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Who was behind the plan to give Saudi Arabia nuclear power — and what was their agenda?

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For a year, “Trump, Inc.” has been digging into the 2017 inauguration. That reporting led us to look closely at the man Donald Trump picked to run the event, Tom Barrack, a wealthy businessman who’s been friends with Trump for decades.

As we were finishing our Barrack episode — just out this week — the House Oversight Committee released a report detailing how the Trump administration pursued a plan to export nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia.

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The plan had been championed by then-national security adviser Michael Flynn, who could have profited from it. The efforts continued despite warnings from ethics officials and staff at the National Security Council.

And who was in talks to lead the initiative? Tom Barrack.

The House investigation confirmed some reporting by ProPublica reporter Isaac Arnsdorf that goes back to late 2017. So we decided to bring Isaac in for this podcast extra to help us understand who was behind the plan and what they wanted.

Barrack has declined our requests for an interview, and Flynn’s lawyer and the White House have not responded.

Listen the episode here.

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Michigan restaurant owner faces furious backlash for ‘disgusting, racist’ rant about face masks and Black Lives Matter

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The owner of a well known Michigan restaurant railed against Black Lives Matter and face masks in a Facebook post this Monday, Michigan Live reports.

The owner, Carl Nelson, later tried to claim that the post was meant for his personal page and was mistakenly posted to the business page for his restaurant, Pronto Pups. The post denounced the BLM movement, praised the Michigan Militia, compared the media to Adolf Hitler, along with other bizarre proclamations.

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The View ends in shouting match after Meghan McCain comes out in support of Fox News’ Tucker Carlson

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The women of "The View" broke out into an intense debate as they discussed Fox News' Tucker Carlson and his aide that was recently outed for a series of racist online stories.

Conservative co-host Meghan McCain said that she abhors "cancel culture" and argued that at one time or another everyone on "The View" has been the victim of a "cancel culture" attack.

"When we're thinking about cancel culture it makes me sad there seems to be -- we're in a moment in time where there's not a place for people to come together and have civil debates," said McCain. "I worry about that time when we're all going to be siloed in our corners. I like debating with you guys."

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‘Grotesque’ GOP willing to put RNC delegate’s lives at risk to prop up Trump’s fading re-election chances: conservative

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Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin called out Republicans who are forging ahead with a convention in COVID-19-ravaged Florida in August, saying more than a few GOP lawmakers are taking a pass on attending due to personal health concerns, -- but are staying silent about canceling it.

According to the conservative Never-Trumper, the decision to put delegates and other attendees' lives at risk is both "selfish" and grotesque."

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