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One of Putin’s fiercest critics explains how Russia propaganda has changed to accommodate Trump

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Renowned chess grandmaster and chairman of the Human Rights Foundation Garry Kasparov noted a peculiar change in Russia since the election of President Donald Trump, during a Monday interview with MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt.

“President Trump’s official demand of the Justice Department has reignited the debate on that department’s independence,” Hunt introduced, while reading a tweet from Kasparov.

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“What I see is Donald Trump keeps trying to divert an investigation into the minor details, because at the end of the day we have to find out more about contact between his campaign and Russians,” the former world champion observed. “We know these meetings took place, we know that many of Trump’s associates lied about them and if you have a bunch of people working for Trump who first denied the meeting took place and then lied about them…it’s very suspicious.”

“There is something quite unusual that has been happening in Russia over the last eight months,” Kasparov noted. “For many years, America bashing was a core of Putin domestic propaganda — 24/7 bashing America, criticizing America, calling America all the names and trying to defy America and America’s interests worldwide.”

“But today we could see the same pattern with one notable exception, the President of the United States is not mentioned,” he explained. “Any Trump name appears on Russian state news, it’s more like being sympathetic with his inability to confront the deep state.”

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“So, I guess it is quite an unusual pattern,” Kasparov continued. “On the other side, we could see Donald Trump, who not shy from criticizing anything, not saying one negative word about Vladimir Putin.”

Kasparov, who was the youngest ever undisputed World Chess Champion, explained why Trump was an inviting target for Russian intelligence operatives looking for kompromat, the Russian term for compromising material that could be used for blackmail.

“I guess that factors like money, women, gambling — they were definitely the top priorities, and it sounds quite familiar,” Kasparov noted. “So we can definitely point out one person who could be connected to all three of them.”

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Trump official Mina Chang quits after being busted inflating her resumé

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President Donald Trump has lost another top official in his State Department, days after Marie Yovanovitch testified the department had been "hollowed out."

"Mina Chang, a high-ranking State Department staffer who vaulted into the public spotlight after NBC reported she had inflated her resume, has resigned from her position," Politico reported Monday.

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Dick Cheney’s cardiologist explains why Donald Trump’s hospital visit is ‘worrisome’ — and what it could be

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Dr. Jonathan Reiner, who is still former Vice President Dick Cheney’s cardiologist, said that he spoke with someone assigned to talk about the president's health in the White House and still has questions about President Donald Trump's trip to Walter Reed over the weekend.

"This had been something they had been thinking about for a while, the president had some downtime, so he went over to Walter Reed to get some of this done," said Dr. Reiner, citing the White House source. "There was no sophisticated testing done. It's a little bit unusual. Almost everything that is usually done in a presidential physical like this, can be done in the White House at the White House medical unit. So, it doesn't really make a lot of sense why the president would travel to Walter Reed on a Saturday afternoon for this kind of testing."

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi tells colleagues why the GOP’s arguments to support Trump are ‘weak’

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) sent a "dear colleague" letter to members of Congress calling the Republican Party's justification for President Donald Trump's actions "weak."

"The facts are uncontested: that the President abused his power for his own personal, political benefit, at the expense of our national security interests," Pelosi wrote.

"The weak response to these hearings has been 'Let the election decide.' That dangerous position only adds to the urgency of our action, because the President is jeopardizing the integrity of the 2020 elections," she continued.

Monday morning, Trump tweeted a quote from a Democratic member of Congress who claimed on Fox News that impeachment should be disbanded because it is dividing the country.

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