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Consequences for Trump’s actions are stacking up: Washington Post columnist

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On Monday, Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank railed against President Donald Trump for preempting Alabama’s abortion ban.

Alabama has signed into law one of the most restrictive abortions bans in the country in an attempt to overturn Roe v. Wade. The ban makes abortions illegal even in the case of rape and incest.

Milbank explained that even though Trump tweeted about his view of abortion, it failed.

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“He was trying to distance himself from Alabama’s new law begging the Supreme Court to ban abortions even for victims of rape and incest. But it no longer matters what Trump thinks — and not just because the Alabama ban is already signed into law. Trump put Alabama on course to do what it has done,” Milbank wrote.

He then explained how Trump’s behaviors have led to divisive policy decisions with real-life consequences. He noted examples such as Trump’s travel ban, policies toward China, Iran, and the border wall.

“This is just one of many cases in which Trump seems to be catching up with the consequences of his own actions. His policies toward China, Iran and on the southern border have likewise produced a variety of ill effects and unforeseen consequences,” he said.

Adding, “Unforeseen, but not unforeseeable: Trump seems to govern by smashing crockery, undoing decades of precedent and causing upheaval for its own sake — without much regard for what the consequences might be.”

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He then said that Trump could have avoided the “unforeseen consequences.”

“Virtually all of these unforeseen consequences could have been avoided if Trump had spent a few minutes foreseeing them. Instead, they took months to show themselves. And they could take years to repair,” Milbank said.

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Kushner’s ‘immoral’ peace plan torn to shreds by Israeli security experts: ‘It could blow up the Middle East’

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Jared Kushner's Middle East peace proposal has been widely panned by international relations experts, and now three Israeli security experts have written a scathing editorial for Politico explaining how the plan could "blow up the Middle East."

The editorial -- which was co-written by Ami Ayalon, former director of the Israeli security agency Shin Bet; Gilead Sher, former chief of staff for Prime Minister Ehud Barak; and Israeli tech entrepreneur Orni Petruschka -- argues that Kushner's peace plan is "immoral" and stands a good chance of producing the opposite of its intended outcome.

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Sarah Sanders nowhere to be seen as Steve Mnuchin holds first White House briefing in over 100 days

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Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin delivered a White House news briefing on new sanctions imposed on Iran, but outgoing Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was nowhere to be seen.

Mnuchin took questions from reporters in White House briefing room, which has gone unused for more than 100 days, but Sanders did not take part in the event.

The White House imposed sanctions against Iran and its ruler in retaliation for shooting down a U.S. drone last week.

President Donald Trump implemented the sanctions Monday by executive order, and briefly took questions from reporters in the Oval Office.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez smacks down Steve King: ‘You were too racist even for’ the GOP

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., lashed out at Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, after he suggested she should accept an open invitation from a Holocaust remembrance group to tour the Nazi death camp Auschwitz and other concentration camps during her summer recess from Congress.

"@AOC I went to Auschwitz & Birkenau with Eddie Mausberg & Jonny Daniels with In the Depths," King tweeted Saturday. "I went with a deep understanding of the Shoah and had a profound personal experience. Please accept their offer."

The freshman congresswoman, known for firing back at critics, clapped back at King.

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