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Senators Chris Coons and Jeff Flake agree Brett Kavanaugh is ‘over’ if there’s proof he lied to committee

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Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) said in an interview with “60 Minutes” that if he was running for reelection he couldn’t have crossed the aisle to talk to his colleague about switching sides and stopping the Judiciary Committee vote on Brett Kavanaugh.

In an interview beside Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE), the two men also agreed that there’s no way they’ll be comfortable confirming if Kavanaugh was found to have lied.

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“Nomination’s over?” they were asked.

“I would think so,” Coons said at the close of their interview.

“Yeah,” Flake agree.

They talked about what happened in the crucial moment when Flake sat in the committee room after women approached him at the member elevator in the U.S. Capitol. Coons described his friend as looking tortured.

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Flake then stood up, crossed the Democratic side of the committee horse-shoe and tapped Coons on the shoulder and exited. Coons got up and followed behind.

Coons said that Flake was concerned the whole thing was tearing the country apart and he refused to allow it to continue. Flake confessed that there was no way he could have taken that chance and stuck his neck out if he was running for reelection in Arizona today. He explained the political climate is simply too toxic.

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China hits out at ‘bullying’ US over new tariffs

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China on Saturday angrily hit out at the latest US tariff hikes on its goods, saying a "bullying" Washington would eventually "eat its own bitter fruit".

European leaders have also warned US President Donald Trump of the dangers of trade skirmishes with China and Europe, which look set to dominate the G7 summit due to begin in France.

Trump on Friday increased existing and planned tariffs on a total of $550 billion in Chinese goods, in response to new tit-for-tat levy hikes announced earlier that day by Beijing on $75 billion of US imports.

A Chinese commerce ministry spokesman on Saturday denounced Washington's "unilateral and bullying trade protectionism".

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Mass rallies, crazy decisions, grandiose posturing: This is what living in a dictatorship feels like

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Another week of shaking our heads and wondering how much longer we can survive him. Yet again, Donald Trump overwhelmed practically everything with the force of his obscene personality, running his mouth and his thumbs even while he was failing to run the country in any sort of conventional sense. He doesn’t actually do anything, but he dominates everything. Living in America today is like being trapped in a room with him — no doors, no windows, no exits, only Trump and the sound of Trump and the hideous image of Trump, all day, every day, for day after day after day.

This article first appeared in Salon.

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Trump officials furious with NRA over ‘dick move’ leak of LaPierre phone call: report

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President Donald Trump originally appeared interested in strengthening federal background check laws in the wake of deadly mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. Then, after a phone conversation with National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre on Tuesday, Trump reportedly assured him that background checks were "off the table" and pivoted to discussing anything but guns.

It was a depressingly familiar moment for Trump, who also previously headfaked toward some minor gun control reforms after the Parkland school shooting and quickly walked them back.

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