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‘Trump is nuts’: Ex-White House official says president spent the weekend ‘calling people and screaming’

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A former official at President Donald Trump’s White House has told Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman that the president this weekend blew a gasket after watching both his former campaign chairman and former personal attorney become convicted felons.

The official revealed to Sherman that, even though Trump was fairly subdued and depressed during his big West Virginia rally shortly after the conviction of Paul Manafort and the guilty plea of Michael Cohen, he was back to being angry and vengeful by the time the weekend rolled around.

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“Trump is nuts,” the former West Wing official explained. “This time really feels different.”

Sherman also cites a former White House official who claims that Trump “spent the weekend calling people and screaming” about his situation.

Sherman’s sources also say Trump has continued to bring up potentially pardoning Manafort, despite the fact that such a pardon has been warned against by White House counsel Don McGahn.

Additionally, Trump’s lawyers have tried to convince the president that he should publicly admit to making multiple payoffs to mistresses over the years so he can argue that the payoffs to adult film star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal were part of routine business, not campaign finance violations. Trump, however, rejected the offer, Sherman writes.

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The Arab uprisings were weakened by online fakes

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When Tunisian dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country in January 2011, rumours and uncertainty created "panic and hysteria", said ex-activist and entrepreneur Houeida Anouar.

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As pro-regime media pumped out misinformation, the flood of bogus news also spread to the internet, a space activists had long seen as a refuge from censorship and propaganda.

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"If you want emergency relief it is very helpful to be as clear and concise as humanly possible," he explained. "Pointing the court back to your 100+ page complaint with its 29 exhibits isn't how that is best done. To put it very mildly."

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