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Oregon GOP’s latest tantrum offers a ‘snapshot’ of growing anti-government extremism by Republican lawmakers

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All of Oregon’s Republican state senators walked out of the Capitol last week and fled to Idaho to end debate on a climate change bill, but that’s just the latest extreme measure they’ve taken as the GOP loses power there.

Minority parties have walked out before in several states to deny a quorum — Oregon Republicans did the same thing in May, to kill vaccine legislation — but the difference this time is the threat of violence, reported The Daily Beast.

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State Sen. Brian Boquist threatened to shoot state troopers ordered by Democratic Gov. Kate Brown to bring the absent senators back to Salem, and armed right-wing militia groups have offered their support to the GOP lawmakers.

Oregon is sharply divided along political and geographical lines, between its western urban centers and more rural areas in the eastern half of the state.

“Oregon is an interesting snapshot of the U.S. as a whole — that divide,” said author John Temple, whose new book covers the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation in 2016.

Democrats have won supermajorities on the strength of those more densely populated cities and suburbs, and the state GOP’s continuing loss of power has driven the party to the political fringe.

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“They view it as a very dictatorship-type government,” said a spokesman for the Oregon Three Percenters, who declined to give his name.

Racial divisions persist from Oregon’s origins as a white-only state — as outlined in its original constitution — and the mostly white areas where Republicans still hold power resent liberal enclaves in Portland and other urban centers.

“Portland is seen as this den of iniquity,” said Eric Ward, executive director of the left-leaning Western States Center nonprofit.

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Oregon Republicans have rejected the militia groups’ offer to help in the latest standoff, but a local GOP group in Multnomah County passed a resolution in 2017 approving the Oregon Three Percenters and the Oathkeepers as official security details at their events.

It’s not clear whether that arrangement remains in effect.


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Michael Moore predicts Mick Mulvaney will get into Heaven after confessing Trump’s quid pro quo

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Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore predicted acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney will ascend to Heaven in the afterlife during a Friday interview on MSNBC's "The Beat" with Ari Melber.

The host played a clip of Mulvaney admitting Trump's quid pro quo while seeking foreign election assistance from Ukraine.

"This man obviously is going to be admitted into Heaven," Moore said. "You know, he told the truth."

"If there was a movie version of this, somebody stuck him with a needle just before he walked out onto the stage there, a truth serum needle, and he just went on and on saying, 'Yeah, that’s what we do. Yeah, of course.' Essentially admitting there is a quid pro quo. In fact, there are many quid pro quos."

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Trump campaign has 12-person ‘War Room’ toiling to fight the impeachment inquiry: report

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While the White House has bragged about refusing to start a "war room" to deal with the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump's administration, his campaign is footing the bill for a 12-person operation, the LA Times reported Friday.

“Some of you have criticized us for not having a war room — OK? — which we don’t by the way,” acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney told reporters.

“You don’t have a war room when you haven’t done anything wrong," he added.

By that logic, Trump's 2020 re-election campaign may fear the president did something wrong.

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‘I don’t think he knows what he’s doing’: Ex-Trump advisor rips the ‘cascading crisis’ of his ‘strategic disaster’

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President Donald Trump received harsh criticism from a former top Middle East advisor for the ethnic cleansing campaign Turkey is waging against the Kurds in Syria.

MSNBC's Chuck Todd interviewed Brett McGurk, the former special presidential envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL.

"The truth of the matter is when President Trump announced to the world last December that we were leaving Syria and he arbitrarily cut our force reportedly in half, which is already a small force, we lost all of our leverage and influence," McGurk argued. "And he really threw it out the window on this call on October 6th."

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