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Reagan daughter shreds Trump for pushing drug dealer death penalties: ‘Tyrants take life and death casually’

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Ronald Reagan’s daughter, Patti Davis, implored President Trump to re-think how he views dictators from countries such as Saudi Arabia, Russia, The Philippines, North Korea and China in a new column Tuesday.

“It’s a good thing [my father] isn’t here now to hear President Trump express excitement over China employing the death penalty for drug dealers, and to strongly suggest that we here in the United States should do the same,” she wrote in the Washington Post.

Davis also took aim at Trump’s casual embrace of authoritarian leaders such as North Korea’s Kim Jong-un and The Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte, who openly and controversially embraces the killing of drug dealers in his country.

“Tyrants take life and death casually. Trump has boasted of a ‘great relationship’ with Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, who has encouraged the citizens of his country to kill people who are suspected of drug trafficking and even drug addicts,” Davis wrote.

“He’s defended Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose enemies frequently turn up dead under suspicious circumstances, and negotiated with Kim Jong Un, who had his uncle, Jang Song Thaek, executed, and whose half brother, Kim Jong Nam, was assassinated,” Davis said. “It’s not difficult to assume there was rejoicing among the rulers in Saudi Arabia when Post contributing columnist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered.”

In the heartfelt editorial, Davis went on to note that “If someone can express excitement over the killing of another human being, that says everything about them….it says that, within that person, where humanity and empathy and respect for life should reside, there is just empty space.”

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She ended her piece by calling for real leadership from Trump and the White House, and hoped that the President would take a harder line when it came to standing up for human rights, and standing up to tyrants who ignore those same human rights.

“A leader is supposed to search for the balance between humanity and enforcement of the law,” she said. “A leader is supposed to feel the crushing weight of responsibility when decisions of life and death arise…a leader who does not do that is the sort of person our Founding Fathers tried to keep away from this grand experiment called America.”

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Trump drowned in ‘heavy metal jokes’ after trying to tag Dem challengers as ‘motley crew’

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President Donald Trump trotted out a new catchphrase to mock the field of Democratic presidential candidates, but it didn't get quite the reaction he may have hoped.

The president insisted polls looked good for his re-election chances, despite leaked internal polling that says otherwise, and tried to tag his potential 2020 challengers as a "motley crew."

Only Fake Polls show us behind the Motley Crew. We are looking really good, but it is far too early to be focused on that. Much work to do! MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!

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Trump betting he can win re-election by spinning new conspiracy theories to explain investigations: report

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Special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into President Donald Trump's association with Russian efforts to undermine the 2016 presidential election may be over. But that does not mean the president is free from oversight.

According to Politico, Trump is still facing 15 civil and criminal probes by at least nine federal, state, and municipal agencies on everything from obstruction of justice to campaign finance violations to using his office to enrich his family and businesses. But president is not bothered by these investigations — or at least, he believes that he can use them to his political advantage.

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Meet the mysterious conservative lawyer who keeps turning up in the Russia probes

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A prominent conservative lawyer keeps showing up in dramas central to the Trump administration and its battles with Congress—and it turns out he has intimate knowledge of Felix Sater’s intelligence work for the U.S. government while he was working with Trump.

The Moscow-born Sater is the financial criminal and violent felon who worked closely with Trump for years while simultaneously serving as a long-term informant for the FBI and other national security agencies.

In 2015 and into mid-2016, Sater pushed for the development of a Trump Tower in Moscow with his old friend Michael Cohen, Trump’s longtime fixer, while trying to enlist support from the Russian government for Trump’s campaign.

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