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‘Vladimir Putin has had a good year, and it just keeps getting better’ thanks to Trump: WSJ editor

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The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that Vladimir Putin has had an impressive 2019 as his U.S. protégé carries the water for the Russian leader, particularly on Ukraine.

“Even Mr. Putin must be amazed at how well he is achieving his goal of sowing discord within the U.S. political system,” wrote The Journal. “First, his agents interfered in the 2016 election. Now they can sit back and watch as their efforts to deflect blame away from Moscow and toward Ukraine are bearing fruit, in the form of a bitter American debate that is driving pro-Trump and anti-Trump forces further apart.”

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Fiona Hill, former official at the U.S. National Security Council specializing in Russian and European affairs, testified that Trump and the GOP are doing nothing but promoting Russian GRU talking points.

“The impact of the successful 2016 Russian campaign remains evident today. Our nation is being torn apart. Truth is questioned. Our highly professional and expert career foreign service is being undermined,” she testified to the House Intelligence Committee.

Trump’s withdrawal in Syria has opened a huge door for Russia’s defense working with Bashar al-Assad.

Putin even went so far as to brag about his impact in a press conference last week.

“Thank God no one is accusing us of interfering in the U.S. elections anymore; now they’re accusing Ukraine,” he chuckled.

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Meanwhile, in Britain, Borris Johnson announced another election as Parliament struggled to come to an agreement on Brexit.

“Regardless of whether Russia actually influenced the Brexit vote, the reality, three years later, is that Britain appears to be on the road toward exiting the EU in the messiest, most damaging way possible. What’s bad for European economic and political unity is good for Russia, so Mr. Putin can put the continuing Brexit mess as a big entry on the positive side of his 2019 ledger,” The Journal said.

To make matters worse, Putin’s dream of undermining NATO hasn’t yet come to fruition, but the group is descending into arguments about the future of the organization.

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“From Mr. Putin’s point of view, discord within the main Western military alliance is good news of the first order,” The Journal wrote.

Read the full report from The Wall Street Journal.

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‘Comparing yourself to terrorists?’ Internet cracks up at Trump saying dead 9-11 hijackers got more justice than him

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President Donald Trump quoted Fox News host Mark Levin that left many scratching their heads. Levin, who has a show on Sunday evenings, claimed that the terrorists from Sept. 11 got more due process than the president.

The claim was a curious one because, as many on Twitter noted, it's not often that the president of the United States compares himself to a terrorist. Secondly, the 9-11 hijackers all died in the attack, as they were on the planes that crashed into the buildings and into a Pennsylvania field.

Trump is known to quote Levin frequently, though the citations often make the president look worse.

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MLK was ‘gravely disappointed’ with white moderates — whom he believed were responsible for impeding civil rights

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"We also realize that the problems of racial injustice and economic injustice cannot be solved without a radical redistribution of political and economic power."

—Martin Luther King Jr., 1967

This Martin Luther King Jr. Day comes as moderate Democrats, falling in line behind former vice president Joe Biden, are warning that the party risks re-electing Donald Trump if it nominates too radical a candidate for president — by which they mean someone like Senators Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren.

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Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe catches Alan Dershowitz in humiliating hypocrisy: ‘He’s not to be trusted’

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Harvard Constitutional law professor Laurence Tribe called out President Donald Trump's lawyer, Alan Dershowitz, Sunday on Twitter, noting that his opinions seem to evolve depending on who he's defending.

Dershowitz is on a kind of press junket for the president, defending him in various media appearances. The former lawyer to Jeffrey Epstein is handling Trump's defense as it pertains to the abuse of power. Dershowitz thinks that charge has no basis in law. In fact, impeachment trials aren't actually legal proceedings, they're political proceedings, because the Justice Department claimed that Trump can't be indicted under the law while he's president.

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