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Trump pulls controversial intel chief nomination — and whines he’s been treated ‘very unfairly’

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President Donald Trump on Friday announced that he is no longer nominating Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) to be his Director of National Intelligence — and then bitterly complained about his “unfair” treatment.

“Our great Republican Congressman John Ratcliffe is being treated very unfairly by the LameStream Media,” the president wrote on Twitter. “Rather than going through months of slander and libel, I explained to John how miserable it would be for him and his family to deal with these people. John has therefore decided to stay in Congress where he has done such an outstanding job representing the people of Texas, and our Country. I will be announcing my nomination for DNI shortly.”

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Trump’s decision to pull the Ratcliffe nomination is surprising, as the president nominated him just five days ago.

All the same, Ratcliffe’s nomination was beset by controversy the minute it was announced, as Democrats accused the president of naming an inexperienced loyalist who could not be trusted to handle America’s most closely guarded secrets.

Making matters worse, Ratcliffe was also busted for lying about his qualifications to serve as DNI. NBC News reported earlier this week that it could not find any evidence that Ratcliffe had ever successfully prosecuted any terrorists despite claiming to have “put terrorists in prison.”

Days later, the Washington Post found that Ratcliffe similarly lied about having once arrested “300 illegal immigrants in a single day.”

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Former FBI agent explains why Trump just opened himself to more legal problems

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Former FBI agent Asha Rangappa explained that the recent revelations that President Donald Trump made a promise to a foreign leader that made an intelligence official uncomfortable enough to declare themselves a whistleblower.

Rangapp explained that the President has a fairly wide latitude to conduct foreign affairs as he sees fit. But "when it comes to the 'outside world,' the President represents the sovereign: He is basically the voice of the United States and can negotiate with world leaders on its behalf."

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New York cop who became El Chapo’s security guard arrested for selling cocaine and taking bribes

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A New York cop is being prosecuted after he was outed for selling cocaine and taking bribes after he went to work for drug kingpin El Chapo.

The New York Daily News reported Wednesday that Officer Ishmael Bailey had his bail set at $50,000 after he was arrested and arraigned in Queens Criminal Court. He was charged with possession and sale of narcotics, conspiracy, bribe receiving as a public servant and failing to perform duties as a public servant.

Lawyer Jeff Cohen argued that Bailey had two children and had to pay child support. The lawyer explained that Bailey “does understand the severity of his charges.”

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A veteran teacher explains why Trump is incapable of learning

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While dyslexia has been mentioned now and then as one of the reasons Donald Trump is so ignorant of what it takes to govern in a free society, I want to explore it as foundational to his inability to learn and grow while in office—and also as a way to link disparate troubling elements in his makeup.

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