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Trump falls flat at 9/11 memorial as he awkwardly pauses after saying ‘radical Islamic terrorism’

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President Donald Trump spoke at a memorial for September 11 victims in Shanksville, Pennsylvania on Tuesday and paused awkwardly waiting for applause that didn’t come during his apparent attempt to invoke a culture war.

Trump flew to a memorial in the field where the wreckage of Flight 93 crash landed to give a speech.

During that speech he inserted a reference to “radical Islamic terrorism,” a phrase that is offensive to billions of non-violent Muslims but which some conservatives are obsessed with.

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Trump told the story of Flight 93 and said that these heroes were symbolic of American defiance.

“This line is a message to the world that America will never, ever submit to tyranny,” Trump said to the loudest applause of the day.

A minute later, Trump pivoted back to the point and said 9/11 was the start of a battle we’re still fighting.

“Nearly 7,000 American service members have died facing down the menace of radical Islamic terrorism,” Trump said, pausing awkwardly for applause that never came.

Among the light smattering of applause was one loud clapper that appeared to have only been audible because it was captured by a microphone.

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On Twitter, Trump’s supporters delighted in his politicization of the memorial event while others denounced him.

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Watch the segment of the speech below.

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Fox News has always been bad — but this week shows it’s willing to destroy democracy for Trump

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Fox News has been detrimental to democracy all along, but one journalist and historian believes it's gone fully off the rails this year and become a threat to national security.

Talk show host Stephen Colbert has been mocking the conservative network's commitment to "truthiness" for nearly 15 years, but 2019 has seen Fox News push out Russian disinformation campaigns and attack democracy itself to defend President Donald Trump from impeachment, reported Garrett Graff for Wired.

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Donald Trump Jr. got special permission from the Mongolian government to kill endangered sheep — on your tax dollars

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The rocky highlands of Central Asia, in a remote region of Western Mongolia, are home to a plummeting population of the largest sheep in the world, the argali. The endangered species is beloved for its giant curving horns, which can run over 6 feet in length.

On a hunting trip this August, Donald Trump Jr. shot and killed one.

His adventure was supported by government resources from both the U.S. and Mongolia, which each sent security services to accompany the president’s eldest son and grandson on the multiday trip. It also thrust Trump Jr. directly into the controversial world of Mongolian trophy hunting — a polarizing practice in a country that views the big-horned rams as a national treasure. The right to kill an argali is controlled by an opaque permitting system that experts say is mostly based on money, connections and politics.

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I thought Democrats were making a giant mistake on impeachment — but these experts changed my mind

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On Tuesday, Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives announced that they would move forward with two articles of impeachment — involving abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — against President Donald Trump.

At first, I shared the frustration of many liberals and progressives that these articles are too limited in scope, and leave a great many of Trump’s apparent misdeeds unmentioned. But further reflection and exchanges with legal experts have convinced me that appearance is misleading. In fact, Democrats have performed a deft feat. In a single stroke — OK, two strokes — they have elevated the process of holding Trump accountable above the realm of partisan politics, and have also given the Democratic nominee (whoever that is) an excellent case to use against Trump in next year’s presidential election. The challenge for Democrats going forward will be to keep that nonpartisan outlook in mind — while understanding that, ultimately and unfortunately, the only possible way to hold Trump accountable will be through partisan politics.

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