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Ex-House counsel blasts Trump for ‘raw power’ refusal over Congressional subpoenas: Worse ‘stonewalling’ in 40 years

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A law professor who used to work as a House of Representatives counsel warned that President Donald Trump’s congressional “stonewalling” is unlike anything he’s seen in his multi-decade career.

Charles Tiefer, a former longtime House lawyer, told the New York Times that “the comprehensiveness and intensity of this presidential stonewalling” went past anything he’d seen in his 40-year-career.

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Tiefer’s comments came after the president on Wednesday declared that his administration is “fighting all the subpoenas” from Congress regarding its various investigations into him and his administration. That day, the Justice Department refused to comply with a Congressional request regarding the controversial addition of a citizenship question on the US Census.

“These aren’t, like, impartial people,” Trump told reporters outside the White House. “The Democrats are trying to win 2020.”

The Wednesday defiance came after the White House earlier in the week indicated that it would tell former administration counsel Don McGahn and other ex-officials not to comply with subpoenas.

“The president is attempting to repeal a congressional power of oversight that goes back to the administration of George Washington,” Tiefer told the newspaper. “Congress can call witnesses about problems with the executive branch anytime. Otherwise there is no check on whether the executive branch is doing the public’s work or just exercising raw power.”

Read the entire report via the Times.

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Women are making Trump ‘melt down’ — or turn tail and run: columnist

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President Donald Trump doesn’t like being challenged by any media figures, even if they are conservative white males like Fox News’ Chris Wallace or The Bulwark’s Bill Kristol. But female reporters, in particular, seem to rattle Trump, as journalist Jack Shafer argues in an op-ed published in Politico this week.

Shafer describes a pattern, explaining, “It starts with a reporter, usually a female reporter, asking President Donald Trump hard, tenacious questions at a news conference. Trump’s jaw seizes up, rattled and dumbfounded by the questions that he can’t or won’t answer. He abruptly ends the presser by saying, ‘Thank you very much’ and stalking out of the room.”

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Mitch McConnell continues to be haunted by this Confederate flag photo – but he says he has no regrets

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell explained the origins of an infamous photograph of himself standing in front of a Confederate flag.

The photo has circulated for years, and it's believed to have originated in the early 1990s at an event held at Big Spring Country Club by the Louisville-based John Hunt Morgan Camp 1342 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, reported the Courier-Journal.

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WATCH: Christian parent warns school district that wearing masks is a ‘pagan ritual of satanic worshipers’

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Wisconsin's Elmbrook School District is fully reopening for the coming school year -- a decision that was expectedly met with criticism. Nevertheless, the school is requiring students to wear masks while on campus, and a certain Christian parent took umbrage at the rule, saying social distancing and wearing masks are "pagan rituals of satanic worshipers."

"My kids are Christian they are not subject to wearing masks,” the woman, identified as Heidi Anderson, said at an Elmbrook Board of Education meeting on Tuesday.

"Six-foot distance and masks are pagan rituals of satanic worshipers," Anderson said. "Absorb that in. 6 feet. Where does 6 feet come from, people? Why is not 3? Why is it not 5? Why is it not 10? Why is it not 30? Why is it 6?"

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