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US suffered stock market ‘freefall’ after Trump’s trade war with China backfired: MSNBC

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President Donald Trump’s trade war with China is hurting Americans economically and the Republican Party politically, MSNBC’s Yasmin Vossoughian reported Monday.

“Breaking news, everybody. Trump’s tough talk against China backfiring,” Vossoughian said.

“China striking back today by raising tariffs on $60 billion of American goods,” she noted.

“And here is the result, the markets free-falling on Trump trade fears,” she explained. “The Dow tumbling more than 600 points today.”

“Trump’s own economic adviser forced to admit Trump is wrong when he says Americans won’t be paying for a trade war, she added.

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The issue is not hurting America economically but hurting Republicans politically.

The host played a clip of Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) “roasted” on Saturday Night Live for backing Trump’s trade war.

“Let’s try Lindsey Graham. After opposing tariffs for decades, why do you suddenly support them from President Trump?” SNL’s version of Chuck Todd said.

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“Chuck, listen, when you have a president who’s a financial genius and a business Jesus like Donald Trump, you just got to trust him. This man has lost 100 times more money than I’ve ever made,” SNL’s Graham replied.

“You’ve done a complete 180 on the president even after calling him a jack*ss during the campaign,” SNL’s Todd noted.

“Chuck, listen, I’m a man of convictions and principles — unless he can help me,” SNL’s Graham replied.

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‘Game of Thrones’ cast defend final season at Comic-Con

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The "Game of Thrones" cast leapt to the defense of its much-maligned final season in front of a boisterous crowd at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday, blaming the backlash on negative media coverage.

The HBO fantasy epic's conclusion enraged fans around the world, and organizers of the pop culture convention reminded attendees before the retrospective panel to make the cast "feel welcome."

While the cast drew a rapturous reception, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau -- who played Jaime Lannister -- was booed after describing his character's death in the arms of his sister and lover Cersei as "perfect."

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Trump’s base is a ‘cult’ that may never be deprogrammed: report

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On Saturday, The Daily Beast's Kelly Weill posted an analysis of President Donald Trump's base, and what their recent behavior, which "experts say resembles a cult or totalitarianism," says about the country's political health.

"Trump has long stoked bigoted grievances among his followers, but the Greenville rally saw him act as a more overt radicalizer than ever before," wrote Weill. "And with a portion of Trump’s fanbase now openly clamoring for the physical removal of several prominent Democrats of color, experts are questioning whether the country can repair the damage — even if Trump loses in 2020."

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Germany remembers heroes in Hitler assassination bid

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Germany paid tribute Saturday to Claus von Stauffenberg and others who sought to assassinate Adolf Hitler 75 years ago, a plot that was recognised only belatedly but which a resurgent far-right is now seeking to expropriate.

In the attempt on July 20, 1944, Stauffenberg and other high-ranking conspirators within the Nazi regime sought to kill Hitler at his Wolf's Lair headquarters.

The plot was to seize control of the regime and make peace with Western allies to end World War II. But Hitler survived the bombing and Stauffenberg and other key figures in Operation Valkyrie were executed the same night.

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