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Trump’s impeachment needs to start immediately — even if Senate GOP won’t remove him: Atlantic editor

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Senior editor of The Atlantic Yoni Appelbaum on Thursday defended his public call to impeach President Donald Trump, telling MSNBC leaving him in office was more dangerous than trying to remove him.

“Is your argument that Donald Trump should be impeached, convicted and removed from office,” asked host Joe Scarborough. “Or is your argument mainly that just the process of beginning impeachment proceedings would act as a check on his worst instincts and force this debate to be front and center in Congress and all across America?

“I think there’s no question that if you simply start the process of impeachment it yields a variety of benefits, whether or not it goes through to removal,” Appelbaum said, acknowledging that although there was no appetite among Senate Republicans to convict the president, impeachment proceedings would deliver “real concrete benefits for the system as a whole that stand whatever the outcome.”

“Not to bring this debate into Congress is what’s dangerous,” Appelbaum added, listing the many ways Trump’s presidency is harming the United States.

“We see unelected bureaucrats disregarding the president’s orders. His senior aides leave and tell us to judge them not by what they’ve done during their time in office, but by what they stopped the president from doing,” he said. “That’s really dangerous because we’re not having the debate where the Constitution told us to have it.”

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Black Georgia lawmaker accuses white man of demanding she ‘go back where she came from’ in supermarket diatribe

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On Friday evening, Erica Thomas, and African-American Democratic lawmaker in the Georgia House of Representatives, was shopping at a Publix supermarket in Mableton when a white customer came up to her and shouted at her, telling her to "go back where you came from" — words echoing President Donald Trump's recent racist attacks on four Democratic congresswomen of color.

Thomas' crime? She had too many items for the express checkout line.

Today I was verbally assaulted in the grocery store by a white man who told me I was a lazy SOB and to go back to where I came from bc I had to many items in the express lane. My husband wasn’t there to defend me because he is on Active Duty serving the country I came from USA!

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Trump offers to guarantee bail for rapper A$AP Rocky

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US President Donald Trump offered Saturday to guarantee the bail of rapper ASAP Rocky, detained in Sweden on suspicion of assault following a street brawl.

Trump tweeted that he had spoken with Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, who he said gave assurances that the singer would be treated fairly.

"Likewise, I assured him that A$AP was not a flight risk and offered to personally vouch for his bail, or an alternative," Trump wrote.

There is no system of bail in Sweden.

Trump said he and Lofven had agreed to speak again over the next 48 hours.

Fans, fellow artists and US Congress members have campaigned for the 30-year-old artist, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, to be freed since his arrest on July 3 following the fight on June 30.

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The best Civil War movie ever made finally gets its due

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On Sunday and on July 24, Turner Classic Movies and Fathom Events are presenting big-screen showings in theaters nationwide of “Glory,” in honor of the 30-year anniversary of its release. The greatest movie ever made about the American Civil War, “Glory” was the first and, with the exception of Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” the only film that eschewed romanticism to reveal what the war was really about.

The story is told through the eyes of one of the first regiments of African American soldiers. Almost from the time the first shots were fired at Fort Sumter, S.C., the issue of black soldiers in the Union army was hotly debated. On Jan. 1, 1863, as the country faced the third year of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, rapidly accelerating the process of putting black men into federal blue.

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