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Trump privately admitted that he’s thrilled Bill Barr is ‘loyal’ to him: report

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President Donald Trump was pleased with Attorney General Bill Barr’s combative and deceptive performance before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, the Associated Press reported.

This isn’t much of a surprise, of course — Trump is known to be obsessed with TV coverage of his administration, and he loves seeing his defenders go after his opponents. Barr’s testimony featured a lot of that. But another part of the AP’s report was even more revealing about the president:

He has told those around him that, after being disappointed by former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, he has found an attorney general loyal to him.

It’s a stunning admission for Trump to make, even behind closed doors, because it’s exactly what Democrats are accusing Barr of: loyalty to the president, rather than the American people and the Constitution.

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“This is our attorney general,” said Sen Kamala Harris (D-CA) Wednesday night on CNN. “This is not the attorney general of the president. It is the people’s attorney general. And the attorney general has the responsibility to do the work of justice. And that means to be unbiased, to be straightforward, to be honest, to be truthful, and we’ve not seen evidence of that kind of perspective from this attorney general, at least on this issue.”

Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) said noted too during her allotted time Wednesday that Barr was behaving more like Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani or Kellyanne Conway than the head of the Justice Department. Apparently, Trump agrees.

It’s also notable that Trump seems to have used the same word — loyalty — that he asked for from former FBI Director James Comey, who Trump would later fire over his frustrations with the Russia investigation, according to contemporary memos kept by Comey.

Though Mueller concluded that Comey’s account was credible, Trump has denied asking for Comey’s loyalty.

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“I’m not going to say, “I want you to pledge allegiance,'” Trump said. “Who would do that? Who would ask a man to pledge allegiance under oath? I mean think of it. I hardly know the man.”


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Millions around the world joined #ClimateStrike — demanding bold climate action

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Masses of children skipped school Friday to join a global strike against climate change that teen activist Greta Thunberg said was "only the beginning" in the fight against environmental disaster.

Some four million people filled city streets around the world, organizers said, in what was billed as the biggest ever protest against the threat posed to the planet by rising temperatures.

Youngsters and adults alike chanted slogans and waved placards in demonstrations that started in Asia and the Pacific, spread across Africa, Europe and Latin America, before culminating in the United States where Thunberg rallied.

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Trump announces new sanctions on Iran — and deploys US troops to the Middle East

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The United States announced Friday that it was sending military reinforcements to the Gulf region following attacks on Saudi oil facilities that it attributes to Iran, just hours after President Donald Trump ordered new sanctions on Tehran.

Trump said the sanctions were the toughest-ever against another country, but indicated he did not plan a military strike, calling restraint a sign of strength.

The Treasury Department renewed action against Iran's central bank after US officials said Tehran carried out weekend attacks on rival Saudi Arabia's oil infrastructure, which triggered a spike in global crude prices.

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‘Do a lot of stupid sh*t as quickly as possible’: Ambassador Power breaks down ’The Trump Doctrine’

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The former ambassador to the United Nations explained "The Trump Doctrine" during a Friday evening interview with comedian Bill Maher on HBO's "Real Time."

Samantha Power, the author of the new book, The Education of an Idealist, was asked by Maher about the foreign policy mantra of the Obama administration.

"Obama's foreign policy doctrine was famously summarized as 'don't do stupid sh*t," Maher noted. "Trump's, of course, is 'Do stupid sh*t.'"

"Do stupid sh*t as quickly as possible," Power clarified.

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