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History professor walks through the dire consequences if Trump privatizes the Postal Service

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On CNN Friday, history professor Phil Rubio explained the devastating impact of a potential elimination or privatization of the United States Postal Service, which is in critical need of federal relief but facing sharp opposition from President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans.

“So, just for viewers at home, why does it matter if it gets privatized?” asked anchor Jake Tapper. “What’s the worst thing that happens if the U.S. Postal Service goes away and people use UPS, FedEx, et cetera? Why does it matter?”

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“Well, everybody uses UPS, FedEx, and the Postal Service at some point,” said Rubio. “What we have to remember is that FedEx and UPS only deliver to a fraction of what the U.S. Postal Service delivers. The Postal Service is universal, it goes to all 160 million homes and businesses, including the last-mile delivery, so your UPS package probably has a USPS sticker on it as well.”

“When you think about what privatization means, it means profit-driven, as opposed to the one institution that we have that’s an essential infrastructure, networking institution that provides — has provided for American innovation and development over the years,” continued Rubio. “So every day, tens of millions of prescription drugs, invoices for small businesses, large businesses alike, bills, households pay bills still by mail, business letters, personal letters, go through the mail, parcels.”

“This is especially a bad time,” added Rubio. “By the end of September, the Postal Service could run out of cash if it’s not given relief.”

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Trump accused by ex-Defense Secretary of putting US on ‘the trail toward a dictatorship’

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During an appearance on CNN on Friday morning, former Defense Secretary William Cohen - who also served in the U.S. Senate as a Republican -- denounced Donald Trump in no uncertain terms, saying his use of military personnel against anti-police brutality protesters is a sign he has set the country on the path to a dictatorship.

To emphasize his point, he later called Trump the "dictator-in-chief."

Speaking with host Jim Sciutto, Cohen didn't mince words after the CNN host noted that the president and his former attorney called the protesters "terrorists."

"What does it mean for you to hear a sitting president dismissing a whole range of protesters, who in fact were largely peaceful around the White House, dismissing a whole range of them as terrorists? What does that mean to you?" the CNN host asked.

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Richmond mayor schools white lawmaker complaining removal of Confederate statue strips her of her history

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Appearing on CNN's "New Day" on Friday morning, the mayor of Richmond, Virginia set a white state lawmaker straight over her comments that the imminent removal of a statue commemorating Confederate General Robert E. Lee was erasing her history.

Speaking with host John Berman, Mayor Levar Stoney expressed pleasure at the upcoming removal of the massive statue, saying it was a long overdue -- before the interview turned to comments made by State Senator Amanda Chase (R) made in a Facebook post.

Noting that the white lawmaker complained, "Let's be honest here, there is an overt effort here to erase all-white history," Stoney had a few words for the lawmaker.

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Trump ‘crossed the line’ with the military this week — leading retired officers to revolt: former general

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Appearing on CNN's New Day with host John Berman, retired Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute explained that Donald Trump finally went a bridge too far this week with retired military officials when his administration deployed military police to turn on peaceful protesters in a Washington D.C. park.

Speaking with the host, Lute -- who also served as U.S. ambassador to NATO -- said tension between the president and military officials has gradually increased over the past three and a half years, but that the past week's incidents led to a "tipping point."

After host Berman read off a list of high profile ex-military officials who have either criticized Trump or defended their former colleagues from attacks from the president, Lute was asked what had changed.

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