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Any other day this bad would destroy a presidency — for Trump it was just Tuesday: conservative columnist

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On Thursday, the Senate Intelligence committee issued a subpoena requiring Donald Trump Jr. to testify about his ties to  the Kremlin.

As Democrats weigh where to go next in the multiple probes related to improprieties by Donald Trump and his family members and associates, the Republican leadership has declared the Russia investigation complete.

Writing in the conservative publication The Bulwark, columnist Jonathan V. Last explains why regardless of the outcome, Tuesday was one of the worst days for the administration — at the same time, disaster after disaster has become the new normal for Trump.

“The really worrisome takeaway from the Mueller Report wasn’t that Russia meddled in our election and favored Donald Trump. It wasn’t that Trump at the very least attempted to obstruct justice,” Last writes.

“It was that the executive branch of government looks to be run by a bunch of incompetent people who have no real idea what they’re doing.”

He cites a handful of examples that underscore just how dangerously incompetent the Trump White House is.

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First, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Trump bungled a threat against Iran by sending a ship deployment to the Middle East. As Last notes, the administration sent an email from the national security advisor to reporters about the Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group — but didn’t make anyone available to answer questions.

“This is how you wind up bumbling into conflict. I’ve said this a hundred times and I’ll say it again: Strategic ambiguity can be a valuable tool in certain game theory situations,” Last points out. “But in military conflicts, strategic ambiguity is dangerous for the stronger power.”

Last also notes that the release of the President’s taxes appears inevitable. Given how much effort he’s put into hiding them, it wouldn’t be surprising if they contained some very bad information.

Then there were the revelations that Trump’s former fixer, Michael Cohen, had helped Jerry Falwell Jr. hide from public view what appear to be sex pictures. Falwell Jr. endorsed Trump soon after that.

“I want to emphasize that all three of these stories broke yesterday,” Last concludes. “You might think that this would be the single worst day of a presidential administration. But in the Age of Trump it is—literally—just another Tuesday.”

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BUSTED: Ex-GOP state chairman was arrested — for the second time in two weeks

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On Friday, Idaho GOP chairman Jonathan Parker, who stepped down prior to being arrested for stalking, was arrested again. This time Parker was arrested for trespassing.

"Officers made contact with that man and identified him as Parker. Further investigation revealed that there is an active protection order between Parker and a woman living nearby — his estranged wife — and Parker was then arrested and charged with felony stalking. During his arraignment, the judge issued a issued a no-contact order, which bars Parker from getting within 500 feet of his wife," a report from the Idaho Statesman said.

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Impeachment is no longer about ‘registering outrage’ — it’s now about ‘averting an ongoing crisis’: columnist

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President Donald Trump continues to defy presidential norms.

Boston Globe’s Michael A. Cohen wrote that Trump's behavior would be laughable if it weren't so dangerous for Americans. Cohen explained that in one week, President Trump has shown to put his interest above the U.S.

Trump started the week by telling ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos that he would take dirt on a rival from foreign operatives. He also downplayed the threat of North Korea.

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Trump expert Tony Schwartz reveals ‘all you need to know’ about the president

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The co-author of the president's 1987 autobiography Trump: The Art of the Deal on Friday revealed "all you need to know" about the commander-in-chief.

Tony Schwartz offered advice on how to respond to Trump as his behavior becomes even more erratic.

"As we all know, Trump is shameless and compulsive liar. Here's the solution: ignore everything he says -- everything," Schwartz counseled.

"Don't waste any energy in outrage," he continued.

"Just know nothing he says is ever true," Schwartz said. "That's all you need to know."

https://twitter.com/tonyschwartz/status/1139681718175014912

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