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‘Thank you!’: Progressive CNN analyst awed by Jeff Flake’s moves to spurn Trump and McConnell on Senate floor

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CNN panelists reacted in real-time upon learning that outgoing Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) promised to block Donald Trump’s judicial nominees until and unless the Senate advances a vote to protect special counsel Robert Mueller.

“That’s not an idle threat,” host Jake Tapper said, noting that “if he votes against any of the 32 judges that come before the Senate floor, that makes it 50-50 and [Vice President] Mike Pence gets to be a tiebreaker.

“More importantly,” the host added, “the 21 judicial nominees who haven’t been reported out of committee — Republicans only have a one-vote advantage in that committee. If Jeff flake refuses to vote for any of them, that means they don’t get reported out of committee.”

Tapper jokingly asked progressive operative Symone Sanders if this is what she’d been “begging Jeff Flake to do,” and Sanders agreed.

“Jeff Flake, thank you!” the former Bernie Sanders press secretary said. “Why did it take so long?”

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Sanders later joked that she would “maybe” work on a potential Flake presidential campaign.

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Fox News hires former Trump spokesman as Senior Vice President: report

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The revolving door between the White House and Fox News was spinning on Friday as a former spokesman for President Donald Trump was hired by Fox News.

"A bit of news: Raj Shah, the former spokesman in the White House, is joining Fox as a senior Vice President," Washington Post White House correspondent Josh Dawsey reported on Friday.

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After Hope Hicks left her job as White House communications director, she was hired to lead corporate communications for New Fox, the parent company of Fox News.

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Here’s why President Trump’s explicit racism is an impeachable offense

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Without even waiting for former special counsel Robert Mueller to testify about President Donald Trump's obstruction of justice, Democrats are legally justified in acting now to impeach the president for his explicit racism, a civil rights activist argued on Friday.

Journalist and author Shaun King laid out his argument in a column published by The Intercept.

To make his argument, King explained the difference between implicit and explicit racism.

"Across the country, corporations and government agencies, including police departments, are offering a wave of what’s called 'implicit bias training.' The fundamental theory is that, in this country, otherwise well-meaning employees can be racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, or xenophobic in ways that they may not really even be aware of," he explained. "It’s the notion that people unknowingly or unconsciously discriminate against others."

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Former FBI Director James Comey outlines the burning questions he’d ask Robert Mueller

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Former FBI Director James Comey has written a lengthy post at the Lawfare blog outlining the most important questions that Democrats need to ask of former special counsel Robert Mueller.

Although many of the questions outlined by Comey are simply asking Mueller to rehash the findings of his final report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, he does ask some questions designed to get Mueller to offer up his own analysis of President Donald Trump's actions, such as, "Did you find substantial evidence that the president had committed obstruction of justice crimes?" and "Did you reach a judgment as to whether the president had committed obstruction of justice crimes?"

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