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Trump’s insults forced his director of national intelligence to consider quitting — until Pence stepped in

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The director of national intelligence had to be talked out of resigning by Vice President Mike Pence, according to current and former senior Trump administration officials.

Daniel Coats, who oversees U.S. intelligence agencies, nearly quit over President Donald Trump’s sudden decision to withdraw troops from Syria, which also drove out former Defense Secretary James Mattis, but Pence talked his longtime Indiana friend into staying until at least this summer, reported NBC News.

The relationship between Coats and the president has been strained after Trump accused him of leaking classified information, pushed him to publicly criticize the U.S. intelligence community as biased and demanded he find evidence that former President Barack Obama had wiretapped him.

Trump privately calls Coats “Mr. Rogers,” but Pence has encouraged the president to stick with him and has urged the intelligence chief to remain on the job.

Officials say Trump sees intelligence professionals as advisors he’s free to ignore, but Coats has publicly pushed back against the president for standing by Russian president Vladimir Putin and siding with his denials of election interference.

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“I am focused on doing my job,” Coats told NBC News, “and it is frustrating to repeatedly be asked to respond to anonymous sources and unsubstantiated, often false rumors that undercut the critical work of the Intelligence Community and its relationship with the President. I am proud to lead an IC singularly focused on the vital mission of providing timely and unbiased intelligence to President Trump, Vice President Pence and the national security team in support of our nation’s security.”

A spokesperson for Pence declined to comment.

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‘It’s so un-American’: Internet scorches Trump supporters for racist chants of ‘Send her back!’

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The ignoble highlight of President Donald Trump's rally in Greenville, North Carolina on Wednesday was when his fans doubled down on his racist attacks on four Democratic congresswomen of color and targeted Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), chanting "Send her back! Send her back!"

Political commentators of all stripes were gobsmacked by the crowd's naked racism — and buried them in condemnation:

The crowd at Trump’s rally chanting “send her back” after the President viciously and dishonestly attacked Ilhan Omar is one of the most chilling and horrifying things I’ve ever seen in politics.

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Jeffrey Epstein wasn’t even a competent investor: report

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There can be no doubt that high-powered hedge fund manager Jeffrey Epstein would rather the public know him for his prominence and success as an investor than for the allegations of child sex trafficking, for which he has now been indicted and faces life in prison. And there has for years been mystique surrounding Epstein's business — his wealth fund is so exclusive that it reportedly requires a billion dollars up front from clients.

But according to the Dow Jones' periodical Barron's, Epstein may not even be good at that.

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Jon Stewart blasts ‘abomination’ of Rand Paul trying to ‘balance the budget on the backs of’ 9/11 responders

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On Wednesday's edition of Fox News' "Special Report," comedian and activist Jon Stewart slammed Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) for blocking unanimous consent for a bill to support health care for 9/11 first responders.

"Pardon me if I'm not impressed in any way by Rand Paul's fiscal responsibility virtue signaling," said Stewart to anchor Bret Baier, who appeared on the show with first responder and activist John Feal.

He added that Paul's complaint, that the bill was unfunded, rings hollow given that he "added hundreds of billions of dollars to our deficit" with the GOP tax cuts for billionaires. He castigated Paul for trying to "balance the budget on the backs of the 9/11 first responder community."

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