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Trump adviser Stephen Miller avoiding press and outsiders as president ramps up racist rhetoric: report

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According to a report from the Daily Beast, senior advisor for policy to Donald Trump, Stephen Miller is becoming more reclusive at the White House at the same time that the president is ramping up his hateful rhetoric against immigrants — a topic on which the controversial Miller has the president’s ear.

With the Beast noting, “Over the years, the 33-year-old senior policy adviser to the president has become virtually synonymous with the draconian immigration measures of the administration. He was a driving force behind the president’s brutal family-separation policy, one of the architects of Trump’s ‘Muslim travel ban,’ constantly agitates against legal immigration levels and refugees, and serves as the top White House speechwriter,” the report states that Miller is rarely seen or heard from lately.

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According to a source within the White House, Miller is careful who he talks to or what he says on the phone out of fear he is being recorded and his comments will be leaked.

“Two other knowledgeable sources say that over the past two years, he’s cut off regular contact with most of his allies outside of the Trump administration and in advocacy groups because he wants to keep his circle of potential leakers as small as he can,” the report continues adding that he now shuns going on TV to explain the president’s immigration policies.

Sources also stated that Miller’s caution is not based upon worries about his own reputation, adding that he couldn’t care less about such matters including being called a “Nazi” despite the fact that he is Jewish.

“Sometimes he laughs it off, usually he just doesn’t give a shit,” explained a senior Trump official.

According to Cliff Sims, Trump’s former director of White House message strategy, ” “The handful of times he’s been public-facing have been as over-the-top as possible in his defense of Trump and advocacy for his policies. But ultimately he prefers to just keep his head down and work behind the scenes. That’s when he’s most effective.”

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Miller’s strategy of keeping a low profile and not upstaging his boss seems to be working the Beast reports, with the adviser outlasting multiple Trump appointees by whispering the president’s ear and working to oust them, including Kirstjen Nielsen, “the former homeland security secretary, who for a year and a half was engaged in a bitter cold war of paranoia and backstabbing with Miller,” the reports states.

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Russia went looking for puppets in America — and they found Trump and the Republicans

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The Russians wasted decades infiltrating the left attempting to gain purchase in American political life. There was the Communist Party USA, of course. Established in 1919, the CPUSA grew through the 1930s and boasted a membership of about 100,000 at the beginning of World War II. A hundred thousand! Whoop-de-doo!

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Then there were the spinoff lefty parties like the Socialist Workers Party, the Progressive Labor Party, the Workers World Party, the Socialist Labor Party, the Progressive Labor Party — we could go on listing one splinter group after another with “socialist” or “labor” or “workers” in its title. They were tiny groups with memberships that were sometimes less than 100, and they would all deny being infiltrated by the Russkies, naturally. So would the “New Left” groups that came later, like SDS and The Weathermen. Nobody wanted to admit they were under Russian influence. Everything they were doing, from opposing the war in Vietnam to civil rights to fighting for free speech, was being done for completely pure reasons.

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William Barr made it clear this week that he’d sign off on a sham investigation into the Dems’ 2020 nominee

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Welcome to another edition of What Fresh Hell?, Raw Story’s roundup of news items that might have become controversies under another regime, but got buried – or were at least under-appreciated – due to the daily firehose of political pratfalls, unhinged tweet storms and other sundry embarrassments coming out of the current White House.

A perfect storm propelled New York's sleaziest real estate developer to an Electoral College victory in 2016 despite winning three million fewer votes than his opponent, but Nate Silver made a compelling argument that the letter James Comey sent to Congress just 11 days before Election Day announcing that the FBI was re-opening its probe into Hillary Clinton's emails was decisive.

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Bill Barr is serving notice to DOJ officials that he’ll ruin them if they investigate Trump: MSNBC host

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An MSNBC discussion about Bill Barr running interference within the Justice Department for Donald Trump ended with "AM Joy" host Joy Reid suggesting that the attorney general's very public "media blitz" over the so-called "Horowitz Report" is a warning shot to anyone in the DOJ who thinks about investigating the president.

As Reid explained it, "He did a whole TV blitz to basically say that his own agency, the FBI, was spying on the Trump campaign, something that the inspector general said did not happen."

Reid took that to its logical conclusion.

"Now he’s saying, ‘Well, I’ve got a different report that’s going to find the motivations’ that he’s basically saying are bad motivations by people in the FBI.  And if you’re that FBI agent and then you hear that Donald Trump may be again looking for foreign help and maybe again getting help from Russia or forcing help from Ukraine, what do you do?" she asked. "Would you then not be concerned that, should you go ahead and investigate foreign interference in our election, that William Barr may come after you?"

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