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CNN commentator blasts insecure Trump for ‘weakening’ the American presidency

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On Wednesday, CNN commentator Carrie Cordero said that President Donald Trump will weaken the office of the presidency.

Trump attacked Chief Justice John Roberts on Twitter after Roberts rebuked Trump’s claim that there are “Obama judges.”

Cordero said that Trump’s display of ignorance and lack of knowledge on the judicial branch will weaken his presidency.

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During an interview with CNN’s John Berman, she said “The chief justice doesn’t need a lesson on the judiciary. The president has a fundamental — I won’t call it a misunderstanding, he has a non-understanding on the way the system is set up, on the checks and balances and on the independence of the judicial system.’

Cordero added, “This is one moment in time. This is just today where it happened to be the chief justice. This is part of the broader understanding of government and the president doesn’t seem to have that understanding. What he consistently is doing is trying to push down the other branches of government.”

“I think it’s going to backfire. I think eventually the institutions are going to prevail and he will end up leaving the presidency weaker,” she said.

Watch the interview below via CNN.


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In a secluded region in Russia’s Arctic they are rejecting Putin in rare protest

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Lyudmila Laptander, an activist advocating autonomy for her mineral-rich Nenets region in the Russian Arctic, worries authorities are planning to sacrifice its traditions for the promise of economic enrichment.

"If Nenets is merged with another region, I worry that no one will look after our language or our traditions, and that our small villages in the tundra will be forgotten," said Laptander, 61, a member of the Yasavey cultural group.

The autonomous region on the edge of the Arctic Ocean was gripped by protests in May against the government's plans to integrate it with neighbouring Arkhangelsk.

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People are paying to hire this donkey to crash their Zoom meetings

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The coronavirus pandemic has led millions of people to embrace meetings via Zoom, but admittedly, those can be as tedious as in-person conferences.

So one animal sanctuary in Canada, in dire need of cash after being forced to close to visitors, found a way to solve both problems.

Meet Buckwheat, a donkey at the Farmhouse Garden Animal Home, who is ready to inject some fun into your humdrum work-from-home office day -- for a price.

"Hello. We are crashing your meeting, we are crashing your meeting -- this is Buckwheat," says sanctuary volunteer Tim Fors, introducing the gray and white animal on a Zoom call.

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Republican senators are suddenly trying to social distance — from Trump

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There’s something interesting in today’s news:

A number of Republican Senators have said they are skipping the Republican National Convention this year. The convention was originally scheduled in Charlotte, North Carolina, but at Trump’s insistence was relocated to Jacksonville, Florida, last month. The stated reason was that Democratic North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper would not commit to permitting a full convention out of concerns about the spread of coronavirus, but the abrupt switch to Florida, less than 80 days before the convention, still seems odd to me. Regardless, the switch has created a new problem: Florida is in the midst of a dramatic spike in coronavirus cases, setting a record for new cases in a single day during the weekend —11,458—and running low of ICU beds.

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