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MSNBC analyst torches White House Russia ‘insanity’: ‘Dear Leader’s feelings are more important than national security’

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A pair of MSNBC analysts torched President Donald Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner for downplaying — and even ignoring — Russian efforts to manipulate American democracy.

Kushner on Tuesday complained that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Trump-Russia campaign ties was worse than Kremlin efforts to interfere in the 2016 election, and “Morning Joe” political analyst Mike Barnicle was appalled.

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“The combination of arrogance and ignorance that he displayed in answering that question is nearly breathtaking, but it is predictable,” Barnicle said. “It is also very predictable as to why so many members of the intelligence community did not want to give him a security clearance. Based on that answer, he ought not to have a security clearance.”

MSNBC contributor Elise Jordan, a White House and State Department aide during the George W. Bush administration, expressed shock and disgust about reports that White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney prevented ousted Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen from telling the president about her work against future Russian meddling.

“It is mind-blowing to me that Dear Leader’s feelings are more important than protecting the integrity of fair and free elections,” Jordan said. “It’s insanity that we have a leader whose ego will not allow us to address critical national security threats because his feelings might be hurt and because it calls into question his election.”

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Swiss holding ‘funeral march’ to mark disappearance of an Alpine glacier

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Dozens of people will undertake a "funeral march" up a steep Swiss mountainside on Sunday to mark the disappearance of an Alpine glacier amid growing global alarm over climate change.

The Pizol "has lost so much substance that from a scientific perspective it is no longer a glacier," Alessandra Degiacomi, of the Swiss Association for Climate Protection, told AFP.

The organisation which helped organise Sunday's march said around 100 people were due to take part in the event, set to take place as the UN gathers youth activists and world leaders in New York to mull the action needed to curb global warming.

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UAW strike ‘threatens to upend the economy in Michigan’ — and could destroy Trump’s re-election: report

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At the end of the first week of a major strike by the United Auto Workers, the employment standoff threatens to upend President Donald Trump's 2020 re-election map, the Chicago Times reported Saturday.

Approximately 46,000 workers have been striking against General Motors.

There are two major threats to Trump's campaign from the strike.

The first is that the strike could cause regional recessions -- threatening Trump's political standing in key Rust Belt states.

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Security forces fired live rounds at protesters calling for the ouster of Egyptian president: report

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Egyptian security forces clashed with hundreds of anti-government protesters in the port city of Suez on Saturday, firing tear gas and live rounds, said several residents who participated in the demonstrations.

A heavy security presence was also maintained in Cairo's Tahrir Square, the epicentre of Egypt's 2011 revolution, after protests in several cities called for the removal of general-turned-president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

Such demonstrations are rare after Egypt effectively banned protests under a law passed following the 2013 military ouster of Islamist ex-president Mohamed Morsi.

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