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Even Republicans don’t buy the idea Trump wasn’t briefed on Russian bounties: reporter

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On CNN Monday, Yahoo News reporter Michael Isikoff said that even Republicans in Congress don’t think the White House’s explanation on the intelligence for Russian bounties against U.S. troops makes any sense.

“The White House statement does not deny that the intelligence assessment exists,” said anchor Jim Sciutto. “They’ve just leant on the idea that the president was not briefed on that. Now why wouldn’t he, if there was … credible information that U.S. forces were responding to about a threat to U.S. servicemembers deployed abroad? Why wouldn’t the commander in chief be briefed on that?”

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“Well, that is an excellent question, and it’s one you’re hearing more and more from Republicans on Capitol Hill,” said Isikoff. “Look at Liz Cheney’s statement yesterday, why wasn’t the president briefed on this, and in some ways, if in fact the White House assertions are true and he wasn’t, that may be more damning than anything else, because it raises the question of why wouldn’t he be, given the seriousness of this matter.”

“It’s pretty hard to escape the conclusion that there’s a long pattern of Trump resisting briefings and information about Russian misbehavior, because it immediately cues him into the ‘Russia hoax’ he believes plagued his presidency from the outset and tainted his election,” continued Isikoff. “That’s the prism through which he views everything about Putin and Russia, and so it may well be here that top national security officials withheld the information from the president because they feared how he might react or not react.”

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GOP lawmaker hammered on CNN for ‘idiotic’ claim the economy is too healthy for a new stimulus

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On CNN Saturday, financial columnist Michelle Singletary ripped Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) for claiming that the economy may be too good right now for another round of stimulus.

"I want to read to you what Senator Bill Cassidy, Republican of Louisiana, said regarding the potential stimulus," said co-anchor Christi Paul. "He said if it turns out the economy is recovering, that's a good thing and direct stimulus checks may not be necessary. Do you get the sense that the economy is recovering? And that these check wills not be needed?"

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Trump’s Mt Rushmore speech trashed on CNN for being nonsense straight out of the ‘Hannity universe’

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On CNN Saturday, reporter Brian Stelter tore into President Donald Trump's Mount Rushmore speech.

"The president had a chance to deliver one of these unifying messages, especially ahead of Independence Day, but instead he chose to go on the attack," said anchor Christi Paul. "Do you think that was the right strategy and why?"

"It sounded like a Stephen Miller speech," said Stelter. "And that is something that appeals to the parts of the president's base that he really focuses on. This is wartime conservativism [sic], this belief that conservatives are at war trying to protect the country from change."

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‘Gaslighting on a massive scale’: Doctor warns Trump is lying us into a COVID disaster

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On CNN Friday, Dr. Celine Grounder tore into President Donald Trump's ongoing falsehoods about the coronavirus pandemic.

"No matter how many times public health officials, especially like Anthony Fauci, speak the truth, what does it do, Doctor, when the president continues to lie to the public in face of a public health crisis?" asked anchor Kate Bolduan.

"This is gaslighting on an enormous scale, and means until people eventually get sick or their family members get sick, the communities hit hard, they won't believe it, and then it will be too late," said Grounder. "The problem is there's a lag period from the time that somebody's infected and starts to develop symptoms a couple days later. We don't see people get severely sick and need to be hospitalized and in ICUs until a week into disease, and talking about probably one to two weeks of lag time from the time somebody's exposed at least before you start to see hospitalizations and then another couple weeks before you start to see deaths."

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