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Russia is over the moon about the growing rift between Donald Trump and European allies: NYT

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Vice President Mike Pence had a rough time in Europe over the weekend, after leaders gave him the cold shoulder. According to the New York Times, that lackluster response extends beyond the Pence performance.

“Two years of Mr. Trump, and a majority of French and Germans now trust Russia and China more than the United States,” said longtime analyst of German-American relations Karl Kaiser.

Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov was elated with the new rift as his country stands to benefit from Trump’s self-made crisis.

Lavrov “happily noted the strains, remarking that the Euro-Atlantic relationship had become increasingly ‘tense,'” the Times reported.

“We see new cracks forming, and old cracks deepening,” said Lavrov.

Foreign Policy explained in an analysis that Russian President Vladimir Putin is likely anti-NATO because it gives the U.S. some say over the area.

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In 1945, Joseph Stalin celebrated his advancements into Eastern Europe. Just two years later, U.S. secretary of state, George C. Marshall decided that negotiations with Moscow weren’t going anywhere. He crafted The Marshall Plan “to secure democratic, capitalist government in the parts of Europe still outside Soviet control.”

Two years later, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was born. As a KGB officer, Putin was on the front lines to fight NATO.

“What do [the Americans] need NATO for?” former Israeli leader Shimon Peres recalled Putin asking. “Which army do they want to fight? They think I didn’t know that Crimea is Russian, and that Khrushchev gave it to Ukraine as a gift? I didn’t care, until then you needed the Ukrainians in NATO. What for? I didn’t touch them.”

The slow, quiet and methodical war continues.

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Trump’s 2020 campaign strategy is familiar: Troll the libs!

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Late on Tuesday, I got an email from an unusual source. A reporter for the conservative publication the Washington Examiner asked if I'd be interested in sharing thoughts on Joe Biden's history of joking "about 'locking up your daughters'" and on "Biden's view of women and gender relations." This was in light of my previous criticisms of Biden's apparent condescension towards girls and women, and his pockmarked history on gender relations in general.

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Cory Booker rips Biden for praising racist senators: ‘You don’t joke about calling black men boys’

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Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) blasted Joe Biden for praising two segregationist senators he'd served with as a lawmaker.

The former vice president and current Democratic presidential frontrunner reminisced about his relationship with Mississippi Democrat James Eastland and Georgia Democrat Herman Talmadge, two notoriously racist senators during the Civil Rights era, reported The Hill.

“At least there was some civility, we got things done," Biden said, recalling that Eastland had never called him "boy." "We didn't agree on much of anything. We got things done, we got it finished."

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Most Republican voters admit to feeling ‘embarrassed’ and ‘exhausted’ by Trump’s comments

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Some diehard supporters of President Donald Trump have asserted that they admire the fact that he is so unapologetic about his rhetoric and his actions. But according to a new Pew Research survey, most Republican or Republican-leaning voters admit that they sometimes feel “embarrassed” or “concerned” about things that Trump says.

According to Pew, 53% of Republican or Republican-leaning voters say they sometimes feel “embarrassed” by Trump’s comments — while 59% are sometimes “concerned” by them. Some of the adjectives Pew ran by GOP or GOP-leaning voters were even stronger, including “angry,” “exhausted” and “frightened.”

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