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Trump enlists Mike Pence in scheme to punish Justin Amash for impeachment talk: report

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President Donald Trump is moving against Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI), who broke ranks with other Republicans to accuse him of impeachable conduct.

The president has discussed backing a primary challenger with Vice President Mike Pence and Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), who co-founded the conservative House Freedom Caucus with Amash, and Trump also discussed that possibility with Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, reported Politico.

McDaniel, a former Michigan GOP leader who is prohibited under party rules from supporting primary candidates, declined to comment on her conversations with Trump but said it was “sad to see Congressman Amash parroting the Democrats’ talking points on Russia.”

The billionaire DeVos family, which has close ties to Trump and holds political power in Michigan, has cut off financial support to Amash, and there is growing speculation they might back primary challengers such as state Rep. Jim Lower, who has recently announced his candidacy.

The 30-year-old Lower has aligned himself with Trump, and a poll this week shows him already leading Amash by 16 points.

“If they were to get involved early I think it would help make sure that it was just me versus Amash in the August primary — and if that’s the case we’re definitely going to win,” Lower said.

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Amash and his team haven’t announced his 2020 plans, but the 39-year-old conservative announced his departure Monday from the Freedom Caucus, saying he didn’t want to be a distraction, and some of Trump’s inner circle doubt he may run for re-election.

Trump has called the congressman a “loser” and suggested his call for impeachment was a pretext for a run for some other office, and there has been speculation Amash could run for president as a Libertarian or possibly even mount a GOP primary challenge.

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WATCH: Here’s the secret to dissecting Trump’s chaotic distractions

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In an extended examination on MSNBC, host Ari Melber took a hard look at how President Donald Trump creates almost daily distractions for the media and the public to keep the focus off his multiple scandals and to make it look like he is doing something -- when all he is doing is creating controversy for controversy's sake.

Put simply, Melber explained, the president's tweets out some plan he has no intention of implementing, hypes it up for days -- then drops it like it never happened.

Using Trump's aborted attack on Iran as a jumping off point, Melber -- and his panel -- explained that Trump's style of governing is based on "head fakes" and "bluffs."

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Chuck Todd’s terrible interview with fabricator-in-chief Trump snapped the tether: From here on out there’s no truth

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Nothing will ever be the same again. Donald Trump’s unwavering disregard for reality and his acts of violence against the truth are rapidly metastasizing into the marrow of the national debate. I'm not sure we have enough heroes in this country to successfully extricate Trumpism and toss it into the biohazard waste bin of history, along other embarrassments in America's mixed record.

The very fabric of right and wrong in America is disintegrating as one of our two major parties, with some crucial help from Russia, has convinced four out of every 10 voters that verifiable truth is nothing more than a fake news plot against them and their beloved Fifth Avenue Clampetts. As a result, half of the political debate, from the local level on up, is built exclusively on wrongness — on total nonsense, invented by Trump himself along with his propaganda cable network.

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Trump considering withdrawal from 68-year-old treaty with Japan: report

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President Donald Trump has been privately talking about withdrawing from the postwar defense treaty with Japan, according to three sources familiar with the matter.

Trump is telling confidants the treaty is unfair to the U.S. because it promises to help if Japan was ever attacked, but doesn't require Japan to come to America's defense, the sources told Bloomberg.

So far, the president hasn't taken any step toward pulling out of the treaty, which was signed in 1951, and administration officials insist that move would be highly unlikely.

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