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Trump and everyone around him are trying to prove they can do worse with Russia in 2020

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President Donald Trump’s insistence on siding with Russian President Vladimir Putin is creating a doomsday scenario for the 2020 presidential campaign.

On MSNBC’s “Deadline: White House” with Nicolle Wallace, the panel discussed the ethics of government officials refusing to brief Trump on delicate aspects of their efforts to contain provocations from Russia.

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“In a normal White House these comments and questions would be right questions,” analyst John Heilemann said. “But clearly what’s going on is that much of the national security establishment looks at Trump said he’s not fully on board with the objectives that we’re pursuing by trying to keep Russia at bay.”

“No, what I see is a huge problem with the president of the United States whose loyalties are in question among his own national security advisers, which is I think the real problem,” he added.

But we’re talking around the truth that Donald Trump’s conduct was so suspicious that acting director of the FBI Andy McCabe opened a full-fledged investigation to answer the question, ‘Is he a Russian agent?'” Wallace noted.

“Not only is this conversation out of a time capsule, we’re also not addressing the central question, it and while Robert Mueller didn’t prove a criminal conspiracy with Russia, the truth is Donald Trump and everyone around him is leaning into — you know, you want to see collusion, people, 2016 was nothing — here’s what we got coming in 2020,” she added.

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High school wrestling coach posted photo that mocked George Floyd’s death — but insists ‘I’m not a racist’

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A high school wrestling coach in the town of Spanaway, Washington drew criticism this week after he wrote a Facebook post that mocked the death of George Floyd and defended the police officers involved in the tragedy.

Local news station KOMO reports that wrestling coach Dave Hollenbeck this week posted a photo of himself smiling and giving a thumbs-up signal while another person put their knee on the back of his neck -- a clear reference to the video showing a police officer with his knee on George Floyd's neck shortly before he died.

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Central Park incident just one more example of white women using their status to terrorize black men: NYT’s Charles Blow

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Amy Cooper is just the latest example of white women using their privilege and femininity to terrorize black men, according to a new column from Charles Blow.

The New York Times columnist explains that a video recording of an incident involving Cooper, an investment manager, and Christian Cooper, a science editor, has a long and shameful historical precedent.

"This racial street theater against black people is an endemic, primal feature of the Republic," Blow write. "Specifically, I am enraged by white women weaponizing racial anxiety, using their white femininity to activate systems of white terror against black men. This has long been a power white women realized they had and that they exerted."

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New Zealand epidemiologist: ‘We look at Trump’s behavior and we’re horrified’

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To learn how New Zealand has largely eliminated COVID-19, we continue our extended interview with Michael Baker, an epidemiologist who is a member of the New Zealand Ministry of Health’s Technical Advisory Group and advising the government on its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He describes how the country’s response compares to the government actions in the United States and worldwide.

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.

AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The Quarantine Report. I’m Amy Goodman, with Juan González, as we bring you Part 2 of our discussion of New Zealand.

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