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Bishop who criticized Trump gets blocked from accessing her church — thanks to new White House border wall

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Bishop Mariann Budde, who earlier this week criticized President Donald Trump for using the St. John’s Church as a photo-op location without asking permission, was unable to access her church this week to hold a planned vigil.

Mother Jones reports that Budde had wanted to use the church to hold a vigil in solidarity with protesters on Wednesday, but was prevented from doing so thanks to the new wall being constructed around the perimeter of the White House complex that includes St. John’s Church.

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Budde on Monday called out Trump for having peaceful demonstrators forcibly removed from the church property so that he could have his photo op.

“That they would be clearing with tear gas so they could use one of our churches as a prop, holding a bible — one that declares that God is love and when everything he has said and done is to enflame violence,” she said. “We need moral leadership and he’s done everything to divide us and has just used one of the most sacred symbols of the Judeo-Christian tradition.”

The new White House perimeter fence has grown significantly over the last day, which sources tell local news reporter Melanie Alnwick of Fox 5 DC is expected to engulf all 82 acres of President’s Park, which has been described by the National Parks Service as “the Nation’s front yard.”


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Maddow sounds the alarm on Bill Barr ‘decapitating’ US attorneys in key places that were investigating Donald Trump

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While President Donald Trump's commutation of Roger Stone is garnering most of the Friday night "news dump," MSNBC's Rachel Maddow sounded the alarm about a story that she's concerned is being lost in the shuffle.

According to Maddow, Attorney General Bill Barr has fired three U.S. attorneys that are responsible for prosecuting Trump and his businesses in three specific districts, the Eastern District of New York, the Southern District of New York, and the Washington, D.C. district.

"The president's attorney general has just ousted another federal prosecutor, whose office was handling cases pertaining to the president," she said at the top of her Friday show. "Tonight, it's the Eastern District of New York. Now, if you are the president and you and your campaign, and your inaugural committee, and your donors, and your lawyers, and your campaign staff, and your longtime friends, and associates keep finding themselves accused of felonies or at least targeted or involved in serious criminal investigations. Then, if you are the president, the federal prosecutors you probably most have to worry about are three."

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Ex-Republican unleashes epic rant on the ‘irredeemable’ GOP: ‘It’s become a threat to America’ and an ‘organized conspiracy’

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In an interview with MSNBC on Friday, a former senior campaign adviser to Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), former Republican Steve Schmidt agreed with host Chris Hayes' assessment that "the rot" in the GOP "is total and complete."

"Well, Chris, you used the word irredeemable, that's the correct word. The party is irredeemable," Schmidt explained. "It's become a threat to America's institutions, to small 'L' liberalism. It is an authoritarian-ish party, not so different than the parties that we see in Hungary and Poland. It is no longer fidelist (sic) to the American system or Constitution. Really what it is is an organized conspiracy to maintain power."

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‘Exhibit A for obstruction’: Legal experts say Roger Stone’s commutation is all about Trump protecting himself

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Former Federal Prosecutor Cynthia Alksne told MSNBC that the recent announcement by President Donald Trump to commute Roger Stone's sentence is possibly an example of obstruction of justice.

Host Steve Kornacki asked if the commutation would erase the crime from Stone's record or if that would require a pardon.

"Well, the question is, does he really care?" Alksne asked. "I mean, Roger Stone takes such great pride in being a dirty trickster. I'm not sure he cares about his conviction, the truth of the matter is, as long as he doesn't have to go to jail. He can continue to appeal and make those attempts, but this isn't a get out of jail free card. Lots of people are arguing, well, maybe we need to use this as part of an obstruction of prosecution against the president and this is exhibit A, especially given his statements today, that the reason why he thinks the president is going to do it is because, basically, he had goods on the president and he kept silent. So perhaps down the road, there is a prosecution, an obstruction prosecution by a different White House and Justice Department, but it seems unlikely to me, but that's obviously possible."

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