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Jared Kushner hung up on McCain advisor over criticism of Trump’s friendly relationship with Vladimir Putin: report

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Senior White House advisor Jared Kushner reportedly hung up on an advisor to the late Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), the Washington Examiner reported Tuesday.

The report was based on a revelation from the new book Kushner, Inc. by journalist Vicky Ward.

In the days after the 2016 election, Trump fielded a congratulatory phone call from Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin.

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The day after the phone call, McCain put out a blistering statement.

“At the very least, the price of another ‘reset’ would be complicity in Putin and Assad’s butchery of the Syrian people. That is an unacceptable price for a great nation,” McCain said. “When America has been at its greatest, it is when we have stood on the side those fighting tyranny. That is where we must stand again.”

Kushner reportedly called longtime McCain adviser Rick Davis to vent.

“Has McCain got a strategy or is he just an egomaniac?” Trump’s son-in-law reportedly asked.

“He needs to step back,” Kushner demanded. “We have a plan. He ought to give us time to implement our plan. He’s being obstructionist.”

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After Davis suggested Kushner show McCain respect, Kushner reportedly hung up.

Trump himself attacked McCain on Saturday evening, Sunday morning and Tuesday morning.

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Chinese diplomats unleashed to pummel the reeling Trump administration: report

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According to a report from Politico, Chinese diplomats have been unleashed, as well as urged, to attack Donald Trump's administration and the U.S. in general via social media like Twitter -- turning the president's favorite social media platform back on him.

"The tactic comes as China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi has reportedly urged his diplomats to adopt a 'fighting spirit,' which has led to Chinese diplomat Lijian Zhao to describe "America as 'unjust, 'inhumane' and 'hypocritical.' He’s gone so far as to slam neighborhood segregation in Washington, D.C., and assert that 'racial discrimination, gun violence, violent law enforcement are chronic diseases deeply rooted in U.S. society," Politico reports.

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Trump’s next 100 days will dictate whether he can be re-elected or not — here’s why

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According to CNN pollster-in-residence Harry Enten, Donald Trump's next 100 days -- which could include an impeachment trial in the Senate -- will hold the key to whether he will remain president in 2020.

As Eten explains in a column for CNN, "His [Trump's] approval rating has been consistently low during his first term. Yet his supporters could always point out that approval ratings before an election year have not historically been correlated with reelection success. But by mid-March of an election year, approval ratings, though, become more predictive. Presidents with low approval ratings in mid-March of an election year tend to lose, while those with strong approval ratings tend to win in blowouts and those with middling approval ratings usually win by small margins."

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Who is the audience for the Judiciary Committee’s impeachment hearing?

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What is the purpose and who is the audience for Wednesday’s Judiciary Committee Hearing? The Democrats must do better, for all our sakes.

I have long expressed my exasperation with the timid way in which the House Democratic leadership has only reluctantly moved toward impeachment, even in the face of the damning Mueller Report, and then has proceeded in the most narrow and legalistic way imaginable.

Trump is a very dangerous President, and it is imperative that he be called to account and ultimate removed for his abuses of office. The current crisis could be an opportunity for the Democrats to do this in a way that is legally and politically empowering. But the Democrats seem intent, yet again, on squandering this opportunity with their legalistic narrowness.

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