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‘They can’t even get their stories straight’: Reporter mocks Republican excuses for Trump’s ignorance on Russia bounty

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The New York Times confirmed Tuesday that money from a Russian military account did send large financial transfers into Taliban-linked bank accounts. Speaking to MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace about it, reporter Adam Goldman explained that the more information that becomes known, the more convoluted the excuses and explanations are from Republicans.

Goldman’s reporting revealed that President Donald Trump was informed about Russian bounty on American soldiers as part of his Presidential Daily Briefing (PDB) on February 27. Trump has called the Times “fake news” and said that intelligence told him that the story wasn’t “credible.”

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“In normal circumstances, the president would have read the PDB so the fact of the matter that they put it in the PDB, they thought it was worth the president’s attention,” said Goldman. “We know the president doesn’t read the PDB. He gets an oral briefing from his intelligence briefer two or three times a week. You know, Ambassador [John] Bolton says he doesn’t even take them seriously. So, the information was there for him to absorb.”

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He went on to explain that Republicans can’t even come up with what excuse they want to use for why Trump isn’t responsible for the lives of the soldiers killed.

“This idea that the president shouldn’t have been told about it is silly and the Republicans can’t seem to get their stories straight,” Goldman said. “Yesterday they accuse us of jeopardizing an ongoing investigation and today they’re saying, ‘Oh, it’s not credible.’ The president saying, ‘It’s a hoax.’ They can’t even get on the same page. Mike McCall from Texas yesterday said there was strong evidence supporting this and there was strong evidence the other way. So, at some point, if it was worth being in a PDB, you’d think somebody would have told the president about this.”

He went on to say that those on the ground investigating the scandal are far more credible than Republicans are making them out to be.

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“As part of this investigation, it looks like special commandos in Afghanistan did a number of raids and arrested this Afghan businessman who might have had ties to this particular operation or conspiracy, whatever you want to call it. And as part of this, they uncovered about $500,000 in a house that was owned by a member of the Taliban,” explained Goldman. “For the people working this, it was an investigation and they had to unspool what they were finding, right? And then they started looking back after they collected evidence and started to piece this thing together. The tactical intelligence or the tactical reporting on the ground to the people who were working this was very, very credible. And my understanding is there were few doubts on the ground that this was not real or not credible.”

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Nevada GOP ridiculed for ‘illiteracy’ after sending out garbled Independence Day message

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The Nevada Republican Party was ridiculed on Saturday for the Independence Day message the organization sent out.

Veteran Nevada political reporter Jon Ralston, the editor of The Nevada Independent, tweeted out a screenshot of the email sent by Michael McDonald, the chairman of the state GOP.

Ralston described the email as a "microcosm of NV GOP's incompetence (and illiteracy)" and mocked the party by saying "English is a difficult language to master."

Here is Ralston's thread on the Fourth of July message:

Microcosm of NV GOP's incompetence (and illiteracy) in Chairman @McDonaldNV's Independence Day message, which begins (I kid you not.):

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Trump has gone from ‘merely losing’ to ‘flailing’ in one month as he faces a November election wipeout: report

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On Saturday, Politico reported that President Donald Trump's campaign is in freefall — and that, despite there still being hypothetical ways former Vice President Joe Biden could snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, the president and his party are in dire straits.

"As recently as one month ago, Donald Trump was merely losing," reported David Siders. "Now he is flailing, trudging into the Independence Day weekend at the nadir of his presidency, trailing by double digits in recent polls and in danger of dragging the Republican Senate down with him."

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Trump’s presidency has accelerated the predicted collapse of the Republican Party: columnist

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Citing the work of a University of a Washington political scientist, the Washington Post's Dana Milbank said Donald Trump and his racist rhetoric has accelerated the decline of the Republican party in a country that is seeing major demographic changes and because white voters are increasingly turned off by it.

As Milbank wrote, four years ago Christopher Parker, who is Black, predicted a Trump candidacy would "do more to advance racial understanding than the election of Barack Obama.”

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