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Spineless Trump got ‘rolled’ by Turkish president — according to national security official who heard the call

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Over the weekend, President Donald Trump said he’d support a Turkish military excursion into northern Syria. The move frightened military leaders and lawmakers who warned it would harm America’s Kurdish allies in the region.

Reporter Eliot Higgins spoke with a National Security Council official about Trump’s decision, which was made after a phone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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The unnamed official said that Trump had gotten “rolled” by his Turkish counterpart.

“President Trump was definitely out-negotiated and only endorsed the troop withdraw to make it look like we are getting something—but we are not getting something,” the National Security Council source said. “The U.S. national security has entered a state of increased danger for decades to come because the president has no spine and that’s the bottom line.”


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‘Trump 2020’ emblazoned hay bales burned to the ground by vandals

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Hay bales in the town of Ferndale, Washington, that were covered with a tarp featuring the slogan "TRUMP 2020" were burned to the ground by vandals this Sunday, Q13Fox reports.

Police say deputies arrived on the scene to find the bales on fire, which amounted to around $500 in damage. According to Sheriff Bill Elfo, political vandalism is on the rise in the area.

“Over the past year, the Sheriff’s Office has investigated several reports of damage and theft of a political campaign sign,” Elfo said. “In this instance, the crime resulted in the destruction of private property that had the propensity to spread and jeopardize nearby structures and their occupants. This incident also resulted in the use of Fire District, Sheriff’s Office and Ferndale Police assets that were unavailable for the duration of the response to respond to other emergencies."

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The ‘pro-life swing voter’ some moderate Democrats chase is a myth

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A thing that I do not understand is why journalists assume that Democratic presidential candidates absolutely must respond to pro-life activists, or deal with The Abortion Problem. I sometimes think it's because they teach you in journalism school that every four years Swing Voters sprout from the earth like cicadas demanding propitiation. And if the Swing Voters are not sufficiently placated, all manner of hell will break loose, like Swing Voters clinging to God & guns or refusing to speak to responsible centrist journalists in Midwestern diners so the poor scribblers can't expense their rice pudding. Things happen!

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Michael Bloomberg falls flat as his fellow Democratic candidates pull out the knives at his debate debut

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It is said that one needs a pretty big ego to run for president, what with all the pomp on the one hand and all the politicking needed on the other.

Still, it has been bracing even to other politicians, even to all the Democratic presidential candidates, even to Donald Trump, to see the chutzpah of Mayor Mike Bloomberg to spend a reported $420 million to date for his late entry into the presidential sweepstakes to present a buffered and polished version of his own self to the field – to say nothing of earning himself seemingly substantial polling success.

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