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Columnist explains how the Republican party switched to the Pro-Russia party

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Washington Post columnist Catherine Rampell explained how the GOP is starting to function more like a pro-Russia party with every passing day. President Donald Trump is known to have a cozy relationship with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, but that may now extend to the Republican Party, according to one columnist.

“The Grand Old Party has quietly become the pro-Russia party — and not only because the party’s standard-bearer seems peculiarly enamored of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Under Republican leadership, the United States is starting to look an awful lot like the failed Soviet system the party once stood unified against,”  Rampell wrote.

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She goes on to describe Trump as acting like an autocrat. She explained that Trump cares more about a wall than the livelihood of other people. The government shutdown has extended into its 31st day and millions of Americans are on the verge of missing a second paycheck.

“Why? Because of the whims of a would-be autocrat who cares more about erecting an expensive monument to his own campaign rhetoric than about the pain and suffering of the little people he claims to champion,” she said.

Trump has also acted as an “autocrat” with his attack on the free press. He has numerously called the media or anybody who oppose him in the public eye the “enemy of the people.”

“State-run media, or something closely approximating it, feeds the public a steady diet of pro-leader propaganda and shields viewers the from news that might embarrass the head of state. Independent sources of information or accountability, or those who deviate from the party line, are branded ‘enemies of the people,’” she wrote.

During the shutdown, Trump also picked which sectors of government would be open. He ordered IRS workers to go back to work without pay for tax season.

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“President Trump decided to do an end-run around the constitutionally mandated, democratic appropriations process. He is picking and choosing which government functions are allowed to function: yes to his offshore drilling plan and tax refunds; no to the Smithsonian museums,” she said.

“All branches of government may be equal — but some, it seems, are more equal than others,” she wrote.

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Trump declares impeachment ‘dead’ — and demands apology — in late night Twitter outburst

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President Donald Trump lashed out on his favorite social media platform late Thursday evening.

Eight minutes before midnight eastern time, Trump unloaded.

Trump wrote, "Democrats must apologize to USA: Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko said that 'United States Ambassador Gordon Sondland did NOT link financial military assistance to a request for Ukraine to open up an investigation into former V.P. Joe Biden & his son, Hunter Biden. Ambassador Sondland did not tell us, and certainly did not tell me, about a connection between the assistance and the investigation.'”

Trump did not say why he was taking the word of a foreign official over multiple sworn testimonies from members of his own administration.

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Pelosi is ‘marrying up the facts and the law’: Ex-prosecutor says ‘bribery’ is a critical indictment of Trump

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi was masterful in using the word "bribery" to describe President Donald Trump's actions with Ukraine that are at the heart of the impeachment inquiry, according to a former federal prosecutor.

MSNBC anchor Brian Williams interviewed former Assistant U.S. Attorney Berit Berger on Thursday evening's "The Last Word."

Please expand for us on why it is significant and why is it important to label this bribery," Williams said.

"So I think Nancy Pelosi was very specific in calling this bribery for two reasons," Berger replied.

"The first is that -- unlike quid pro quo -- ribery is something that most people understand, especially people who have children," she said, with a chuckle. "We all sort of have a general understanding of that."

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Giuliani henchmen showered Republican with cash — and Trump almost made him ambassador to Ukraine: report

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Yet another bombshell report has shed new light on President Donald Trump's suspicious Ukraine policies.

"At the same time that Rudy Giuliani and his now-indicted pals were pushing for President Donald Trump to remove Amb. Marie Yovanovitch from her post in Ukraine, Trump administration officials were eyeing potential contenders to take over her job. One of the people in the mix, according to three sources familiar with the discussions, was Rep. Pete Sessions, a former Congressman who called for Yovanovitch’s firing," The Daily Beast reported Thursday night. "He is also a longtime ally of the former New York Mayor, and is believed to have taken millions of dollars from Giuliani’s indicted cronies."

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