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European diplomats snub Mike Pompeo — and turn his attempted ‘photo op’ into a failure: report

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a surprise visit in Brussels to meet with European diplomats on Monday — but they reportedly made a point of snubbing him.

The Washington Post reports that Pompeo made an unplanned trip to Brussels to meet with European diplomats who have been trying to salvage the Iran nuclear deal that the Trump administration unilaterally withdrew from last year.

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Europeans’ fears of a war breaking out between the United States and Iran have escalated in recent weeks. As the Post reports, British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt even said recently that he fears the two countries are both responsible for increasing tensions that could blow up into a full-blow conflict.

“We are very worried about the risk of a conflict happening by accident, with an escalation that is unintended really on either side,” Hunt said. “Most of all, we need to make sure we don’t end up putting Iran back on the path to renuclearization.”

One European diplomat tells the Wall Street Journal’s Laurence Norman that other European officials pointedly snubbed Pompeo as much as possible.

“He wanted a photo op,” the official said. “We declined and stuck to the plan.”

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WATCH: John Oliver exposes Trump’s lies about vote-by-mail — and the Fox News ‘cult’ claiming the election is already ‘rigged’

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"Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver's main story Sunday refuted President Donald Trump's latest crusade against vote-by-mail. Trump announced on Twitter that the more people who vote in an election, the more Republicans tend to lose. So, he wants fewer people to have access to the ballot in November, even if people are too scared to go out during the coronavirus crisis.

Oliver called out Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R-MO), who outright told people not to vote if they were too afraid to vote in the local elections next week.

"Well, hold on there," Oliver interjected. "Voting is a right. It has to be easy to understand and accessible to anyone."

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John Oliver rips Fox News’ Tucker Carlson for urging ‘order’ from people of color — but never demanding it of police

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John Oliver opened his Sunday show, shredding Fox News host Tucker Carlson for uring "order" among protesters, but refusing to urge "order" to police and "wannabe police" who can't stop killing people.

It's a lot, Oliver explained. "How these protests are a response to a legacy of police misconduct, both in Minneapolis and the nation at large and how that misconduct is, itself, built on a legacy of white supremacy that prioritizes the comfort of white Americans over the safety of people of color."

While some of it is complicated, Oliver conceded, most of it is "all too clear."

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Cars set on fire blocks from White House as DC protests turn violent

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The Washington, D.C. protests turned violent as the city approached the 11 p.m. curfew the mayor instituted Sunday afternoon.

The policy of D.C. police is that when they are attacked, they advance forward. So, when fireworks were fired, the line of officers began pushing the protesters back further from the White House. Behind the line of police officers also stand a line of National Guard troops that President Donald Trump has demanded stand watch in the city.

Lights that normally shine on the White House have also been turned off, reporters revealed.

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