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Top Senate Democrat says Trump’s attorney general pick should not be nominated

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The top Democrat in the U.S. Senate, Chuck Schumer, on Thursday called on President Donald Trump to find a new nominee for attorney general, saying Trump’s current pick cannot be put in charge of the special investigation into alleged election meddling by Russia.

“Since Mr. Barr hasn’t been formally nominated yet, the president must immediately reconsider and find another nominee who is free of conflicts and will carry out the duties of the office impartially,” Schumer said of William Barr.

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Trump said earlier this month he would nominate Barr, a former U.S. attorney general, to return to the position. Since Jeff Sessions left the post last month, Matthew Whitaker has acted as attorney general and also attracted Democrats’ criticism.

Schumer said Barr was disqualified by a memo he wrote criticizing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible Russian interference in U.S. elections, which he would oversee as attorney general. The memo reveals that Barr is “fatally conflicted,” Schumer said in a statement.

Earlier on Thursday, CNN reported that Barr wrote in a June 2018 memo to senior Justice Department officials that Mueller “should not be able to demand that the President submit to an interrogation about alleged obstruction.”

In the memo Barr said that Trump’s interactions with former FBI Director James Comey, who Trump later fired, would not constitute obstruction of justice, according to CNN, which said the memo was provided to lawmakers late Wednesday.

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Russia has denied meddling in the election. Trump has denied there was any collusion between Moscow and his campaign, and has repeatedly criticized the Mueller investigation.

Reporting by Lisa Lambert; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Jonathan Oatis

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‘They love the meanest parts of him’: Conservative writer explains why evangelical Christians stick with Trump

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Ben Howe, a conservative writer and evangelical Christian who refuses to support Donald Trump, explained why fellow evangelicals continue to back the president despite his decidedly ungodly behavior.

Speaking with the Atlantic’s Emma Green about his new book The Immoral Majority, Howe — whose evangelical bona fides include attending pastor Jerry Falwell’s church as a kid — described evangelicals’ support for Trump, insisting “they love the meanest parts of him.”

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‘Mental midget’ Stephen Miller absolutely demolished in MSNBC blast at Trump’s ‘misfit’ advisers

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Given the opportunity to discuss two profiles on White House adviser Stephen Miller -- published by the Washington Post and the New York Times late Saturday -- Democratic consultant Don Calloway jumped in with both feet to trash the man he called a "mental midget"."

Asked p on MSNBC about the controversial Miller's outsized influence on Donald Trump, Calloway didn't hold back.

"What goes through your head when you hear how much influence Stephen Miller has on immigration policy?" host Alex Witt asked.

"Stephen Miller is a mental midget, that's the best thing I can say," Calloway began to the sounds of laughter offscreen.

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Black woman reveals how Trump is ruining her marriage: ‘My white Republican husband is starting to hate me’

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A black woman revealed over the weekend how President Donald Trump and right-wing media are straining her marriage.

In a Twitter rant on Saturday, a woman going by the name Glass Butterfly hit a nerve by starting a discussion about the challenges of interracial marriage in the age of Trump.

"My white Republican husband is starting to hate me because the longer we live through this administration the 'BLACKER' I become," she revealed. "Any interracially and opposing politically affiliated couples going through this? Like...I have NO idea how to balance who we are..or are becoming."

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