and emotional glimpse into that history.

Earlier in the day, it was reported that Larry Kramer, a famed writer and influential AIDS activist, had died at age 84. PBS host Judy Woodroof noted that Fauci and Kramer had been friends.

"In the beginning of the AIDS outbreak in the 1980s, the two of you had a pretty contentious relationship," Woodroof said. "But that changed over time."

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REVEALED: An Obama-era plan to protect medical workers in a pandemic was thwarted under Trump

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President Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed that his Democratic predecessor in the White House, Barack Obama, left him ill-prepared to handle a major health crisis when, in fact, Obama’s administration left behind a comprehensive pandemic game plan that included a 69-page playbook. But Trump’s administration abandoned those Obama-era recommendations. On top of that, National Public Radio’s Brian Mann is reporting that Trump’s administration, in 2017, “stopped work on new federal regulations that would have forced the health care industry to prepare for an airborne infectious disease pandemic such as COVID-19.”

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‘Don’t be a sucker’: CNN’s Cuomo begs viewers not to let Trump’s antics distract from the horror of COVID deaths

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On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time," Chris Cuomo warned viewers not to be taken in by President Donald Trump's distraction tactics — and instead focus on the loss of human life from the coronavirus pandemic.

"It's a sad night. I don't know any other way to put it," said Cuomo. "I don't even like that the music's playing, to be honest. It's just three months. We've lost a hundred thousand lives. Do you need band music to tell you it's something urgent?"

"We were told this pandemic would magically disappear without any real trouble. A couple dozen cases," said Cuomo. "Today, did you hear what our president, Donald John Trump, said to calm and reassure our nerves, that we will do everything we can to keep us safe as we reopen and that he will make it his life's focus because that what a president does? Did you hear him say that? Me either. Not a damn word from Trump as this country is just struggling to get our heads and our hearts, let alone our hands around processing such loss so quickly. Suddenly he is now at a loss. Not even a tweet."

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