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‘Hypocritical’ Republicans busted for disappearing now that Trump has exploded the deficit

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In a “Reality Check” segment on CNN on Thursday morning, contributor John Avlon called out GOP fiscal hawks who have suddenly disappeared from the public square now that a Republican president has exploded the national debt.

Introduced by host John Berman, who asked, “This morning new numbers from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) confirm it: The national debt and deficit are much worse than thought. So where is the party of fiscal responsibility in times like these?” Avlon broke it down.

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“While President Trump was busy proclaiming himself ‘the chosen one,’ you might have missed more bad news in the form of data,” Avlon smirked. “Brand new CBO numbers shows the budget deficit is skyrocketing, projected to rise 25 percent over last year and heading to over $1 trillion next year. Tax revenues are $430 billion below where they were expected to be before the Trump tax cuts while spending in is in drunken sailor territory adding $1.7 trillion in the next decade.”

“Put it another way, deficits have risen from a decade low of 2.4 percent over Obama to a projected average 4.7 percent of GDP over the next decade,” he continued before adding, “Remember, all this is happening during the nation’s longest economic expansion when deficits should be shrinking.”

Pointing to comments made by Trump attacking President Obama on deficits when he was running for president, Avlon focused in on Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) who was also a critic.

“Hypocrisy is palpable, but for some senators it’s absurd,” he explained. “From example, Georgia’s David Perdue who resorted to magical thinking when he voted to increase spending after voting for the tax cuts. He penned an op-ed that a vote against the budget was a vote to increase spending while he told an editorial board that it was more than paid for by the tax cut — that’s just not true.”

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“Of course the bill to increase spending did, in fact, increase spending,” he charged. “Senator Perdue is a symptom of a larger problem; the abandonment of fiscal responsibility by Republicans while railing against the fiscal of Democrats. It bears repeating the last two presidents to shrink the deficits were Democrats: Clinton and Obama.

“All of us talk about concern for the deficit and budget has been bogus for as long as it’s been around,” he continued. “While President Trump was tweeting out a claim he was like the king of Israel, clearly the only crown he can claim is the one he can lay on himself some time ago, the King of Debt.”

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WATCH: Boris Johnson booed off the stage in Luxembourg while trying to talk about Brexit

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was scheduled to hold a press conference in Luxembourg after talks with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel.

But according to Business Insider, Johnson was forced to scrap the press conference when he was greeted with a giant mass of booing protestors. Some of the demonstrators played Ludwig van Beethoven's "Ode to Joy," — a symbol of the European Union — and others shouted "We are the smiling piccaninnies of Luxembourg," referencing Johnson's racist remarks about black Africans.

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Justin Amash rips Trump for taking ‘orders’ from Saudi Arabia

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Rep. Justin Amash (I-MI) blasted President Donald Trump for taking "orders" from Saudi Arabia as he threatened a military strike against Iran.

The Republican-turned-independent lawmaker called on Congress to determine what response was necessary to an alleged attack on oil production facilities in the Saudi Arabia, after the president warned the U.S. military was "locked and loaded" and awaiting further instruction from the kingdom.

"Under our Constitution, the power to commence war lies with Congress, not the president and certainly not Saudi Arabia," Amash tweeted. "We don’t take orders from foreign powers."

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REVEALED: Russia carried out ‘stunning’ operation that hurt FBI’s ability to track its spies during 2016 election

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Yahoo News is reporting that Russia carried out what is being described as a "stunning" operation in the United States that hampered the FBI's ability to track Russian spies during the 2016 presidential election.

According to Yahoo, Russia in 2016 made a technological breakthrough that allowed it to compromise the FBI's encrypted radio systems used by mobile surveillance teams who keep tabs on suspected Russian spies operating in the U.S. Russia even managed to compromise these teams' backup systems that consisted of cellphones with push-to-talk capabilities, thus further hindering the surveillance teams' ability to do their jobs.

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