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‘I don’t believe for one second’ that North Korea talks collapsed because of Cohen hearings: Ex-House Intel chair

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Former House Intelligence Committee chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI) in a Monday MSNBC appearance scoffed at President Donald Trump’s claim that the Michael Cohen hearings were to blame for his failed summit with North Korea, saying Trump should blame himself.

“I never think it is helpful to have, I don’t care what president’s in office, to have contentious hearings like that when there is some serious negotiations happening overseas,” said Rogers. “But I don’t believe for one second that’s why the talks collapsed.” Rogers then cast the blame specifically on the president.

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“Setting Kim Jong-Un up as an international player is really risky,” Rogers said. “He went from that isolation -saw no light of day outside of the borders of North Korea- to now this international player, certainly in the region and that gave him stature for him to walk in and do what he did in those hearings.”

Rogers said whether “it was worth the risk” was subject to debate, but the outcome certainly wasn’t. “I think that led more to the walk out of Kim Jong-Un than anything,” he said.

Rogers also disputed Trump’s insistence that ending U.S. military exercises with South Korea represented a savings for the US, and instead cast it as a victory for North Korea.

“I disagreed with it when they offered that up the last go around and got nothing for it, and now we will get nothing for it again,” he said. “I didn’t think this went well for the president at all.”

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CNN’s Bakari Sellers schools Rick Santorum over claim Trump is not part of the ‘extreme hard right’

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During a panel discussion on CNN's State of the Union, contributor Bakari Sellers set fellow panelist Rick Santorum straight after he tried to claim that Donald Trump doesn't take far-right positions.

Following a discussion on Sen. Bernie Sanders' Nevada caucus win, Santorum tried to note the major differences between Trump and Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Responding to conservative commentator Linda Chavez who called both Sanders and Trump "two angry people," Santorum remarked, "I wanted to take issue with what Linda said: two angry folks representing the extremes, and I would agree with that, with Bernie Sanders, and he is representing, no question, the extreme of the Democratic Party and he says that he is a socialist and he is angry, I agree."

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Justice Dept officials worry Bill Barr will fall quietly in line behind Trump after Stone interference: report

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According to a report from CNN, longtime Justice Department officials are concerned that Attorney General Bill Barr will do all he can to stay out of Donald Trump's sight and not interfere now that he was caught up in a squabble with the president over the sentencing of Trump associate Roger Stone.

CNN notes that Barr had previously watched Secretary of State Mike Pompeo be swept up in the president's Ukraine scandal -- damaging the State Department official's reputation -- and hoped to keep a low profile in the president's public disputes.

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Internet heaps praise on CNN’s Anderson Cooper for his ‘must watch’ destruction of Rod Blagojevich

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CNN's Anderson Cooper received near-universal praise across the board for what one commenter called his "fiery rebuke" of recently paroled former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich on Friday night that culminated in the CNN host telling him excuses for why he should not have been in prison were "bullsh*t."

During the highly-contentious interview, Cooper came armed with facts and did not let Blagojevich get away with comparing himself to political prisoner Nelson Madel a which drew a smirk and rebuke from the CNN host.

Many on Twitter were quick to point to the interview as one all cable hosts should look at as a way to stop guests who go on shows to lie with no pushback.

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