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Putin is happy that Trump is weakening the United States — and it was all part of his ‘strategic’ plan: ex-ambassador

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A former U.S. ambassador to Russia explained how the Russian government has reacted to its “operation” to get Donald Trump elected to the American presidency — and what he’s delivered for the country in the two years of his term.

“When Trump won, that was a giant party in Moscow,” former ambassador Michael McFaul told political scientist Ian Bremmer in an interview for Gzero Media. “Everybody’s very happy about that and they’re proud of their operation.”

Russians may publicly “deny it,” but they privately are happy with the outcome of the 2016 election that McFaul suggested was orchestrated by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“Why shouldn’t they be proud of their operation?” he mused. “With low levels of investment, they got a big return and the punishment for it has been pretty marginal. In the wake of that, that seemed like a great victory.”

McFaul went on to note that the notion of a “deep state” — an alleged cabal of intelligence officials who secretly control American power — was pushed onto Trump by Putin himself.

The ambassador recalled the Russian president promoting the “deep state” idea even when Barack Obama was president.

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“That’s the way that his country runs,” McFaul mused, “so that’s what he thinks it is here, right?”

Though the Russian government is “frustrated” on some fronts with Trump, its officials are glad he’s delivered on polarizing and eroding American politics, the ambassador noted.

“We’re arguing over shutdowns and we look like fools and we don’t look like a great power right now,” McFaul said. “Add to that the withdrawal doctrine that Trump has done where he withdraws from everything, international agreements, that is a good thing in terms of Putin’s strategic thinking, without question.”

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Fox News writer: Harvard reject was just ‘espousing conservatism’ when he used the N-word 11 times

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Michael Knowles argued for Fox News this week that Kyle Kashuv was only "espousing conservatism" when he was rejected by Harvard for using the N-word at least 11 times and calling to "kill all the f*cking Jews."

In an op-ed on the Foxnews.com website, Knowles asserted that Kashuv is being singled out by Harvard because he has conservative views.

"The cruel irony is that, while there is no evidence that Kyle Kashuv harbors any actual racial bigotry, there is plenty of evidence that Harvard does," Knowles wrote. "Plaintiffs in a major racial discrimination lawsuit against the university introduced evidence last year demonstrating that Harvard systematically disadvantages Asian-American applicants."

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Trump’s acting Pentagon chief abruptly resigns after FBI investigation delays his Senate confirmation hearing

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President Donald Trump's acting defense secretary abruptly resigned after an FBI investigation further delayed his confirmation hearings.

Patrick Shanahan has headed the Department of Defense since January, after James Mattis resigned, but the Pentagon has been fielding questions from the media about his personal life -- including accusations of abuse from his ex-wife, who was also arrested as part of a domestic dispute.

"Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, who has done a wonderful job, has decided not to go forward with his confirmation process so that he can devote more time to his family," Trump tweeted.

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Fox host: ‘Ecstatic’ Pompeo and Bolton having ‘tickle parties’ as they push Trump into conflict with Iran

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Fox News host Lisa Kennedy Montgomery on Tuesday worried that President Donald Trump's top advisors were pushing him towards a war with Iran.

"I think Mike Pompeo and John Bolton are jumping around like a couple of 11-year-olds at a sleepover," she remarked during a panel discussion on "Outnumbered."

"They're having pillow fights and tickle parties because they are ecstatic at the thought of an increased military presence near Iran. That's very unfortunate, because the problem isn’t directly challenging Iran with some of their misbehavior. The problem is getting into another Afghanistan and another protracted military campaign --"

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