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‘He’s unbriefable’: Naval War College professor warns Trump is incapable of learning anything

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Tom Nichols, a conservative professor at the Naval War College in Rhode Island, said President Donald Trump is incapable of understanding the information presented to him about national security or any other topic.

Senior intelligence briefers warned that Trump stubbornly disregards their analyses, despite their efforts to keep his attention with visual aids and by repeating his name, and Nichols told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that the president lacked the ability to learn.

“He’s unbriefable — you can’t explain things to him,” Nichols said. “He doesn’t take in information, so he tends to just wing it and to say things that are convenient to the way he wants to see the world.”

Nichols said the president revealed his limitations every time he speaks, and he said the problem puts the U.S. at great risk.

“None of this makes any sense,” he said, “and I think it indicates the degree to which you can see that frustration coming out of the people in the national security environment who have to talk to him and try to kind of break through that shell of things he already believes, and (they) probably don’t succeed very often.”

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South Korean fighter jets fire 400 warning shots at Russian military plane

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South Korean fighter jets fired nearly 400 warning shots at a Russian military aircraft on Tuesday after it violated the country's airspace, with Seoul warning of a far stronger reaction if a breach reoccurs.

The Russian A-50 early warning and control aircraft breached South Korean airspace twice off its east coast, the defence ministry official said, forcing the air force to scramble fighters.

Moscow denied any of its military aircraft had violated South Korean airspace, saying its planes had carried out planned drills over international waters.

But Seoul said a warplane entered South Korean airspace near the disputed Dokdo islets -- which are also claimed by Japan -- the first such violation since Korean War hostilities ended in 1953.

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Democrats are on the verge of setting a ‘time bomb’ for any candidate who can defeat Trump

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If a new president takes over the White House in January 2021, he or she may quickly find that the Democratic Party that just won control of the executive branch left a loaded gun in the hands of the Republicans, who are all too eager to use it.

That should be the takeaway from reports about the budget negotiations between the House Democrats and the Trump administration. According to Bloomberg reporter Sahil Kapur, the parties are coalescing around an agreement to raise spending by $350 billion, offset that increase somewhat with about $75 billion, and extend the debt ceiling — now set to expire in the fall — to July 31, 2021.

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State Sen. Royce West enters Democratic primary to challenge John Cornyn

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State Sen. Royce West made it official Monday: He’s running for U.S. Senate, joining a crowded and unsettled Democratic primary in the race to unseat Republican John Cornyn.

“I’m battle tested,” West told supporters at a campaign launch event. “You’ve seen me in battle, and I’m ready today to announce my candidacy for the United States Senate.”

The Dallas attorney has been viewed as a potential primary contender for some time now, but he remained mum publicly on his plans. In June, West met with U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., where he reportedly had a “positive meeting” and signaled that he was likely to throw his hat in the ring. He filed the Federal Election Commission paperwork to formally launch his bid Friday.

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