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Trump angry at Bolton for trying to push him ‘into a war’ as Venezuelan coup attempt fails: report

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Bolton's Moscow visit was planned before Trump's announcement that the US was ditching the INF treaty. (AFP/File / Mandel NGAN)

President Donald Trump is growing increasingly frustrated at his national security adviser John Bolton over a failed coup to oust Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro.

The president has joked in recent days that Bolton wants to push him “into a war,” according to a senior administration official, who added that Trump is genuinely dissatisfied with the national security adviser’s views on intervening in foreign affairs, reported the Washington Post.

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Trump has complained over the past week that Bolton and other aides underestimated Maduro, who he called a “tough cookie,” according to three senior administration officials.

The president was frustrated that Bolton led him to believe Maduro could be overthrown last week, when U.S.-backed opposition leader Juan Guaidó led mass street protests that turned deadly.

Maduro instead rejected an offer to leave the country, and two key government officials backed out of a plan to defect, and the Venezuelan leader mocked Trump and the “foolish” coup attempt backed by the U.S.

Venezuelan security forces on Wednesday arrested Edgar Zambrano, the vice president of the opposition-controlled congress.


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Inside the spread of conspiracies and disinformation by women on social media

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“The QAnon stuff infiltrated Instagram and seeped into the suburban consciousness of American women to a certain extent, and they bought into it,” according to experts.

Originally published by The 19th

Since the internet’s advent, conspiracy theories have acquired followings online. Now, in the era of social media, people use platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to spread disinformation and misinformation. Instagram, the Facebook-owned image platform where influencers tout luxury, beauty and consumer culture, has also become an online home for conspiracies. And lately, one has been particularly prolific: QAnon.

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More than one dozen Trump officials violated Hatch Act in month before the election

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Although President Donald Trump has tried to undermine the United States' system of checks and balances, watchdogs in Washington, D.C. have been keeping a close eye on him — and according to the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, 16 members of the Trump Administration committed violations of the Hatch Act in order to promote his reelection campaign in October.

In an article published on CREW's website on Monday, November 2 — the day before the 2020 presidential election — CREW reporters Donald K. Sherman and Linnaea Honl-Stuenkel explain, "during the month of October, at least 16 Trump Administration officials have violated the Hatch Act a total of more than 60 times, in an unprecedented and escalating assault on the rule of law and the democratic process. President Trump has allowed — and encouraged — senior officials to use their government roles to take actions benefiting his reelection effort in its final weeks and days as Americans are casting their ballots."

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GOP congressman gets #StopTheStupid trending big-time against Donald Trump — but there’s a catch

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The hashtag #stopthestupid was trending last night on Twitter thanks to -- of all people -- a conservative Republican congressman from Michigan named Paul Mitchell. But before anyone gets too excited that Republicans are discovering integrity, there’s an asterisk: Mitchell is retiring in January.

Here’s what the exasperated congressman tweeted Sunday night in response to Trump’s lunatic ranting about the election outcome:

https://twitter.com/RepPaulMitchell/status/1333214085341712388?s=20

Sunday night, there were more than 21,000 tweets featuring #stopthestupid, many of them wondering aloud why more Republicans cannot show the spine and integrity displayed by Mitchell. Most presumably don’t realize, however, that he’s leaving Congress after just two terms in office.

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