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‘I will speak out’: Mitt Romney unloads on Trump in Washington Post op-ed days before entering Senate

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Mitt Romney won’t become a U.S. senator until Thursday, but he’s already showing his willingness to stand up to President Donald Trump.

In a new Washington Post editorial, Romney, who won a Senate seat in Utah, discusses the “deep descent” the Trump presidency made in the month of December.

Romney lays out the on-again, off-again nature of his support of fellow Republican Trump, before making the case that “a presidency shapes the public character of the nation,” and that Trump is making America a worse place.

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“His conduct over the past two years, particularly his actions this month, is evidence that the president has not risen to the mantle of the office,” Romney writes. “It is not that all of the president’s policies have been misguided… But policies and appointments are only a part of a presidency.”

“The world is also watching” Trump and America’s image abroad has been tarnished by Trump, Romney writes.

“To reassume our leadership in world politics, we must repair failings in our politics at home,” he writes. “That project begins, of course, with the highest office once again acting to inspire and unite us. It includes political parties promoting policies that strengthen us rather than promote tribalism by exploiting fear and resentment.”

Read the full op-ed here.

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Republicans love the Constitution — until it applies to them: Conservative columnist

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Conservative Washington Post columnist Max Boot unleashed on President Donald Trump's latest scandal he's calling Ukraine-gate. But when it comes to Republicans, he called them outright complicit.

In his Sunday column, Boot noted that a mob boss doesn't have to overtly say “pay up, or we will destroy your store” to be guilty of extortion. In Trump's case, he tends to say things in a way that it is understood what he wants people to do, according to former "fixer" Michael Cohen.

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Hate for Trump sets new record of Americans who can’t stand a president

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A new poll shows a record number of Americans can't stand the president of the United States.

According to the most recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal public opinion poll, an astounding 69 percent of Americans don't like Trump personally.

During the early 2000s, President George W. Bush enjoyed the benefit of Americans finding him likable and wanting to "have a beer" with the sober leader. That measure of "likability" has been a kind of inspiration for political leaders searching for voters based not on issues but on personality.

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Here’s how the law governing whistleblowers applies to the Trump Ukraine complaint

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This week it was revealed that President Donald Trump did something so concerning that an intelligence staffer felt the need to report the incident and file for whistleblower protections.

Trump asked Ukraine to look into scandals about former Vice President Joe Biden's son Hunter. For nearly a year, Trump's former attorney Rudy Giuliani was admittedly working to persuade officials in Ukraine to find "dirt" on the Bidens that they could use in the election. While the accusations against the younger Biden have been disproven, it's suspected, but not confirmed, that this was the incident detailed in the complaint.

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