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Why are Trump fans celebrating that he’s a ‘Russian stooge’ instead of a traitor?

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President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet in Helsinki (Screen cap).

Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson on Friday rained hell on Trump supporters who are spiking the football in wake of the news that special counsel Robert Mueller did not establish there was a criminal conspiracy between President Donald Trump’s campaign and the Russian government.

In his latest column, the former George W. Bush speechwriter outlined all the unethical behavior that Trump and his associates engaged in during the 2016 presidential campaign, including taking meetings with Russians promising dirt on Hillary Clinton, openly encouraging the release of Clinton’s hacked emails, and trying to land a massive real estate deal with the Kremlin while running for president.

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Although none of these actions may be technically illegal, Gerson writes, they are definitely unethical and work to benefit Russian President Vladimir Putin’s efforts to undermine confidence in democracy.

“Trump supporters are doing a victory dance over the fact that he isn’t a Russian agent, just a Russian stooge,” Gerson writes. “And Trump’s supporters are spiking the ball following an investigation that did not clear the president of obstruction charges. So it is still a legal judgment call whether the president is a crook.”

Gerson then warns Trump fans that their president is only going to look worse once Mueller’s full report is released.

“Barr’s summary of the Mueller report is the most favorable interpretation Trump is likely to get,” he writes. “The report itself may be a catalogue of horrible judgment, unethical behavior and noncriminal corruption. It may put Trump Inc. in a very bad light. If and when it comes out in full. In the meantime, the Trump administration is defendant, judge and jury.”

Read the whole column here.

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The Arab uprisings were weakened by online fakes

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The Arab uprisings a decade ago were supercharged by online calls to join the protests -- but the internet was soon flooded with misinformation, weakening the region's cyber-activists.

When Tunisian dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country in January 2011, rumours and uncertainty created "panic and hysteria", said ex-activist and entrepreneur Houeida Anouar.

"January 14 was a horrible night, so traumatic," she said. "We heard gunfire, and a neighbour shouted 'hide yourselves, they're raping women'."

As pro-regime media pumped out misinformation, the flood of bogus news also spread to the internet, a space activists had long seen as a refuge from censorship and propaganda.

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Dr. Fauci warns of post-Thanksgiving COVID-19 surge in US

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The United States is the worst-affected country, with 266,074 Covid-19 deaths, and President Donald Trump's administration has issued conflicting messages on mask-wearing, travel and the danger posed by the virus.

"There almost certainly is going to be an uptick because of what has happened with the travel," Fauci told CNN's "State of the Union."

Travel surrounding Thursday's Thanksgiving holiday made this the busiest week in US airports since the pandemic began.

"We may see a surge upon a surge" in two or three weeks, Fauci added. "We don't want to frighten people, but that's the reality."

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Sidney Powell’s new election lawsuit cites election experts she won’t even name: legal expert

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President Donald Trump's former election lawyer, Sidney Powell, has filed her lawsuit in Georgia suing Gov. Brian Kemp (R-GA) for what she says is a fraudulent election.

But lawyer Mike Dunford explained that it doesn't exactly work that way. Reading through Powell's court document "Emergency Motion for Declaratory, Emergency, and Permanent Injunctive Relief and Memorandum in Support Thereof."

"If you want emergency relief it is very helpful to be as clear and concise as humanly possible," he explained. "Pointing the court back to your 100+ page complaint with its 29 exhibits isn't how that is best done. To put it very mildly."

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