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‘Bye the way’: Trump starts the day with a garbled attack on Robert Mueller and ‘Leakin Lyin James Comey’

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President Donald Trump started his Friday morning by once again attacking special counsel Robert Mueller in a garbled tweet filled with inaccuracies and lies.

“Robert Mueller and Leakin’ Lyin’ James Comey are Best Friends, just one of many Mueller Conflicts of Interest,” the president wrote. “And bye (sic) the way, wasn’t the woman in charge of prosecuting Jerome Corsi (who I do not know) in charge of ‘legal’ at the corrupt Clinton Foundation? A total Witch Hunt…”

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In fact, Mueller and Comey are not “best friends” and Trump actively promoted Corsi’s conspiratorial writings about former President Barack Obama for years back when he was obsessed with finding the former president’s birth certificate.

The president then followed this up with a tweet accusing Mueller and prosecutor Andrew Weissmann, one of the top attorneys at the special counsel’s office, of being “horrible and vicious.”

“Will Robert Mueller’s big time conflicts of interest be listed at the top of his Republicans only Report,” Trump asked rhetorically. “Will Andrew Weissman’s (sic) horrible and vicious prosecutorial past be listed in the Report. He wrongly destroyed people’s lives, took down great companies.”

Among the “great companies” that Weissmann has taken down in his career include Arthur Andersen, the accounting firm that oversaw the finances of infamously crooked energy trading company Enron.

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Trump’s latest attacks on the special counsel come on the day when Mueller is expected to release a memo outlining the ways that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort lied to prosecutors even after he pledged to cooperate with the investigation.


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The new Rambo movie is essentially a MAGA fever dream of bigotry

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"Rambo: Last Blood," the latest in the long-running franchise about a traumatized war veteran (Sylvester Stallone) turned on-demand badass, is less an escapist action movie and more a dramatized manifestation of the most notorious sentences from Donald Trump's presidential campaign announcement speech: "They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people." Even for a series that has always been shaped by a right wing worldview, the only reason for this latest sequel to exist — besides generating profits from die-hard Stallone fans — is to validate MAGA-world bigotries about Mexicans.This article first appeared in Salon.

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Corey Lewandowski, Stephen Miller and the wages of contempt in TrumpWorld

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Ex-DHS head Kirstjen Nielsen leaves Atlantic Ideas Festival stage after outrage from grassroots movement

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Grassroots outrage apparently led Kirstjen Nielson, the former head of the Department of Homeland Security, to bow out of the Atlantic Ideas Festival Friday—but it's unlikely to represent more than a Phyrric victory over the mainstreaming of the President Donald Trump administration.

Critics pointed to Nielsen's oversight of the department's acceleration of Trump's war on immigrants, including the administration's family separation policy.

"No one from Trump's administration should get a soft landing to sanitize their actions while supporting and pushing forward a white nationalist, fascist agenda," advocacy group CREDO Action said in a statement.

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