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Even Lindsey Graham realizes Trump is shooting himself in the foot with his latest tantrum over Democrats’ investigations

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He once called Donald Trump a “kook,” “crazy,” and “unfit” for the presidency. Now, South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham has become one of the president’s staunchest defenders, often treating criticisms of Trump as absurd.

That’s why it’s significant that even Graham indicated Wednesday that he thinks Trump’s newly displayed belligerence, demonstrated in his torpedoing a meeting on infrastructure with Democratic leaders on Wednesday because the House of Representatives is investigating him, is a bad move.

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Graham sugarcoated his message to the president, arguing weakly that he understands “how the president feels” and that the investigations should have ended after the Mueller report (even though the report itself clearly suggests that Congress is the only body empowered to act on his damning findings).

But he was also clear that Trump is miscalculating by going all in on self-pity.

“I have a lot of sympathy for President Trump. I’ve never seen anybody treated this way,” he said in a Twitter thread, ignoring the endless investigations of Hillary Clinton and the impeachment (!) of her husband, which Graham himself voted for. “All I would say is try to rise above it if you can. The country is looking for leadership. We need leadership.”

He continued:

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It was framed as advice, but given Graham’s willingness to bow to the political winds, blatantly lie and abandon principles to support Trump, there was a clear urgency to the message. You’re losing the messaging, battle, Graham is essentially saying. Back down.

And it’s clear that, from a public relations perspective, Graham is clearly right. While some of Trump’s base will buy into his playing the victim, “Democrats are mean so I can’t work with them” is clearly not a winning message. Trump is overplaying his hand, and he’ll end up shooting himself in the foot.


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US ‘lies’ slammed after Mike Pompeo blames Iran for drone attacks without proof

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Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi forcefully rejected Sunday unsubstantiated charges by by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and US Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) regarding the recent drone attacks that caused serious damage to two crucial Saudi Arabian oil installations.

“It has been around 5 years that the Saudi-led coalition has kept the flames of war alive in the region by repeatedly launching aggression against Yemen and committing different types of war crimes, and the Yemenis have also shown that they are standing up to war and aggression,” Seyyed Abbas Mousavi said in a statement.

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Why are college students so stressed out? It’s not because they’re ‘snowflakes’

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Across the country, college classes are well underway, the excitement of the start of the year is waning and student stress is on the rise. Frantic calls home and panicked visits to student health services will start to dramatically increase. And before long, parents and observers will start wondering what is wrong with these kids. Why can’t they handle the pressures of college and just pull it together?

College student stress is nothing new. Anxieties over homesickness, social pressures, challenging course loads and more have been a common feature of the U.S. college experience for decades. But, without question, student stress levels and psychological distress are measurably worse than before. According to a national study published earlier this year in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, major depression among young adults (18-25) rose 63 percent between 2009 and 2017. They also report that the rate of young adults with suicidal thoughts or other suicide-related outcomes increased 47 percent from 2008 to 2017.

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Kaiser healthcare workers plan for nation’s largest strike since 1997

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More than 80,000 Kaiser Permanente emergency medical technicians, nurses, respiratory therapists and other staffers are threatening to walk out of work next month, in what could be the nation's largest strike since 1997.

The authorization to strike, approved by 98% of the union members who voted, does not mean a walk out will happen, but it does allow union leaders to call one as early as Oct. 1, giving them leverage ahead of negotiations with the California-based health care giant. Kaiser Permanente, comprised of 39 hospitals and nearly 700 medical officers, serves more than 12 million members in seven states across the country.

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