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Trump fears that spying on other countries will damage his relationships with Putin and Kim: CNN

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President Donald Trump has privately expressed a distaste for using covert agents to spy on other countries because he believes it undermines his ability to form strong relationships with other leaders, CNN reports.

The CNN report, which is based on interviews with “multiple senior officials who served under Trump,” claims that the president “has privately said that foreign spies can damage relations with their host countries and undermine his personal relationships with their leaders.”

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The president also thinks that foreign agents used by American intelligence services are “selling out” their own countries and he “believes we shouldn’t be doing that to each other,” one source tells CNN.

Trump in the past has railed against intelligence agencies and once even said he was opposed to the CIA recruiting North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s half-brother to work as an asset.

“I saw the information about the CIA with respect to his… half-brother and I would tell him that would not happen under my auspice, that’s for sure,” the president said this past June. “I wouldn’t let that happen under my auspices.”


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Is corporate media creating a misleading impression of voter sentiment? 91 percent of Nevada Dem voters said ‘no’

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We caution readers to be very careful in interpreting the Democratic primary election results so far for reasons cited below. We think the way our major news organizations are reporting the primary results can easily create a misleading impression of voter sentiment.

The analysis below should give you pause whether you think Sanders is, and should be, a shoo-in to beat Trump or you fear that a Sanders nomination will ensure a second Trump term and a romp by Republican Congressional candidates.

We ask ardent supporters and foes of Sanders, or any other candidate, to avoid a hot or presumptive reaction to what follows, a concern based on many responses to some of my caucus night tweets and Facebook posts in recent weeks.

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Donald Trump Jr rants ‘stupid’ CNN has done more damage to elections than the Russians

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President Donald Trump's eldest son complained that CNN was attempting to undermine democracy by reporting on Russian election interference.

The network, like other U.S. media outlets, has reported on efforts by the Kremlin to influence the 2020 election, just as U.S. intelligence agencies and law enforcement agree Russia did during the 2016 election.

Donald Trump Jr. -- who infamously accepted an invitation during his father's first campaign to hear dirt on Hillary Clinton from a Russian lawyer -- accused CNN of manipulating the election by reporting those Russian efforts.

"CNN is so stupid they don’t even understand the irony of how they’ve done more damage than any 'Russian operation' could ever have dreamed," Trump Jr tweeted, in response to a conservative blogger. "The media has done one hell of a job these past 4 years in attempting to deligitmize [sic] our election process."

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Trump has ‘never been more dangerous’ because he knows no one will stop his lawlessness: columnist

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President Donald Trump's poll numbers have risen since his acquittal by the United States Senate, and New York Magazine columnist Eric Levitz argues that this means he's "never been more dangerous."

In his column, Levitz points to reports that Trump is conducting a systematic purge of government officials whom he believes are "disloyal" to him as evidence that he has only been emboldened by getting let off the hook for both potential criminal obstruction of justice in special counsel Robert Mueller's probe, and for his attempt to extort the Ukrainian government for dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden.

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