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Ex-Trump official bashes White House ‘apologists’ who haven’t quit yet: ‘There’s not much hope for them’

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A report on the silence coming from first daughter Ivanka Trump and her White House advisor husband Jared Kushner after Donald Trump attacked American Jews turned to the future of White House aides who are either complicit in the president’s policies or stand idly by as he lurches from controversy to controversy.

In an interview with CNN’s Brianna Keilar, former Trump adviser J.W. Verret pointed out there are still some “adults in the room” with Trump, but CNN’s Kaitlan Collins first pointed out that — as of late — Ivanka and Kushner are not among them.

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“This fits a pattern that we’ve seen from Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump at times during times when the administration tried to repeal parts of Obamacare, and of course, the big one the president has made about Jewish people who are supporting Democrats,” Collins explained. “Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump are both Orthodox Jews. They’ve been involved with the president on many things. but neither of them have said anything publicly about the president’s comments. and when we asked the white house have they been advising the president privately on this, the White House did not get back to us.”

Asked about White House officials a who are privately saying the president is becoming increasingly unhinged, Verret said they are not covering themselves in glory by not going public and that they will pay a price after the president is out of office.

“I still have some respect for adults in the room, people who went into this because the guy [Trump] is president for four years, there is no getting around that,” he explained. “Congress is not going to move on impeachment obviously at this point.”

“They’re trying to do the right thing and implement good policy and keep things from going off the rails. but the public apologists for the worst of Trump’s impulses …I think there is not much hope for them.”

“I think the world is going to remember the decisions they make now,” he added.

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Tulsi Gabbard files $50 million lawsuit against Hillary Clinton — alleging ‘significant actual damages, personally and professionally’

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Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who is seeking the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, has been highly critical of 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton — and vice-versa. And on Wednesday, Business Insider is reporting, Gabbard filed a $50 million lawsuit against Clinton.

In an interview for David Plouffe’s podcast “Campaign HQ” in October, Clinton asserted that “someone” in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary is a “Russian asset” and a “favorite of the Russians.” And Gabbard, in her lawsuit, asserts that Clinton has defamed her and caused her “significant actual damages, personally and professionally.”

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‘So we don’t have to fight Russia over here’: Adam Schiff delivers powerful statement to senators in Trump impeachment trial

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House Intelligence Chair and Lead impeachment manager Adam Schiff delivered powerful remarks to the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, summing up why what President Donald Trump did – extorting Ukraine – was so damaging to both Ukraine and the U.S.

Schiff reminded the Senators who will decide the fate of the nation’s chief executive that 15,000 Ukrainians have already died fighting Russia. That was after Vladimir Putin illegally annexed Crimea.

And he reminded the Senators that President Trump withheld nearly $400 million in congressionally-approved military aid to Ukraine, despite the nation’s fight against Russia.

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How right-wing groups use old laws and imperfect data to purge voters from statewide rolls

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Wisconsin has become early 2020’s Exhibit A for political fights surrounding the updating of statewide voter lists, where escalating court battles over conflicting law, procedures and underlying data could lead to removing thousands of legal but infrequent voters.

The fray’s epicenter is a series of rulings by a county judge against Wisconsin’s bipartisan but deadlocked state election board, which has refused to immediately delete 209,000 voter registrations in a swing state with 3.3 million voters. The conflict may preview legal battles coming to other states. California, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Colorado and Virginia have all received letters from Judicial Watch, a right-wing group, threatening to file suits like the complaint from the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL) against the Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC).

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