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GOP lawmakers no longer trying to restrain Trump: ‘No one is standing up to him — and they fear him now’

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In a Washington Post report on Donald Trump’s continuing insistence that he has all the answers to what ails America, a presidential historian lamented that Republicans have all but given up trying to rein in the president’s excesses because they have grown to fear him even more.

Noting Trump’s “go-it-alone” approach to trade policy, involving tariffs, and immigration — with the president threatening to go around Congress and fund his border wall with taxpayer dollars allocated elsewhere — the Post asserted that the president is doing what he thinks will appease his base with an eye on 2020.

“The risky moves mark Trump’s attempt to deliver on two of his core campaign promises in the face of a Democratic House and muted GOP opposition in the Senate, as he seeks to cast himself as a defiant chief executive willing to act alone, no matter the global repercussions,” the report states, adding: “His actions echo the ‘I alone can fix it’ promise he made during his 2016 campaign, a vow that shocked many lawmakers at the time because of its imperial overtones.”

Presidential historian Barbara Perry, of the University of Virginia’s Miller Center of Public Affairs, said those GOP lawmakers are now rolling over for Trump because he refused s to be deterred.

“He just carries forward with what he wants to do, the Constitution be damned, the institutional guardrails be damned, professional guardrails be damned and the leaders of his own party be damned,” lamented Perry. “No one is standing up to him, and they fear him now.”

According to the report, “Trump’s new, unbound phase” is due to Republicans who surround him inside the White House and in Congress throwing up their hands in hopelessness.

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At the White House level, aides and appointees who attempted to reason with him are long gone and those who have survived are the ones who encourage his worst impulses or blindly follow along.

“Trump is now surrounded by top advisers and GOP leaders who applaud and embolden his instincts,” the report notes. “Numerous key agencies — including the Pentagon, the Office of Management and Budget, the Department of Homeland Security and the Small Business Administration — are run by acting leaders who have not been confirmed for the posts by the Senate.”

The Post did note that Trump has had a few failures as of late — citing the collapse of his attempt to appoint Herman Cain and Stephen Moore to the Fed — both of whose nominations withered under harsh scrutiny.

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QAnon authors in a fight over doing an audiobook — because they think their followers can’t read

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On Monday, The Daily Beast reported that the authors of a popular book for believers in the QAnon conspiracy theory are in a bitter fight over whether or not to release an audiobook version.

QAnon: An Invitation to The Great Awakening came out last year and peaked near the top of the Amazon bestseller list in March. One of the book's co-authors, Dustin Nemos, is publicly attacking another co-author, who goes by the name of "JoeM," for his "petty and hostile and paranoid" refusal to help produce an audiobook, and notes that it is necessary because a disproportionate number of QAnon believers are elderly, have bad eyesight, and may not be able to read the book as text. JoeM, for his part, has accused Nemos of being a "grifter" who is trying to make a buck off of true believers.

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Missouri governor appoints judge who fundraised for crisis pregnancy center to help decide Planned Parenthood’s license

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On Monday, the Associated Press reported that Gov. Mike Parson (R-MO) has appointed former Macon County Associate Circuit Judge Philip Prewitt to the Administrative Hearing Commission, a state agency that oversees disputes between the state and organizations seeking licensure.

Prewitt, a former Republican candidate for office, once fundraised on Facebook for Ray of Hope Pregnancy Care Ministeries, a "crisis pregnancy center" that masquerades as a health care facility in order to trick women seeking abortions into listening to anti-abortion propaganda. In 2015, the Missouri Supreme Court reprimanded Prewitt for the post encouraging people to donate, saying that it violated judicial ethics rules.

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Trump being a ‘compulsive liar and erratic ignoramus’ is why he failed on Iran: Conservative columnist

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President Donald Trump's highly-criticized decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal has resulted as was warned, with the country reviving its nuclear program, a conservative columnist explained in The Washington Post on Monday.

Conservative Max Boot took a victory lap in the hard-hitting column, reminding that he had signed a March 2016 letter by 121 Republican foreign policy analysts warning about Trump's approach.

"I wish we had been wrong, but we were all too right," Boot wrote.

"Trump has shown no ability to grow in office; but then it’s hard to learn if you all you read is Fox News chyrons. He is today the same compulsive liar and erratic ignoramus he was at the start of the 2016 campaign," Boot said. "Only now, the stakes are much higher."

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