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CNN’s Begala claims Trump is acting like Putin’s ‘got something on him’ with invite to rejoin G7

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During an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, political analyst Paul Begala slammed President Trump for his latest foreign affairs actions on Friday.

On his way to the Group of 7 summit taking place in Charlevoix, Canada, President Trump told reporters that Russia should be reinstated to G7 on Friday.

“Russia should be in this meeting,” President Trump told reporters. “They should let Russia come back in, because we should have Russia at the negotiating table.”

Begala said it was “madness” that President Trump would invite Russia into the G7 and bashed him for putting tougher tariffs on Canada.

“Right now, they are our best customers and we have gone to economic war against our best customers and our best national security allies. It makes no sense,” Begala said. “He is saying that Canada and the European community are a national security threat to America. That is the legal requirement to impose these tariffs. It is madness. It is bad business. It is bad national security.”

Begala continued: “there is no good explanation for it. There is one really bad one. And that is, he has some peculiar affection for Putin. They committed an act of war against the United States of America, and have not been punished. There is no good reason. And there is a lot of speculation that Vladimir Putin’s got something on Donald Trump and — Mr. Trump is sure acting like it.”

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Anger in India as lychee-linked brain fever kills 103 children

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Angry protests erupted in one of India's poorest states Tuesday over the deaths of more than 100 children from a mysterious brain fever potentially linked to lychees.

So far this month 103 children, mostly under 10 and malnourished, have died from Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in the Muzaffarpur area of the eastern state of Bihar.

The toll may rise with dozens more children undergoing treatment in packed hospital wards, where television pictures showed several children to a bed.

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Trump set to formally launch reelection campaign at Orlando rally

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US President Donald Trump is on Tuesday set to launch his 2020 reelection campaign at a rally in Orlando, Florida. Trump is expected to once again offer himself as the outsider - but it’s a much more awkward pitch to make from inside the Oval Office.

Advisers said Trump will aim to connect the dots between the promise of his disruptive first-time candidacy and his goals for another term in the White House. His promises to rock the ship of state are now more than an abstract pledge, though, complicated by his tumultuous 29 months at its helm.

Any president is inherently an insider. Trump has worked in the Oval Office for two years, travels the skies in Air Force One and changes the course of history with the stroke of a pen or the post of a tweet.

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Jon Stewart shames ‘turtle’ Mitch McConnell for ‘slow-walking’ 9/11 relief: ‘I know your species isn’t known for moving quickly’

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Jon Stewart fired back at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in their ongoing dispute over relief to 9/11 first responders.

The former "Daily Show" host appeared on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," where he told his former Comedy Central colleague that he was not "bent out of shape," as McConnell said, or "looking for some way to take offense."

“I feel like an assh*le,” Stewart said. “I didn’t know that (lawmakers) were busy. I didn’t mean to interrupt them -- with their jobs!”

“Honestly, Mitch McConnell, you really want to go with the ‘we’ll get to it when we get to it argument’ for the heroes of 9/11?” he added. “Listen, senator, I know that your species isn’t known for moving quickly.”

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