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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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Julian Assange lawyer tells court: After pardon fell through, Trump administration resorted to ‘extortion’

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An attorney for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange accused the Trump administration of extortion in a London court on Monday.

The WikiLeaks attorney appeared at Woolwich Crown Court along with U.S. prosecutors, who argued that Assange should be extradited the United States, where he faces 18 charges and up to 175 years in jail.

Attorneys for Assange previously told the court that former Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) tried to broker a pardon deal between the White House and Assange if he would agree to say that Russia was not the source of hacked Democratic Party emails.

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Black teens shocked after basketball announcer calls their names ‘disgusting’

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A longtime announcer at high-school basketball games in Oklahoma sparked outrage last week when he said that black players on the Crooked Oak High School lady's basketball team had "disgusting" names.

Local news station KFOR reports that the announcer made the remarks during a game between Crooked Oak and rival Newkirk High School on Friday.

In a video taken at the game, the announcer can be heard saying, "The Crooked Oak Lady Ruff Necks, now their names are pretty disgusting."

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‘Money hungry mannequin’ Ivanka Trump buried for her taxpayer-funded ‘field trip’ to India with her dad

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Ivanka Trump was hammered on Twitter for posting pictures of her trip to India where she praised the "grandeur" of the Taj Mahal -- with herself featured front and center before it.

Donald Trump's daughter, a senior White House adviser, has taken to using her Twitter feed to promote herself (usually via photos or video clips) as she travels the world, presumably representing the United States. Monday morning's tweet was no exception, with the two pictures accompanied by, "The grandeur and beauty of the Taj Mahal is awe inspiring!" followed by emojis of the American flag and India's flag.

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