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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.”

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.”

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

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Get your fax right: Bungling officials spark Japan nuclear scare

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Bungling Japanese officials sparked a nuclear scare after a violent, late-night earthquake by ticking the wrong box on a fax form -- inadvertently alerting authorities to a potential accident.

Employees of the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), operator of the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant in Niigata -- where the 6.4-magnitude quake struck -- faxed a message to local authorities seeking to allay any fears of damage.

But TEPCO workers accidentally ticked the wrong box on the form, mistakenly indicating there was an abnormality at the plant rather than there was no problem.

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Harvard psychiatrist stunned by Donald Trump’s lies and ‘comfortable shamelessness’

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On Tuesday, President Donald Trump officially launched his re-election bid to crowds of supporters in Orlando, Florida. Notably, ahead of the kick-off of his campaign, he pledged to round up and deport migrants, a pledge widely seen as unrealistic but geared toward pleasing his base.

Raw Story spoke with Leonard L. Glass, M.D., M.P.H., about the Trump's re-election and whether he is fit for the office of President. Glass is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in Newton, Massachusetts. He is an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and a senior attending psychiatrist at McLean Hospital. Dr. Glass was President of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and was a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association until he resigned in protest of the Goldwater rule in April 2017. He contributed his scholarly background in ethics to “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump,” edited by Bandy X. Lee (dangerouscase.org).

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Who are the four men charged with downing of MH17?

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International investigators have charged three Russians and one Ukrainian with murder over the 2014 shooting down of flight MH17 above rebel-held eastern Ukraine in which 298 people were killed.

Here are the four suspects named by the Dutch-led team on Wednesday.

- Igor Girkin -

Igor Girkin -- also known by his pseudonym "Strelkov" -- is the most high-profile suspect.

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