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Trump blames Obama after his obstruction of Russia probe threatens to bring down his attorney general

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President Donald Trump returned to a familiar strategy — flinging blame at Barack Obama — as the Russia investigation threatens to bring down his attorney general.

The president blamed Obama for failing to stop Russia from interfering in the 2016 election, which Trump has repeatedly denied took place, after reports showed special counsel Robert Mueller complained in a letter that Attorney General William Barr had mischaracterized his findings.

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In fact, Obama asked congressional leadership to issue a bipartisan response to the Kremlin’s election interference weeks ahead of the vote, but was rebuffed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — who threatened to turn the issue into a political weapon.

Mueller’s report did not show evidence to charge Trump or his campaign associates with conspiracy with Russia, but it examined at least 10 instances of possible obstruction of justice by the president.

Barr has faced calls to resign after reports showed he misled Congress about Mueller’s apparent frustration with his conclusions about the investigation, which he set down in writing in late March.

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‘People’s lives will be lost’: Psychiatrist warns ‘sociopath’ Trump is ‘getting worse’ — and failing in coronavirus response

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President Donald Trump's psychological problems are getting worse and could be consequential as America faces a potential COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell on Thursday interviewed Dr. Lance Dodes, a former assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

"As you pointed out, Lawrence, this man is about himself. He really is not about the country, he's not about public health," Dr. Dodes said of Trump.

"Although he has already severely damaged the country by being a psychopath or sociopath -- in many ways, he's damaged democracy -- I think people's lives will be lost now," he warned. "Individual lives will be lost because of the way he's mishandling the coronavirus issue."

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‘Something really rotten’: Here’s the evidence of extensive voter suppression in Georgia’s notorious 2018 election

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As the 2020 presidential campaign cycle grinds on, there’s renewed concern about the 21st century’s newest form of warfare: cyber-sabotage of government systems, including elections and online disinformation intended to incite unrest. But as Suppressed: The Fight to Vote, a documentary from Brave New Films, makes clear, partisan voter suppression tactics with 20th-century roots remain and can thwart multitudes of voters from changing their state’s political leaders.

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The real story behind Trump’s new lawsuit against the New York Times

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Wednesday was an ominous day for freedom of the press in this country, and I want to tell you why.

You may have heard or seen that President Trump filed a libel suit against the New York Times. Perhaps you weren’t surprised: the president is known to frequently disparage the Times even as he reads it obsessively. Borrowing a page from what I’ve referred to before as a Mount Rushmore of totalitarians, Robespierre, Hitler, Stalin and Mao, Trump loves to call the press the “enemy of the people.”

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