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GOP Senate intel chair burns House intel Trump-Russia findings: They didn’t ‘substantiate every conclusion with facts’

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Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, ripped his colleagues on the House Intelligence Committee, arguing members of that panel did not “substantiate every conclusion with facts.

Burr made the remark on Tuesday in response to a question about whether the Senate intel committee agrees with the 2017 Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA) conclusion that Russian President Vladimir Putin interfered in the 2016 presidential election with the purpose of helping Donald Trump defeat Hillary Clinton.

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In their conclusion, GOP House intel members disagreed with the ICA’s position.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), who chairs the House intel committee, has led a pro-Trump insurgency among the panel, wielding his power to: provide the president with cover for his bogus claim that Barack Obama “wire tapped” Trump Tower during the 2016 presidential election; force the release of a 4-page memo (drafted by his own staffer) that used selective intelligence to accuse the FBI of illegally surveilling associates of the Trump campaign; and generally inventing a series of distractions aimed at discrediting special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

Burr has previously criticized the House intel committee, and particularly Nunes. Last year, the Senate intel chairman said Nunes “created” the narrative that members of the Obama administration improperly “unmasked” members of the Trump team.

“The unmasking thing was all created by Devin Nunes, and I’ll wait to go through our full evaluation to see if there was anything improper that happened,” Burr told CNN at the time.

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New York Times editorial writer Charles Blow called out the president in his Sunday editorial for always associating the country with himself.

The byproduct of narcissism is that everything surrounds the narcissist. Such is the case with President Donald Trump's latest series of tweets talking about "My Stock Market" and quoting a fan referring to him as the second coming of Christ.

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‘Disconnected from reality’: NY Times editor ridicules Trump for being a ‘farce’ of a president

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New York Times editorial board member, Michelle Cottle, released a scathing op-ed highlighting the president's tendency to give oxygen to his adversaries that no one else would be paying attention to otherwise.

In a piece relating the White House to a "three-ring" circus, Cottle called the president a "farce" for his new war with Anthony Scaramucci.

As the president tweeted, no one had heard of Scaramucci until Trump hired him and former chief-of-staff John Kelly fired him after only 11 days.

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President Donald Trump has an early morning meeting Monday with Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi. He also has a full day of meeting with the G-7, but that wasn't his focus in the early morning hours.

"My Stock Market gains must be judged from the day after the Election (sic), November 9, 2016, where the Market went up big after the win, and because of the win. Had my opponent won, CRASH!" Trump tweeted Sunday night in the U.S., which was nearly 2 a.m. in France where the president is staying during the G-7 summit.

My Stock Market gains must be judged from the day after the Election, November 9, 2016, where the Market went up big after the win, and because of the win. Had my opponent won, CRASH!

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