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Republicans are freaking out and calling Bill Barr’s friends demanding they explain his behavior

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Washington Post reporter revealed that Republicans have been calling Attorney General William Barr’s friends demanding that they explain his behavior during his bombastic Congressional testimonies this week.

Robert Costa, a national political reporter for the Post and an MSNBC analyst, explained to a panel Thursday that his Republican sources have taken to calling Barr’s friends and asking them “what’s going on here, what explains his behavior?”

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“Privately they’re told, ‘remember this is not a career prosecutor, this is someone who ran the [Justice Department] for Bush 41 but doesn’t have a prosecutorial mindset,'” Costa revealed.

The reporter noted that Barr worked for the CIA with a focus on China — and people close to the attorney general have advised that he’s likely “more interested in having scrutiny of the intelligence agencies than lining up as a traditional DOJ person on these issues.”

Costa’s revelation came after the attorney general told the Senate earlier in the week that the Obama DOJ may have been “spying” on the Trump campaign — a claim made repeatedly by President Donald Trump throughout his time in the White House.

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Trump evangelicals abandoned the Sermon on the Mount and replaced it with the ‘Trumpian order’: Historian Jon Meacham

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In an op-ed for the New York Times this Tuesday, historian Jon Meacham discusses the state of Christianity in America during the age of Donald Trump. He points out that Christianity, especially in the hands of Trump-supporting evangelicals, has lost its moral authority in the eyes of many Americans. Understandable, since the hero of millions of Christians "has used the National Prayer Breakfast to mock the New Testament injunction to love one’s enemies."

But according to Meacham, "history suggests that religiously inspired activism may hold the best hope for those in resistance to the prevailing Trumpian order."

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Julian Assange in UK court outburst over distance from lawyers

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Wednesday briefly disrupted his extradition hearing in Britain to complain about being forced to sit away from his lawyers.

The 48-year-old Australian stood up and launched an impromptu courtroom address from inside the glass-panelled dock of the court during the third day of the hearing, being held in southeast London.

"I can't speak to my lawyers with any proper confidentiality," he complained, noting microphones near the dock could pick up conversations.

"I can't ask, I can't instruct them," added Assange, wearing a grey blazer and a sweater over a collared shirt and seated between two guards.

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Google pledges new $10 billion investment in US in 2020

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Google said Wednesday it would invest more than $10 billion in US offices and data centers in 2020, including its new campus planned for New York City and projects in 10 other states.

The pledge comes on top of some $22 billion invested by the US tech giant unit over the past two years.

"These investments will create thousands of jobs -- including roles within Google, construction jobs in data centers and renewable energy facilities, and opportunities in local businesses in surrounding towns and communities," said a blog post by Sundar Pichai, chief executive of Google parent Alphabet.

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