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Here’s why Trump’s government shutdown is actually about ‘power and money’: Authoritarianism experts

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President Donald Trump’s government shutdown is an excuse to “strip the US and sell it for parts” two authoritarianism experts explained on Twitter on Tuesday — the 25th day of the shutdown.

Authoritarianism expert Sarah Kendzior noted news from Bloomberg Energy reporter Jennifer Dlouhy that Trump’s Interior Department is “bringing furloughed employees back on the job to prepare sales of offshore oil drilling rights.”

“When I said Trump would strip the US and sell it for parts — and that this would get worse during the shutdown — this is part of what I envisioned,” Kendzior warned. “Keep an eye on federal lands too.”

Garry Kasparov, the Russian political activist and former world chess champion, agreed with Kendzior’s warning.

“Yes, the shutdown can have the effect of spray-painting the security cameras before robbing the bank,” Kasparov cautioned. “Or does anyone still think this is about an actual wall? It’s always power & money.”

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“It is heartbreaking to watch a predictable, planned destruction,” Kendzior explained. “People who call this ‘unimaginable’ ignore that the dangers were all spelled out.”

“We will not get this land back, this time back, and the lives of those lost back. People with power waited, and it was a fatal move,” she concluded.

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Former Trump communications aide admits to hiring prostitutes

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President Donald Trump's former communications aide Jason Miller admitted to hiring prostitutes in 2015 and 2017, an exclusive report revealed Tuesday.

Mediaite broke the news that Miller had hired "multiple" prostitutes for sexual acts at massage parlors. The comments were part of a videotaped deposition, and Miller confessed that he was using the sexual services as recently as "a few months ago" from the deposition he gave on May 30.

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Trump believes white nationalism is a winning strategy — because Fox News tells him so

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Donald Trump thinks white nationalism is going to win him the 2020 election. This much is clear. Trump's racist Twitter rant on Sunday — in which he suggested that four nonwhite congresswomen, three of whom were born in the United States, are "originally" from somewhere else and should therefore "go back" — might have seemed at first like a spontaneous eruption of racist rage from the simmering bigot in the White House.

Soon, however, it became clear that this was strategic. Trump thinks it's a winning move to echo the claims of David Duke and other white nationalists who believe the United States is for white people. He justified his racism by saying that "many people agree with me," and by continuing to rave on Twitter about how the real purveyors of "racist hatred" are those who look askance at his embracing the rhetoric of Stormfront and the KKK.

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Judge boots Roger Stone off all major social media platforms in expansion of gag order

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Trump ally Roger Stone, who is due to be tried on multiple charges ranging from obstruction of justice to witness tampering later this year, got slapped this week with an expanded gag order that barred him from using all major social media platforms.

The Washington Post reports that Judge Amy Berman Jackson increased the scope of Stone's gag order and ordered him to stop communicating publicly through Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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