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Trump’s cabinet is full of backstabbers — and he has no one to blame but himself: MSNBC

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MNBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin said on Thursday the big takeaway from former Trump transition team leader Chris Christie seemed to be that the president was running out of friends in a cabinet filled with backstabbers.

“It does look like the president might not have any friends left when you read this book and see some of his inner circle,” Mohyeldin said, reading an excerpt from Christie’s book. “It’s really just down to his family that are loyal to him in a very strong way.’

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“Everyone seems to have a target on their back when it comes to Chris Christie, except for Donald Trump himself,” agreed MSNBC analyst and former CIA agent Ned Price, who went on to say the president has no one to blame but himself for his legal problems.

“We’ve heard Donald Trump in recent days say the buck doesn’t stop with him, it stops with everybody, in his own words, but of course we know that not to be the case,” Price said. “It wasn’t Jared Kushner or anyone else, for example, who made the final decision to hire Michael Flynn as his national security adviser even after President Obama warned him against it.” He added that Trump had also signed off on Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, and George Papadopoulos, all of who pled guilty to charges brought by special counsel Robert Mueller.

“Chris Christie says something interesting, that the president’s team is comprised in part of convicted and unconvicted felons,” Price went on. “I think the big question [is] those who have committed crimes who have yet to face justice.”

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Betsy DeVos, Ben Carson send anti-trans signals to Trump’s evangelical base

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While Trump grabs headlines, his Cabinet members quietly use transphobia to shore up white evangelical support

The white evangelical vote is almost certainly a lock for Donald Trump in 2020, but it appears the president is taking no chances of losing this critical voting block. One major part of that strategy appears to be quietly deploying his Cabinet members, especially those associated with the Christian right, to generate stories highlighting the Trump administration's overt bigotry toward trans people, and its eagerness to deprive trans Americans of basic rights.

Just this week, both Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson snagged coverage by making community visits that were ostensibly for noble purposes, but were clearly meant to signal to Christian right voters their hostility to trans rights.

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Intelligence official directly contradicts Trump administration’s excuses for suppressing whistleblower

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A top official in the intelligence community has disputed the factual basis for the Trump administration’s suppression of a whistleblower complaint believed to regard the potential misconduct of the president himself, a new letter released Thursday revealed.

The letter was made public by House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA). He is locked into a fierce and potentially explosive dispute with an array of forces within the administration to obtain the complaint, which was made through proper channels by an intelligence official last month to the community’s inspector general. Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson determined that the complaint was “credible” and “urgent,” and subsequent reporting from the Washington Post found that it concerns a “promise” made by Trump in communication with a foreign leader.

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Longtime GOP strategist explains why his party is getting crushed in the war of ideas

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Republican strategist Stuart Stevens on Wednesday warned the GOP that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) might not be a pushover candidate against President Donald Trump in 2020.

Writing on Twitter, Stevens admitted that he had "no idea" if Warren would beat Trump next year, but he did say that "Trump and supporters are destroying [the] credibility of any center-right argument" thanks to Trump's "corrupt and unstable" governance.

When one of Stevens' followers said that Warren would not be able to fulfill her promises just by taxing the wealthy, he countered that this idea is still more popular than anything Republicans are championing.

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