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NYTimes’ Paul Krugman explains why it was predictable for Republicans to sell out their party for Trump

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New York Times columnist Paul Krugman explained on Twitter Sunday that the GOP easily destroyed their values and party for President Donald Trump is a natural extension of who Republicans have been for decades.

“People shocked by GOP embrace of [Russian President Vladmir] Putin’s conspiracy theories should bear in mind that Republicans long ago decided to claim that global warming is a hoax perpetrated by a vast international scientific cabal,” Krugman tweeted. “This is who they’ve been for a long time.”

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The tweet was in response to CNBC’s John Harwood, who tweeted Sunday about Sen. John Kennedy’s (R-LA) appearance on “Meet the Press” in which he parroted Russian talking points about Ukraine.

“Sen John Kennedy, Republican of Louisiana, is actively participating in the propaganda campaign fabricated by Russia to weaken the United States,” tweeted Harwood.

The GOP was once the party of President Ronald Reagan’s “Mr. Gorbachev tear down this wall,” but has quickly pivoted to defending Russia at all costs.

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Trump has used Russian talking points since the early days of his presidency. He not only defended Putin on the 2016 election hack, but he consistently sides with Russia over his own U.S. intelligence agencies. Just two months ago, Trump gave Russia the edge in Syria when he abruptly pulled out of the country and away from working with the Kurdish allies.


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German mass shooter called for killing people of color — and says Trump stole his ideas

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A man who killed nine people in a mass shooting in Germany published a racist manifesto in which he identified as an "incel" and called for killing all non-whites in the country.

Insider reports that 43-year-old Tobias Rathjen, whom police say went on a shooting rampage in the town of Hanhau on Wednesday night, published a 24-page manifesto on his personal website that outlined his racist beliefs.

"The man calls for the peoples of a large number of North African, Asian, and Middle Eastern countries to be 'completely destroyed' on the basis that they are biologically inferior," Insider reports.

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Susan Rice confronts John Bolton face to face over impeachment failure: ‘I can’t imagine withholding my testimony’

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Susan Rice confronted John Bolton face to face over his failure to testify in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial.

Rice, who served as former President Barack Obama's national security adviser, shared a stage Wednesday with Trump's former national security adviser at Vanderbilt University, and she confronted Bolton over keeping quiet about his concerns over Ukraine, reported The Guardian.

“I can’t imagine withholding my testimony with or without a subpoena,” Rice said. “I would feel like I was shamefully violating the oath that I took to defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic.”

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Did Trump try to bribe Julian Assange with a pardon? Well, he won’t be impeached over it

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Surprising no one, we learned this week that Donald Trump apparently offered WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange a pardon in exchange for aiding in Trump's cover-up of the Russian military's hacking and theft of emails from the Democratic National Committee in 2016.

According to a bombshell report in The Daily Beast, Assange's lawyer, Edward Fitzgerald, made this assertion in a London courtroom, an action rarely taken unless there's some sort of evidence to prove it. Former Rep. Dana Rohrabacher — a California Republican with close ties to Russia — was Trump's designated errand boy in the plot, which took place in 2017.

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