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White House spokesman accuses Pelosi of having ‘multiple’ meltdowns: ‘She has completely lost control’

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White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley asserted on Thursday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has “completely lost control” of the impeachment process.

During an appearance on Fox News, Gidley was asked about a Wednesday White House meeting that ended abruptly because Trump had a “meltdown,” according to Pelosi. Trump later accused the Speaker of having her own “meltdown.”

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“I have seen Nancy Pelosi act this way multiple times in multiple meetings,” Gidley told Fox News host Bill Hemmer. “She takes the opportunity to come to the White House to have a simple conversation but serious ones.”

“She takes that opportunity to stand up, actually dictate — or try to — to the president of the United States,” he continued, “to push her agenda, to hijack the meeting, to simply insult the president of the United States.”

Gidley said that Pelosi “stood up, yelled at the president and then stormed out.” He also claimed that the Speaker was “extremely disrespectful to our staff, calling them incompetent.”

“It’s very disgraceful behavior for a Speaker of the House,” he added before accusing Pelosi having a singular focus on impeachment.

“All she wants to do is try and attack this president,” Gidley remarked. “The president has done nothing wrong but they continue to move forward with impeachment because she has completely lost control of her caucus.”

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A historian explains why Robert E. Lee wasn’t a hero — he was a traitor

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There’s a fabled moment from the Battle of Fredericksburg, a gruesome Civil War battle that extinguished several thousand lives, when the commander of a rebel army looked down upon the carnage and said, “It is well that war is so terrible, or we should grow too fond of it.” That commander, of course, was Robert Lee.

The moment is the stuff of legend. It captures Lee’s humility (he won the battle), compassion, and thoughtfulness. It casts Lee as a reluctant leader who had no choice but to serve his people, and who might have had second thoughts about doing so given the conflict’s tremendous amount of violence and bloodshed. The quote, however, is misleading. Lee was no hero. He was neither noble nor wise. Lee was a traitor who killed United States soldiers, fought for human enslavement, vastly increased the bloodshed of the Civil War, and made embarrassing tactical mistakes.

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Adam Schiff moves to implicate Pence in the Ukraine scandal as Republicans go off the rails

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In the panoply of contradictory and incoherent defenses of Donald Trump, a favorite of Republicans has been to harp on the claim that witnesses to Trump's extortion scheme against Ukraine were all "second-hand" or "third-hand." This has always been confounding, as the official summary readout of the famous phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky shows Trump clearly conditioning military aid and U.S. support on Zelensky giving a public boost to Trump's conspiracy theories about former Vice President Joe Biden and other Democratic leaders. The witnesses so far have simply affirmed what the written record demonstrates amply.

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Warren criticized for conciliatory remarks on post-coup Bolivia

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Top-tier 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren is under fire from progressives and Indigenous activists for her comments Monday about the recent coup in Bolivia—remarks her critics called too conciliatory to the right-wing un-elected government that seized power after President Evo Morales was forced to resign and flee the country.

"The Bolivian people deserve free and fair elections, as soon as possible," Warren tweeted Monday afternoon. "Bolivia's interim leadership must limit itself to preparing for an early, legitimate election. Bolivia's security forces must protect demonstrators, not commit violence against them."

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