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White House insiders think Trump made ‘epic’ error in allowing McGahn to cooperate with Mueller: report

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According to a source who spoke with Axios, White House counsel Doug McGahn had serious reservations about how much cooperation should be extended to special counsel Robert Mueller but gave in when Trump gave the go-ahead.

The Axios report calling the decision an “epic” mistake, states that within the White House several top officials believed — and continue to believe — that Trump made a huge mistake in the early days of Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

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McGahn has reportedly spent 30 hours being interviewed by Mueller’s investigators, providing them with what was described as information that never would have been obtained otherwise.

According to Axios, Trump still believes he did nothing wrong and doesn’t seem to understand the implications of his campaign staffer’s actions, with one White House insider saying bowing down to Mueller is “dumb” and “idiotic.”

As for White House lawyer McGahn, along with his attorney William Burck, he believed nothing good could come out of working with Mueller but gave up the fight after Trump gave his approval.

The report goes on to say that Trump’s relationship with the White House counsel is strained, with Trump expressing frustration with McGahn for telling him “no” rather than “looking for creative ways to get him [Trump] what he wants.”

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The new Rambo movie is essentially a MAGA fever dream of bigotry

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"Rambo: Last Blood," the latest in the long-running franchise about a traumatized war veteran (Sylvester Stallone) turned on-demand badass, is less an escapist action movie and more a dramatized manifestation of the most notorious sentences from Donald Trump's presidential campaign announcement speech: "They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people." Even for a series that has always been shaped by a right wing worldview, the only reason for this latest sequel to exist — besides generating profits from die-hard Stallone fans — is to validate MAGA-world bigotries about Mexicans.This article first appeared in Salon.

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Corey Lewandowski, Stephen Miller and the wages of contempt in TrumpWorld

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One of the worst side effects of the Trump presidency is the unleashing upon the world of these squinty-eyed, shaved-head, pissy little monsters like Corey Lewandowski and Stephen Miller, providing them a platform where they can spread their hatred of and contempt for decency and democracy and all things right and just well beyond their lonely basements and bedrooms where they had heretofore been confined. Guys like them have always been with us. You can probably recall running across one or two of them in a civics class in high school or college, shooting their sweaty palms into the air from the back row, trying to be recognized so they could challenge one liberal shibboleth or another.

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Ex-DHS head Kirstjen Nielsen leaves Atlantic Ideas Festival stage after outrage from grassroots movement

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Grassroots outrage apparently led Kirstjen Nielson, the former head of the Department of Homeland Security, to bow out of the Atlantic Ideas Festival Friday—but it's unlikely to represent more than a Phyrric victory over the mainstreaming of the President Donald Trump administration.

Critics pointed to Nielsen's oversight of the department's acceleration of Trump's war on immigrants, including the administration's family separation policy.

"No one from Trump's administration should get a soft landing to sanitize their actions while supporting and pushing forward a white nationalist, fascist agenda," advocacy group CREDO Action said in a statement.

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