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MSNBC’s Morning Joe shreds Bill Barr’s character: Even Matt Whitaker stood up to Trump sometimes

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MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough shredded Attorney General William Barr’s character for going along with President Donald Trump’s scheme to discredit special counsel Robert Mueller.

The “Morning Joe” host said Barr had already shown himself to be more subservient to the president than his two predecessors by publicly helping Trump attack the Mueller probe and hide the special counsel’s findings from Congress and the public.

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“I’m going to bring up two names of people (who), when the time came that their country called on them to do the right thing, they did it,” Scarborough said. “Attorney General Jeff Sessions — he did what was required by law, he did what was required by the ethics of the situation — and, yes, I’m going to say it: Matthew Whitaker. When the president of the United States pressured Matthew Whitaker to do something that he knew to be improper, he stood up to the president of the United States. Let that be said.”

Co-host Willie Geist pointed out that both of those attorneys general had been pushed out of the Trump administration and replaced by Barr, who told lawmakers that he believed the Justice Department had spied on the president’s campaign, without offering any evidence.

“He is surrounded by people who believe these conspiracy theories,” said Washington Post columnist David Ignatious. “It takes strong character in a period like this to resist lies. You have to stand up, you have to take risks, and Barr, looking at him, I felt looked like a weak attorney general who is not prepared to dig in and tell the country the truth, even though it would risk meaning the president was angry at him. He didn’t seem like the man to do that.”

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‘People’s lives will be lost’: Psychiatrist warns ‘sociopath’ Trump is ‘getting worse’ — and failing in coronavirus response

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President Donald Trump's psychological problems are getting worse and could be consequential as America faces a potential COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell on Thursday interviewed Dr. Lance Dodes, a former assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

"As you pointed out, Lawrence, this man is about himself. He really is not about the country, he's not about public health," Dr. Dodes said of Trump.

"Although he has already severely damaged the country by being a psychopath or sociopath -- in many ways, he's damaged democracy -- I think people's lives will be lost now," he warned. "Individual lives will be lost because of the way he's mishandling the coronavirus issue."

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‘Something really rotten’: Here’s the evidence of extensive voter suppression in Georgia’s notorious 2018 election

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As the 2020 presidential campaign cycle grinds on, there’s renewed concern about the 21st century’s newest form of warfare: cyber-sabotage of government systems, including elections and online disinformation intended to incite unrest. But as Suppressed: The Fight to Vote, a documentary from Brave New Films, makes clear, partisan voter suppression tactics with 20th-century roots remain and can thwart multitudes of voters from changing their state’s political leaders.

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The real story behind Trump’s new lawsuit against the New York Times

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Wednesday was an ominous day for freedom of the press in this country, and I want to tell you why.

You may have heard or seen that President Trump filed a libel suit against the New York Times. Perhaps you weren’t surprised: the president is known to frequently disparage the Times even as he reads it obsessively. Borrowing a page from what I’ve referred to before as a Mount Rushmore of totalitarians, Robespierre, Hitler, Stalin and Mao, Trump loves to call the press the “enemy of the people.”

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