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Here’s why Trump’s attacks on Bob Woodward are a total ‘PR 101’ failure

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Bloomberg’s White House correspondent Shannon Pettypiece delivered a brutal assessment of Trump’s response to the growing number of leaks, books, and opinion pieces describing an administration in chaos, an incompetent president, and an alarmed staff working to thwart his worst instincts at every turn.

“That’s PR 101, if it’s corporate or celebrity PR. Don’t give fuel to the fire. Don’t talk about the alleged accusations against you. Don’t talk about the person,” Pettypiece said. “What does this do? It raises the profile of the book and sells more books. In all of these instances, the president’s tweets raise more attention to the books whether it’s Omarosa or Woodward.”

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Pettypiece worried that Trump is living in a bubble of his own creation. The president, she said “is so confident in his instincts when it comes to his political instincts, business instincts, he is not listening to anybody around him, whether it’s national security, public relations, or communications. He, as he always has been and now increasingly so, feels he is going to follow his gut on every issue.”

Journalist and author of “The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency” Chris Whipple agreed, panning the president’s responses. “The problem is, discipline and process are anathema for Donald Trump. Until he can get some of that, this is going to continue to be a mess,” he said, mocking the administration. “It’s going to be continuing chaos. You don’t get anywhere by running around, threatening bogus national security investigations or threatening to strap everyone up to a lie detector test.”

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‘Cold Civil War’: Carl Bernstein offers chilling preview of the stakes in Trump impeachment hearings

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Legendary reporter Carl Bernstein on Tuesday delivered a chilling warning about the state of American politics ahead of President Donald Trump's impeachment hearings.

During a CNN appearance, Bernstein was asked where the country stood just one day before the start of public impeachment hearings -- and he didn't mince words.

"Where we stand as a country in the middle of a cold civil war," he said. "Everything is going to be judged politically in the context of that cold civil war."

Bernstein then laid out how much damning evidence that Democrats have collected so far, which he said in another era would likely lead to the president's conviction in the Senate. Now, however, he said that all the evidence in the world might not be enough to end Trump's presidency.

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Franklin Graham unleashes angry rant about Trump impeachment – then quotes the Bible: ‘The Lord detests lying lips’

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Evangelical activist Franklin Graham, who is closely tied to President Donald Trump, is once again defending the Commander-in-Chief, and once again is twisting truth into a prayerful pretzel to do so.

This may be the most consequential week yet in the 146 week-long presidency of Donald Trump.

Starting Wednesday the House Intelligence Committee will hold open hearings for three administration officials who are expected to testify on live television across major cable news channels and broadcast networks that the President of the United States of America engaged in a systematic and sustained effort of extortion and bribery in an attempt to force a U.S. ally to manufacture false evidence against his top political opponent.

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Republicans’ betrayal of America sinks to new depths as the impeachment hearings go public

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The House is set this week to begin the first in a series of impeachment hearings. As we listen to testimony and consider the facts, we should bear in mind the big picture.

This article was originally published at The Editorial Board

So far, the focus is rightly on Donald Trump’s extortion—the correct legal term—of Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, for personal political gain. Our attention is on his warping of American foreign policy, putting the service of our national interests below his own. That alone is an abuse of power that the framers themselves thought was worthy of indictment by a majority of the the US House of Representatives.

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