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Trump has put himself in a hard place with Iran saber-rattling because he has alienated all our allies: conservative columnist

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Under President Donald Trump, tensions between the United States and Iran are mounting higher, with top officials like Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton itching to pull the trigger on a military engagement.

But as conservative New York Times columnist David Brooks noted on Friday’s edition of PBS “NewsHour,” Trump is unlikely to pull the trigger on war, because he is in a difficult situation on the world stage.

“I’d say the big minus is how he’s treated all our alliances, which makes all those issues harder,” said Brooks. “But his general posture is one of, sometimes, extreme bellicosity, with no convincing idea he’s actually going to do anything about these things. And so I think we’re not very close to a war in Iran. He’s loathe to do that, he’d be crazy to do that.”

Trump has taken a hardline stance on Iran from day one, and last year took the United States out of compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that secured a nuclear deal with Iran. Other countries that America jointly entered into the agreement with are still attempting to enforce it, but Iran has retaliated by moving to restore some of its nuclear technology.

Recent reports have suggested Trump does not want to declare war on Iran, and is increasingly frustrated with officials in his administration who are pushing it as an option.

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‘Everyone ultimately prefers their own race’: Morrissey claims he’s not racist because everybody else is

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Former Smiths singer Morrissey explained in an interview that he couldn't possibly be a racist because everyone else is racist.

Morrissey came out for the anti-Islam political party in England, and has run into problems about his political claims ever since. As noted by Consequence of Sound, "it doesn’t help that he says thing like Halal certifiers support ISIS, of course."

He made the comments as part of an interview with his own nephew Sam Etsy Rayner, for Moz’s website.

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Here is how Republicans are reacting when confronted with the new rape allegation against Trump

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Once again, President Donald Trump has been accused of a sexual assault — one of the most severe charges yet, in fact — and yet the Republican Party continues to make clear that it will not take these allegations seriously.

Journalist E. Jean Carroll detailed her account of Trump raping her in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room more than two decades ago in an article, in her new book, and in TV interviews. New York Magazine reported that it contacted two of her friends who confirmed that she told them about the assault shortly after it happened.

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‘He should be hospitalized’: Internet stunned after Trump goes off on completely incoherent Mt Rushmore rant

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President Donald Trump was asked on Tuesday whether his face should appear on Mount Rushmore along with other major American presidents.

“If I answer that question yes, I will end up with such bad publicity,” Trump told The Hill, before pivoting to an incoherent rant about fireworks.

The president's rambling shocked many people on Twitter:

Apart from Trump’s apparent inability to string together coherent English sentences on the fly, note also the sheer ignorance and apathy toward the idea that there might be legitimate reasons why fireworks are not detonated around the Black Hills. https://t.co/jja2XD19Mw

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