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Aides scramble to keep Trump from smearing Christine Ford: ‘Hopefully he can keep it together until Monday’

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President Donald Trump has so far mostly kept the gloves on when it comes to attacking Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of trying to rape her when they were both teenagers.

Behind the scenes, however, aides have been scrambling to stop the president from leveling deeply personal attacks on Ford.

Sources tell Axios’ Jonathan Swan that “you have no idea” how difficult it is to stop Trump from lashing out at Ford.

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“Hopefully he can keep it together until Monday,” one White House official told Swan. “That’s only, like, another 48 hours, right?”

Trump has largely avoided going after Ford, although he told Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Thursday that he thought Ford should have immediately called law enforcement officials and told them what happened after allegedly being assaulted.

“Why didn’t somebody call the FBI 36 years ago?” the president said. “You could also say when did this all happen, what is going on? To take a man like this — with that being said, let her have her say and let’s see how it all works out.”


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Genocide expert breaks down how all of the ‘warning signs’ are present in Trump’s America

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Defense research scientist and genocide expert Brynn Tannehill laid out a terrifying warning on Thursday about President Donald Trump's administration.

As the United States Senate conducted an impeachment trial for the commander-in-chief, Tannehill posted an extended Twitter thread examining the situation in America from her perspective as a researcher studying the conditions that lead to genocide.

Here is what she wrote:

I study genocide. It's been a theme in my academic endeavours for nearly 30 years. More accurately, I study the conditions in the lead up to genocide, be they cultural, social, political, economic, etc... 1/n

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Year of Rat hails easy ride for Donald Trump — but bumps for Harry and Meghan

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As the world prepares to welcome the Year of the Rat, feng shui masters predict a lucky year for Donald Trump, but warn Harry and Meghan's futures are less certain as they make a bid for freedom.

Both the US President and the Sussexes have begun 2020 with a bang.

The former is facing down an impeachment trial -- and seeking re-election in November -- while the latter are beginning a new chapter in Canada after consciously uncoupling from the gilded but pressured career of being a working British royal.

But if experts in the field of Chinese horoscopes are to be believed, it is the US president that will have the easier journey this year.

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John Roberts caused a ‘crisis of democratic legitimacy’ — it’s ‘entirely fitting’ he has to preside over his mess: columnist

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Supreme Court Justice John Roberts was blasted in The Washington Post on Thursday for his culpability in creating the dynamics that resulted in President Donald Trump -- and his impeachment.

"There is justice in John Roberts being forced to preside silently over the impeachment trial of President Trump, hour after hour, day after tedious day," Dana Milbank wrote. "Roberts’s captivity is entirely fitting: He is forced to witness, with his own eyes, the mess he and his colleagues on the Supreme Court have made of the U.S. political system. As representatives of all three branches of government attend this unhappy family reunion, the living consequences of the Roberts Court’s decisions, and their corrosive effect on democracy, are plain to see."

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