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Bernie fan who made the ‘liberal case for Trump’ in 2016 admits he was wrong

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Walker Bragman, a supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) who wrote an infamous essay for Salon.com called “A Liberal Case for Donald Trump,” is now admitting that he gravely underestimated how bad Trump’s presidency would be.

Bragman, who now works as an independent journalist and has not endorsed a candidate in the 2020 Democratic primary, wrote on Twitter Tuesday that he erred in thinking that the damage done by a Trump presidency would be limited.

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“I underestimated the danger this man posed in 2016 — particularly to immigrant communities,” Bragman acknowledged. “That’s something I carry with me. Trump may indeed turn out to be the 4-year fire that forces this country to course correct, but the human damage in the now is real. He must lose in 2020.”

All the same, Bragman said that he still felt vindicated in the sense that Clinton’s loss showed he was right about how poor of a candidate she was.

“The ‘we warned you’ crowd forgets that many lefties (myself included) were practically screaming warnings that Clinton was a weak candidate, out of step with the political moment, during the primary,” he said. “These mistakes cannot be repeated in 2020.”

Nonetheless, Bragman admits he made a mistake in thinking that “Congress and the courts” could serve as “a check on administrative agencies and presidential policy” from this administration.

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Read the whole thread at this link.

(Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that Bragman had endorsed Bernie Sanders in the 2020 presidential election.)

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‘This is INSANE’: National security experts shocked by Pompeo’s saber-rattling towards Turkey

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National security experts are floored seeing the warmongering coming from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who said Monday that he was prepared to go to war with Turkey.

“We prefer peace to war,” Pompeo told CNBC. “But in the event that kinetic action or military action is needed, you should know that President Trump is fully prepared to undertake that action.”

He didn't want to give specifics, however, saying he wanted to let the president announce things himself.

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The tangled web of Rudy Giuliani’s associations with questionable characters in the Ukraine scandal

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Washington Post political analyst Philip Bump has created a link analysis of the tangled web President Donald Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani finds himself caught in.

According to the report, Giuliani isn't only linked to Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, the two associates indicted and arrested after lunch with them a few weeks ago. Giuliani is linked to a chorus of people now outed for being involved in the Ukraine scandal.

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White House personnel chief delivers a new blow to Trump: Top DHS candidates are not legally qualified

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President Donald Trump's quest to find an acting replacement for departed Department of Homeland Security chief Kirstjen Nielsen was dealt a significant blow on Monday.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the White House personnel office chief Sean Doocey has informed the president that he doesn't believe either of his top two picks are legally qualified to hold the position.

As the Journal notes, "federal statute that governs vacancies states that acting officials in cabinet-level positions must either be next in line for a position or hold a Senate-confirmed position." Neither Ken Cuccinelli, who heads the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, nor Mark Morgan, who leads Customs and Border Protection, meet those standards, Doocey determined.

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