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MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow slams White House for typo that brought the US to the ‘brink of war’

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The White House created an uproar Monday night with an official statement from press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, but it tried to tamp down the backlash later in the evening when it said the entire controversy was the result of a typo.

The issue began when the White House released a statement concerning Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Monday presentation, which claimed that Iran had conducted and preserved more extensive research on nuclear weapons before it signed the so-called “Iran Deal” with the United States.

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Citing the evidence Israel obtained, the White House said in a written statement, “Iran has a robust, clandestine nuclear weapons program that it has tried and failed to hide from the world and from its own people.”

As MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow noted, that statement went far beyond the evidence Netanyahu presented, and it echoed President George W. Bush’s false claims that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction before the Iraq War. She noted that such a bold declaration of Iran’s nuclear capabilities would be very close to a declaration of war on Iran.

But later the evening, the White House changed the statement as it appears on the White House website, replacing the word “has” with “had,” reflecting the fact that Iran does not now appear to have a nuclear weapons program. The White House did not, however, send out an official correction to the journalists who receive the statements by email or formally acknowledge that a mistake had been made.

Maddow noted that a White House official called the mistake a “clerical error.”

“Boy howdy, is that one ‘robust’ clerical error!” Maddow said.

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Trump’s former mistress is taking on Fox News for accusing her of extortion

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According to a lawsuit filed against Fox News by a former Playboy model who says she had an affair with Donald Trump before he was president, network host Tucker Carlson falsely accused her of extortion by claiming she “approached Donald Trump and threatened to ruin his career and humiliate his family if he doesn’t give them money," The New York Times reports.

"Now that sounds like a classic case of extortion," Carlson said during his show on Dec. 10, 2018. "Yet for whatever reason, Trump caves to it, and he directs Michael Cohen to pay the ransom. Now, more than two years later, Trump is a felon for doing this. It doesn't seem to make any sense."

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GOP now stands for ‘Gang of Putin’: Conservative slams Republican ‘affinity’ for Russian president

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For aging Gen-Xers and Baby Boomers who are old enough to remember the Cold War, the admiration that the alt-right has for Russian President Vladimir Putin — a former KGB agent — is quite ironic. And that irony isn’t lost on conservative Washington Post columnist Max Boot, who is highly critical of President Donald Trump’s pro-Putin outlook in his December 4 column.

Boot, now 50, was born in Moscow on September 12, 1969 — back when Moscow was still part of the Soviet Union. But he was still a kid when his parents fled the Soviet Union and moved to Los Angeles, where he grew up. The Soviet Union ceased to exist in the early 1990s, and Putin is a right-wing authoritarian — not a communist. Boot, however, emphasizes in his column that Russia is still no friend of the United States.

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Trump’s promises on manufacturing jobs have collapsed — all thanks to his trade war

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One of President Donald Trump's biggest promises during the 2016 campaign was to bring manufacturing jobs back to the United States.

However, as Axios reports, the manufacturing sector of the economy is in a major slump and much of it can be attributed to the president's trade wars against multiple countries.

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