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Nixon lawyer John Dean: ‘I never feared for my country during Watergate — I fear for our democracy now’

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On Thursday, CNN’s Don Lemon had a panel with veteran journalist Carl Bernstein and John Dean, the former White House Counsel for President Richard Nixon. The two men agreed that President Donald Trump’s reaction to the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 has been “worse than Watergate.”

“This is worse than Watergate because the system worked in Watergate,” Bernstein said. “Republicans pursued the truth unlike Republicans on Capitol Hill today who have provided cover for Donald Trump to coverup in whatever has occurred here… So that’s the first big difference between why this is worse than Watergate.”

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Dean said that he fears for the country every day.

“I think we’re beyond that,” Dean said. “You think we’re seeing a coverup right now? I think we’re still in the middle of it, and I never feared for the country during Watergate. I fear for the country and I fear for our democracy right now. I have a knot in my stomach ever since Donald Trump won the election.”

Dean said President Trump’s incompetency is working in American’s favor.

“In fact, it’s Trump’s incompetency right now that I take comfort in,” Dean said. “He doesn’t know how to use the powers of the presidency the way Nixon did. [He] was a student of the presidency, who had been in Congress, who studied the president before he became president.”

He continued: “He knew where the levers were and how to work them. Trump hasn’t figured that out yet.”

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GOP senator flops hard when CNN’s Tapper asks him to name one case where Trump cared about foreign corruption

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Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) on Friday furiously tried to deflect when CNN's Jake Tapper asked him to name one instance other than Ukraine where President Donald Trump held up foreign aid to a country because he was concerned it was not fighting corruption.

During an interview, Tapper asked Lankford if he agreed that Trump's primary concern in holding up military assistance to Ukraine was because he sincerely wanted to root out corruption in the country rather than urge it to investigate his political opponents.

"Yes, I do actually think he's concerned about corruption and the people of Ukraine," the senator replied.

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Fox & Friends audience revolts after Geraldo Rivera hammers ‘diminished’ Rudy Giuliani

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"Fox & Friends" hosts were shocked by Geraldo Rivera's blunt assessment of Rudy Giuliani -- who had appeared on the show a short time earlier.

President Donald Trump's attorney spun wild claims about Joe Biden's dealings in Ukraine, as the Senate considers impeachment charges involving Giuliani's own actions there and the president's pressure scheme against its government, and Rivera expressed shock and alarm.

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New report blows the lid off a shadowy Christian nationalist group’s effort to re-write the law

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Bills that that are popping up in Tennessee and other states which seek to discriminate against LGBTQ people and bring religion into the public sphere are no coincidence; they're the result of a coordinate effort by Project Blitz -- a consortium of three Christian nationalist groups: the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation, the National Legal Foundation, and the Wallbuilders.

Washington Monthly spoke to Fred Clarkson, who's been studying the Christian right for decades, and he says that these bills "reflect the theocratic vision that’s animated a meaningful portion of the Christian Right for some time." According to Clarkson, Project Blitz's strategy is to divide their "model legislation" into three categories, depending on how much opposition each bill is expected to receive:

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