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John Travolta discussed America’s ‘Russophobic hysteria’ during paid Russia trip: Putin’s press secretary

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Actor John Travolta was lionized by “elite members of President Vladimir Putin’s court” during a recent trip to Russia, The Daily Beast reported Saturday.

“Cameras captured Travolta, the Kremlin’s ‘guest of honor’ on the red carpet, and paparazzi snapped him, his head shaved, his beard not, smiling along with Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov and ‘pop king’ Filipp Kirkorov, a long-time buddy of U.S. President Donald Trump and his progeny,” The Beast explained.

Peskov spoke to reporters about dining with Travolta.

“We discussed the reasons behind the Russophobic hysteria heated up by the U.S. political circles, which nobody can explain,” Peskov said.

The actor was reportedly paid to burnish Russia’s image.

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“Travolta follows a long line of Kremlin-paid Hollywood celebrities attending functions here,” The Beast noted. “The same ‘Federaciya’ foundation that famously paid Sharon Stone and Kevin Costner for singing ‘Blueberry Hill’ with former KGB chief Putin back in 2010 organized Travolta’s trip as well as American singer Michael Bolton’s visit to Moscow.”

“No matter how derided or mocked Travolta was back home after reports about his obsession with masseuses or for feuding with his Scientology friends, here in Moscow leading Kremlin officials were proud to be seen asking for his political advice,” The Beast added.

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House holds Bill Barr and Wilbur Ross in criminal contempt of Congress

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The House has officially voted to hold Attorney General Bill Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress.

Both men refused to abide by a subpoena from the House for documents so they that could investigate actions by both departments.

The last person to be held in contempt of Congress was Bill Barr when he was held in civil contempt, but this was a criminal charge.

In the case of Ross, he is accused of lying under oath to Congress and they requested documents to prove it. Ross refused to provide the information necessary.

Ross has called the contempt charge "political theater" and of no real substance. If that was true, he shouldn't be afraid to provide the documents. Still, he refused.

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Trump’s ‘craziness’ will drive Mexico to find other sources of soybeans — permanently hurting US farmers: Ex-diplomat

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President Donald Trump believes he has worked out a killer trade deal with Mexico and Canada -- but one former Mexican diplomat tells Storm Lake Times columnist Art Cullen that the damage done to the relationship between the countries will have lasting ramifications for years to come.

Jorge Guajardo, who served for six years as Mexico's ambassador to China, recently explained to Cullen that Trump's erratic behavior has shown his country that it must look for other major trading partners so it doesn't run the risk of getting burned by the United States again.

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Yale psychiatrist: Trump using racism as a coping mechanism as his mental state rapidly deteriorates

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On Wednesday, President Donald Trump continued to attack the young congresswomen of color nicknamed "The Squad," after he was criticized for saying the women should go back to their own countries, even though all four are U.S. citizens. Now, he's doubling down.

On Twitter Wednesday he called the women "left-wing cranks." He added that they were free to leave if they don't like America.

Raw Story spoke with Dr. Bandy X. Lee about the President's racist tirades against Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Ayanna Pressley (D-IL).

Lee is a forensic psychiatrist and an expert on violence at Yale School of Medicine. She helped launch a public health approach to global violence prevention as a consultant to the World Health Organization and other United Nations bodies since 2002. She is author of the textbook, “Violence: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Causes, Consequences, and Cures,” president of the World Mental Health Coalition, and editor of the New York Times bestseller, “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 37 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President.”

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