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Ex-Tea Party lawmaker blasts Trump apologists: You can’t explain ‘all the lying’ about Russia

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Former Republican Congressman Joe Walsh has frequently become more and more suspicious of President Donald Trump’s behavior around the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election — and now the former Tea Party lawmaker thinks the GOP will soon come to regret enabling his presidency.

Writing on Twitter, Walsh observed that the Trump White House has once again been caught lying — this time about the president’s role in dictating a misleading statement about Donald Trump Jr.’s infamous meeting at Trump Tower with Russian agents during the 2016 presidential campaign.

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“If there was nothing wrong, why did Trump purposely mislead?” he asked.

Walsh then expanded his critique of the president’s behavior and said that the serial lying about the Russia investigation from Trump and his associates was legitimately unnerving.

“Damn near everyone on Team Trump has been caught lying, over and over, about Russia,” he wrote. “Why?”

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Finally, Walsh slammed the president for once again attacking investigators who are looking into whether his campaign colluded with Russia or whether the president himself obstructed their efforts to learn the truth — and he said it set a worrying precedent for future presidents to behave the same way.

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“The whole point of Trump’s attacks on the IG report, like his attacks on the Mueller investigation, is to make sure his supporters don’t trust or believe the results,” he wrote. “One day, Republicans are going to regret these attacks on the FBI & the Justice Dept.”

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There’s no respite from Trump’s vindictiveness and foolishness

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As we know, even in the midst of a national emergency, Donald Trump could find time and bandwidth to continue his retribution campaign.

He dismissed Michael Atkinson, the inspector general for the intelligence agencies, for doing “a terrible job,” satisfying his own thirst for vengeance for anyone who actually adhered to law and practice over blind loyalty to Trump himself. Indeed, asked about it the next day, Trump underscored his action by saying, Atkinson “was no Trump supporter, that I can tell you.”

It was an act that we once would have labeled corruption, by Democrats and Republicans – that is using the office for personal purposes – if Congress and too many Americans had not since become inured by so many like instances.

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This is how Taiwan and South Korea bucked the global lockdown trend

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As the coronavirus pandemic sparks global lockdowns, life has continued comparatively unhindered in places like Taiwan, South Korea and Hong Kong after their governments and citizens took decisive early action against the unfolding crisis.

At first glance Taiwan looks like an ideal candidate for the coronavirus. The island of 23 million lies just 180 kilometres (110 miles) off mainland China.

Yet nearly 100 days in, Taiwan has just 376 confirmed cases and five fatalities while restaurants, bars, schools, universities and offices remain open.

The government of President Tsai Ing-wen, whose deputy is an epidemiologist, made tough decisions while the crisis was nascent to stave off the kind of pain now convulsing much of the rest of the world.

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Republican ex-lawmaker with coronavirus scolds Wisconsin GOP for forcing voters to risk their health

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On CNN Tuesday, former Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA), who is himself dealing with a bout of COVID-19, chastised the Wisconsin GOP for doing everything in their power to block the state elections from being moved — and forcing many voters to stand in line and risk exposure to the virus to cast their ballot.

"I have to tell you, here in Pennsylvania we have a Democratic governor and Republican legislature," Dent told host Don Lemon. "They postponed the election here from April 28 until June 2. Without any controversy. Everybody agreed it was the right thing to do and they moved on. I'm surprised Wisconsin took this risk, knowing they don't have to."

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