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Morning Joe guest: Trump ‘surrendered the Cold War’ to Putin when he ‘threw America under the bus’ in Helsinki

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President Donald Trump “surrendered the Cold War” to Russia by siding with its president over U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies, according to historian and author Walter Isaacson.

Isaacson told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” the president had upended more than a half century of U.S. foreign policy in less than a week.

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“What happened last week was Donald Trump just surrendered the Cold War,” Isaacson said. “He did it by throwing America under the bus in Helsinki, he did it by throwing NATO under the bus in Brussels and throwing the United Kingdom under the bus.”

He said the president’s actions were indisputable but his motives were unclear.

“Why would he do it?” Isaacson said. “Is he just unhinged? Is it because he is so unhinged and demented about the election? Is it because he has fears of Russia, that they have compromising material on him — something I never even considered to be true until this past week, when so many credible people are saying it.”

Isaacson said all of those open questions were serious and potentially dangerous.

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“If all of those are still questions, everybody should stand up and say, let the Mueller investigation continue to see whether it was a financial thing, to see whether it was compromising material, to see if anything happened,” he said.

He challenged Republican lawmakers to protect special counsel Robert Mueller as he investigates Trump campaign ties to Russia.

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“All of the Republicans who have come out now and been wringing their hands about, ‘Oh, he shouldn’t have been saying that in Helsinki,’ there’s just one question to answer,” Isaacson said, “which is will you support now the continuation of the Mueller investigation so we can get to the bottom of this?”

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Heather Heyer’s mom says things have gotten worse since Charlottesville — but she has a solution

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CNN's Ana Cabrera on Saturday interviewed Susan Bro, the mother of Heather Heyer. Her daughter was murdered by a white nationalist terrorist during the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017.

"When you watch what’s happening in Portland, thankfully everything right now is peaceful, but does it sort of give you that knee-jerk reaction where your hackles kind of go up, just given everything your family has been through?" Cabrera asked.

"My hackles don’t really go down anymore," Bro replied. "I am constantly tracking these things around the country as they happen. Yeah, I think after two years ago, mine will never completely go down again."

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Trump-loving “hate group” leader struggles to defend chauvinism during CNN interview on Portland chaos

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Portland, Oregon on Saturday was the scene of another far-right mobilization by groups such as the Proud Boys and Patriot Prayer.

CNN's Sara Sidner interviewed Enrique Tarrio, who succeeded Gavin McInnes as the chairman of the Proud Boys. The group is listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Tarrio had traveled from Miami to take part in the far-right rally in Portland and appeared to be wearing body armor.

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‘Go back to Harlem!’: Florida woman has n-word laced meltdown after bumping black woman’s shopping cart

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On Saturday, the Atlanta Black Star reported an incident in Florida, in which a white woman screamed racial slurs at a black woman at a Publix supermarket in Miami after their shopping carts jostled each other.

After the woman allegedly banged into Nicki Johnson's cart, she refused to apologize, saying, "I didn't hit you with my cart, and f**k you,  you f**king n****r."

Johnson whipped out her cell phone camera, and began recording the incident, saying "You, why don't you call me a n****r again?"

"You thinking I'm sorry?" snapped the woman. "Let me tell you something, I don't have to call you anything. Get away from me, I will call security and there are surveillance videos. Get away from me!"

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