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CNN’s Toobin goes nuclear on Jeff Flake for refusing to act on Kavanaugh: ‘An extraordinary political coward’

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CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin on Thursday unloaded on Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) for refusing to take concrete action to slow down the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh — even as he made yet another speech before the Senate that pleaded for civility.

“Jeff Flake is an extraordinary political coward,” he said during a CNN panel discussion of Kavanaugh’s nomination. “He gave a nauseating speech yesterday, I thought. He goes on the Senate floor to inform the other 99 senators that the people involved here are human beings. Like, no kidding, right?”

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Toobin went on the shred Flake’s pleas for civility as a mere “act” to bolster his own reputation, even as he does nothing to check a presidency that he himself believes is a danger to the country.

“His act of being an agonized nice guy — when he has voted lockstep with Donald Trump on absolutely everything — is really just such a tired act,” he fumed. “Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) had the political courage to turn on President Trump when it came to the Affordable Care Act… they have been profiles in political courage, Jeff Flake has been the opposite.”

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’Let ‘em go’: Ex-police commissioner lays into Buffalo cops who quit Emergency Response Team

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On CNN Friday, former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey slammed the 57 Buffalo police officers who resigned from the city's Emergency Response Team in solidarity with a pair of officers investigated for shoving an elderly man to the ground and then lying about it.

"If they want to resign, they should resign from the department," said Ramsey. "They don't have a vote in what unit they're in or the running of that department. They would not be allowed to step down from those positions. If they want to resign from the police department, let 'em go, and I would not bring them back, it just means you have some slots you have to fill. That kind of stuff is ridiculous and can't be tolerated."

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Trump accused by ex-Defense Secretary of putting US on ‘the trail toward a dictatorship’

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During an appearance on CNN on Friday morning, former Defense Secretary William Cohen - who also served in the U.S. Senate as a Republican -- denounced Donald Trump in no uncertain terms, saying his use of military personnel against anti-police brutality protesters is a sign he has set the country on the path to a dictatorship.

To emphasize his point, he later called Trump the "dictator-in-chief."

Speaking with host Jim Sciutto, Cohen didn't mince words after the CNN host noted that the president and his former attorney called the protesters "terrorists."

"What does it mean for you to hear a sitting president dismissing a whole range of protesters, who in fact were largely peaceful around the White House, dismissing a whole range of them as terrorists? What does that mean to you?" the CNN host asked.

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Richmond mayor schools white lawmaker complaining removal of Confederate statue strips her of her history

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Appearing on CNN's "New Day" on Friday morning, the mayor of Richmond, Virginia set a white state lawmaker straight over her comments that the imminent removal of a statue commemorating Confederate General Robert E. Lee was erasing her history.

Speaking with host John Berman, Mayor Levar Stoney expressed pleasure at the upcoming removal of the massive statue, saying it was a long overdue -- before the interview turned to comments made by State Senator Amanda Chase (R) made in a Facebook post.

Noting that the white lawmaker complained, "Let's be honest here, there is an overt effort here to erase all-white history," Stoney had a few words for the lawmaker.

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