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Bill Barr lost the last of his credibility when he threw out his ‘boob bait’ spying allegations for Trump’s base: Rick Wilson

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Appearing on The Last Word with host Lawrence O’Donnell, conservative consultant Rick Wilson said he had given Attorney General Bill Barr the benefit of the doubt so far when it came to performing his job, but hinting that there was government spying on the Trump campaign was a bridge too far.

Asked about the AG’s testimony where he indicated that he wanted to look into accusations of Justice Department spying, Wilson told the MSNBC host that he was sorely disappointed.

“I gave Barr a very long lead, Lawrence. I wasn’t very critical of him.” Wilson began. “I was waiting to see what would happen because there was a sort of idea that Barr was an institutionalist and that he was going to reflect the best traditions of attorney generals from both parties over time — where they stayed out of the politics. Where they didn’t answer as a reflexive supporter or opponent of the president, where they will stand on this and they served justice and the American people.”

“I hoped Bill Barr was going to be one of those guys that he was going to meet that standard,” he continued. “But throwing out the boob bait of spying and all these other things knowing what he was doing and having built this elaborate strategy to allow Trump to declare victory and hide and redact and try to not let the American people to know what the Mueller report contains, he has shown us at every turn since he signed that four-page memo he is not an honest broker or a player who has come to the table to stand up for justice and the American people.”

“He is there to work for Donald Trump,” he added before warning, “He’s going to find out that Donald Trump is the death touch of everybody’s career and honor.”

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Sailing among the stars: Here’s how photons could revolutionize space flight

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A few days from now, a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will lift off from Florida, carrying a satellite the size of a loaf of bread with nothing to power it but a huge polyester "solar sail."

It's been the stuff of scientists' dreams for decades but has only very recently become a reality.

The idea might sounds crazy: propelling a craft through the vacuum of space with no engine, no fuel, and no solar panels, but instead harnessing the momentum of packets of light energy known as photons -- in this case from our Sun.

The spacecraft to be launched on Monday, called LightSail 2, was developed by the Planetary Society, a US organization that promotes space exploration which was co-founded by the legendary astronomer Carl Sagan in 1980.

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Russians to prod Putin on poverty and his personal life as his ratings tank

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Russians are set to ask President Vladimir Putin about growing poverty at home and tensions abroad during an annual televised phone-in Thursday, which comes following a fall in his approval ratings.

The leader is also likely to face a degree of grilling on his personal life, according to questions submitted by the public online ahead of the live show.

Set to be held for the 17th time since Putin came to power in 1999, the show starts at 0900 GMT and usually lasts several hours.

Ahead of the carefully choreographed show, more than one million questions had been submitted, organisers told Russian news agencies.

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Trump could turn on Hope Hicks just like Michael Cohen: Trump family biographer warns

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Trump family biographer Emily Jane Fox explained that she didn't think that the president would turn on long-time aide Hope Hicks, but then again, it was the same thought about Michael Cohen as well.

In a panel discussion about Hicks' testimony during MSNBC's Brian Williams' Wednesday show, Fox recalled that Micahel Cohen once said that he would take a bullet for the president. Once it appeared that Trump would throw him under the bus, Cohen began looking for a way out.

The same scenario seems to be happening with Hicks now.

"She works at new Fox, which is a company run by a Murdoch son," Fox said. "It's a company that's brand new. She's the head of communications there. And there are shareholders who would take issue with the fact that a senior member of this company is being put in this situation and being thrust on the world stage."

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