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Bombshell: The secret scheme to get Trump to unleash Saudi nuclear ambitions revealed in new report

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On Monday, Democrats on the House Oversight Committee released a report documenting an informal Trump adviser’s financial interest in proposals to sell nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia.

The report documented how Thomas Barrack, a California-based investor and a confidante of the president, worked to ensure that his company, Colony NorthStar, would profit from such a foreign sale of nuclear technology, and then personally advocated for this policy. He also tried to leverage his influence with Trump into a formal position in the administration, including special envoy to the Middle East and the U.S. ambassador to the United Arab Emirates.

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The proposal pushed to the Trump administration reportedly involved the construction of dozens of nuclear power plants in Saudi Arabia.

Barrack, who was recently interviewed by federal prosecutors, denies that there was any conflict of interest, and Republicans on the Oversight Committee supported this view in a minority report.

Saudi Arabia is consistently under fire for its human rights record, and this criticism has grown amid its brutal war in Yemen. Despite this, Trump has sought a close relationship with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and has strongly supported ongoing sales of conventional arms to the nation.


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Trump’s lies and deception are catching up to all of us as the stock market posts ‘worst point drop ever on record’

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In a muddled, dishonest, rambling news conference from the White House press briefing room, President Donald Trump for over an hour talked to reporters Wednesday evening about coronavirus in an attempt to stave off three days of market near-collapse. He lied. He twisted the truth. He displayed little grasp of basic facts. He didn’t let the experts run the show.

He instilled no confidence Wednesday night. In fact, the DOW futures dropped as Trump began speaking:

Dow Futures dropped when Trump said the market fell 2k points because of the Dem debate pic.twitter.com/cvbviB2l9a

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‘People’s lives will be lost’: Psychiatrist warns ‘sociopath’ Trump is ‘getting worse’ — and failing in coronavirus response

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President Donald Trump's psychological problems are getting worse and could be consequential as America faces a potential COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell on Thursday interviewed Dr. Lance Dodes, a former assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

"As you pointed out, Lawrence, this man is about himself. He really is not about the country, he's not about public health," Dr. Dodes said of Trump.

"Although he has already severely damaged the country by being a psychopath or sociopath -- in many ways, he's damaged democracy -- I think people's lives will be lost now," he warned. "Individual lives will be lost because of the way he's mishandling the coronavirus issue."

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‘Something really rotten’: Here’s the evidence of extensive voter suppression in Georgia’s notorious 2018 election

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As the 2020 presidential campaign cycle grinds on, there’s renewed concern about the 21st century’s newest form of warfare: cyber-sabotage of government systems, including elections and online disinformation intended to incite unrest. But as Suppressed: The Fight to Vote, a documentary from Brave New Films, makes clear, partisan voter suppression tactics with 20th-century roots remain and can thwart multitudes of voters from changing their state’s political leaders.

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