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Stephen Miller convinced Trump to abruptly drop his ICE nominee because he wants ‘Attila the Hun’ instead

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Stephen Miller [Photo: screen grab from CNN]

Donald Trump’s adviser and speechwriter Stephen Miller reportedly lobbied the president to drop his nominee to lead Immigration and Customs Enforcement because the man didn’t “fully” support a recent addition to the president’s agenda.

The Washington Post reported Friday that Trump dropped Ronald Vitiello, the agency’s current acting director, from consideration for the permanent position because Miller wanted someone “tougher.”

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One senior White House official told the Post, however, that this isn’t the first time the adviser has worked to convince the president to change his mind about failed policies he’d proposed. In this case, the potential closure of the US-Mexico border reportedly factored into his effort to get Vitiello dropped.

“This is part of an increasingly desperate effort by Stephen to throw people under the bus when the policies he has advocated are not effective,” the official said. “Once it becomes clear that Stephen’s policies aren’t working, he tells the president ‘they’re not the right people.’”

“Stephen wants to put Attila the Hun as director of ICE,” the senior official, who believes Miller wants to put in someone closer to him, added.

As CNN’s Kaitlin Collins noted, Miller reportedly told Trump that Vitiello “was not fully in favor of closing the southern border.”

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The Arab uprisings were weakened by online fakes

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The Arab uprisings a decade ago were supercharged by online calls to join the protests -- but the internet was soon flooded with misinformation, weakening the region's cyber-activists.

When Tunisian dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country in January 2011, rumours and uncertainty created "panic and hysteria", said ex-activist and entrepreneur Houeida Anouar.

"January 14 was a horrible night, so traumatic," she said. "We heard gunfire, and a neighbour shouted 'hide yourselves, they're raping women'."

As pro-regime media pumped out misinformation, the flood of bogus news also spread to the internet, a space activists had long seen as a refuge from censorship and propaganda.

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Dr. Fauci warns of post-Thanksgiving COVID-19 surge in US

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The United States is the worst-affected country, with 266,074 Covid-19 deaths, and President Donald Trump's administration has issued conflicting messages on mask-wearing, travel and the danger posed by the virus.

"There almost certainly is going to be an uptick because of what has happened with the travel," Fauci told CNN's "State of the Union."

Travel surrounding Thursday's Thanksgiving holiday made this the busiest week in US airports since the pandemic began.

"We may see a surge upon a surge" in two or three weeks, Fauci added. "We don't want to frighten people, but that's the reality."

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Sidney Powell’s new election lawsuit cites election experts she won’t even name: legal expert

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President Donald Trump's former election lawyer, Sidney Powell, has filed her lawsuit in Georgia suing Gov. Brian Kemp (R-GA) for what she says is a fraudulent election.

But lawyer Mike Dunford explained that it doesn't exactly work that way. Reading through Powell's court document "Emergency Motion for Declaratory, Emergency, and Permanent Injunctive Relief and Memorandum in Support Thereof."

"If you want emergency relief it is very helpful to be as clear and concise as humanly possible," he explained. "Pointing the court back to your 100+ page complaint with its 29 exhibits isn't how that is best done. To put it very mildly."

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