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The View’s Meghan McCain sickened by Trump covering for Saudi killers: ‘It’s very depressing’

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“The View” co-host Meghan McCain was visibly disgusted by President Donald Trump’s statement of support for Saudi Arabia’s crown prince — who evidently ordered the murder of a U.S.-based journalist.

Trump cast doubt Monday on CIA assessments blaming the brutal assassination of Jamal Khashoggi on Mohammed bin Salman, and thanked Saudi Arabia the day after for lower oil prices — and McCain said the president’s actions were sickening.

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“Jamal Khashoggi was cut up into little pieces and brutally murdered for being a dissident in his country,” she said. “His family are Americans here in this country. There’s a tectonic shift in our country where human rights violations, we’re okaying them, we don’t have the same response we once did.”

“I just don’t know where we are as a country where you can slaughter a journalist and we’re not going to bat an eye, we’re going to say there will be no ramifications for this,” she continued. “It sends a message globally that you can brutally murder journalists, and it’s okay, and our president won’t listen to the audio because it’s too intense to hear.”

“I just don’t know what’s happening,” McCain added. “I don’t mean to make this about my father, but things were very different when he was around, and I feel very unsafe and that we’re shifting in a way that’s very dangerous and it’s not the America I grew up with.”

She said the president cozying up to autocratic rulers made Americans less safe.

“When we support oppression, murderous dictatorships, again, it’s a tectonic shift of what it means to be Americans and it’s very depressing to tell you all this the day before Thanksgiving,” McCain said.

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William Barr made it clear this week that he’d sign off on a sham investigation into the Dems’ 2020 nominee

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Welcome to another edition of What Fresh Hell?, Raw Story’s roundup of news items that might have become controversies under another regime, but got buried – or were at least under-appreciated – due to the daily firehose of political pratfalls, unhinged tweet storms and other sundry embarrassments coming out of the current White House.

A perfect storm propelled New York's sleaziest real estate developer to an Electoral College victory in 2016 despite winning three million fewer votes than his opponent, but Nate Silver made a compelling argument that the letter James Comey sent to Congress just 11 days before Election Day announcing that the FBI was re-opening its probe into Hillary Clinton's emails was decisive.

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Bill Barr is serving notice to DOJ officials that he’ll ruin them if they investigate Trump: MSNBC host

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An MSNBC discussion about Bill Barr running interference within the Justice Department for Donald Trump ended with "AM Joy" host Joy Reid suggesting that the attorney general's very public "media blitz" over the so-called "Horowitz Report" is a warning shot to anyone in the DOJ who thinks about investigating the president.

As Reid explained it, "He did a whole TV blitz to basically say that his own agency, the FBI, was spying on the Trump campaign, something that the inspector general said did not happen."

Reid took that to its logical conclusion.

"Now he’s saying, ‘Well, I’ve got a different report that’s going to find the motivations’ that he’s basically saying are bad motivations by people in the FBI.  And if you’re that FBI agent and then you hear that Donald Trump may be again looking for foreign help and maybe again getting help from Russia or forcing help from Ukraine, what do you do?" she asked. "Would you then not be concerned that, should you go ahead and investigate foreign interference in our election, that William Barr may come after you?"

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Stefanik voters turning on GOP lawmaker after she threw away her credibility to defend Trump

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Over the course of the impeachment hearings, Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) has gone from a relative backbencher who sells herself as a moderate to voters in Upstate New York, to a theatrical partisan grandstanding for President Donald Trump and a top target of ire from Democrats.

But according to Politico, at least some of her voters appear turned off by her new stance.

"While Stefanik once able to strike a delicate balance between her Republican identity and her positions on issues like climate change, some think those earlier convictions are gone, like Phillip Paige, a former Stefanik backer and a member of SUNY Potsdam’s College Republicans," wrote Politico's Anna Gronewald. "A native of the 21st district’s Madrid, New York, Paige said he started to lose faith in Stefanik when she began supporting Trump as the party’s nominee in 2016. Paige supported John Kasich’s candidacy in that election. 'A lot of her boots-on-the-ground young Republican crowd has really become quite disillusioned,' he said. 'We saw her as what we thought the future of the Republican Party was and that really has been disproven. Unless, maybe the future of the Republican party is Donald Trump.'"

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