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Nikki Haley Has Resigned

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U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has resigned, according to a just-published scoop by Axios.

“Haley discussed her resignation with Trump last week when she visited him at the White House, these sources said. Her news shocked a number of senior foreign policy officials in the Trump administration,” Axios’ Jonathan Swan reports.

While Axios does not state her reasons for leaving, there have been rumors Haley wants to run against Trump for the 2020 Republican presidential nomination.

UPDATE: 10:23 AM ET –
Trump tweets “big announcement with my friend Ambassador Nikki Haley.”

NBC News confirms, says Haley has told her staff she is resigning.

UPDATE II: 10:40 AM ET –
NBC News reports Haley will be leaving at the end of the year, and Trump has told reporters she is welcome to return at any time.

This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. This story will be updated, and NCRM will likely publish follow-up stories on this news. Stay tuned and refresh for updates.

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‘End Systemic Racism’: Bush 43 Delivers Rare, Silent Rebuke to Trump – Calls for Law Enforcement to ‘Protect’ Protestors

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Republican former President George W. Bush has been almost entirely silent during the tenures of both his successors, but on Tuesday the 43rd President of the United States issued a stunningly strong statement in support of the hundreds of thousands if not millions of Americans protesting the police killing of George Floyd.

It is a remarkable moment, given that former presidents almost never criticize those who follow them, especially when they are members of the same party.

And while never mentioning the current President’s name, Bush’s intentions are quite clear – and his words are quite clearly a silent rebuke to President Trump.

President Bush said he and the First Lady “are anguished by the brutal suffocation of George Floyd and disturbed by the injustice and fear that suffocate our country.”

He called this a “time for America to examine our tragic failures – and as we do, we will also see some of our redeeming strengths,” and wrote that it “remains a shocking failure that many African Americans, especially young African American men, are harassed and threatened in their own country.”

“It is a strength when protesters, protected by responsible law enforcement, march for a better future. This tragedy — in a long series of similar tragedies — raises a long overdue question: How do we end systemic racism in our society?”

Read the Bush’s full statement, via CNN:

“Laura and I are anguished by the brutal suffocation of George Floyd and disturbed by the injustice and fear that suffocate our country. Yet we have resisted the urge to speak out, because this is not the time for us to lecture. It is time for us to listen. It is time for America to examine our tragic failures – and as we do, we will also see some of our redeeming strengths.
It remains a shocking failure that many African Americans, especially young African American men, are harassed and threatened in their own country. It is a strength when protesters, protected by responsible law enforcement, march for a better future. This tragedy — in a long series of similar tragedies — raises a long overdue question: How do we end systemic racism in our society? The only way to see ourselves in a true light is to listen to the voices of so many who are hurting and grieving. Those who set out to silence those voices do not understand the meaning of America — or how it becomes a better place.
America’s greatest challenge has long been to unite people of very different backgrounds into a single nation of justice and opportunity. The doctrine and habits of racial superiority, which once nearly split our country, still threaten our Union. The answers to American problems are found by living up to American ideals — to the fundamental truth that all human beings are created equal and endowed by God with certain rights. We have often underestimated how radical that quest really is, and how our cherished principles challenge systems of intended or assumed injustice. The heroes of America — from Frederick Douglass, to Harriet Tubman, to Abraham Lincoln, to Martin Luther King, Jr. — are heroes of unity. Their calling has never been for the fainthearted. They often revealed the nation’s disturbing bigotry and exploitation — stains on our character sometimes difficult for the American majority to examine. We can only see the reality of America’s need by seeing it through the eyes of the threatened, oppressed, and disenfranchised.
That is exactly where we now stand. Many doubt the justice of our country, and with good reason. Black people see the repeated violation of their rights without an urgent and adequate response from American institutions. We know that lasting justice will only come by peaceful means. Looting is not liberation, and destruction is not progress. But we also know that lasting peace in our communities requires truly equal justice. The rule of law ultimately depends on the fairness and legitimacy of the legal system. And achieving justice for all is the duty of all.
This will require a consistent, courageous, and creative effort. We serve our neighbors best when we try to understand their experience. We love our neighbors as ourselves when we treat them as equals, in both protection and compassion. There is a better way — the way of empathy, and shared commitment, and bold action, and a peace rooted in justice. I am confident that together, Americans will choose the better way.”

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Giuliani Makes Two Big Statements – Gets Immediately Slammed

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Rudy Giuliani, the President’s personal attorney who has a habit of making wild statements, only to walk them back later, or lie and say he never made them at all, has just grabbed the news cycle with two big statements. And he’s getting slammed on social media for them.

First, Giuliani has reportedly told CNN that President Trump’s legal team, in what should be a highly unusual move, reached out to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office over Buzzfeed’s bombshell article last week. Buzzfeed reported, and continues to stand by its reporting, that President Trump instructed his then-attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress.

CNN says “Giuliani, who is Trump’s attorney, would not provide further details about what they said to Mueller’s office. Friday evening, special counsel spokesman Peter Carr issued a rare statement rejecting the central claim in the BuzzFeed article, that Mueller has corroborating evidence (including testimony from Cohen) indicating Trump directed Cohen to lie to Congress about the deal.”

That’s not necessarily accurate. The central claim, many believe, in the Buzzfeed article is that the President instructed Cohen to lie to Congress.

Some on social media expressed concern.

Former federal prosecutor at SDNY:

Second, Giuliani has just released a statement refuting his bombshell remarks from Sunday, when he suggested or said directly that talks between then-presidential nominee Donald Trump via Michael Cohen, and Russia, to build a Trump Tower Moscow continued right up to Election Day.

Giuliani now says those comments were merely “hypothetical,” and suggests they were not based in fact.

But as MSNBC producer Kyle Griffin notes, “Giuliani explicitly told [the] NYT that Trump ‘recalls a series of conversations’ with Michael Cohen about the Trump Tower Moscow project during the campaign.”

Giuliani is know for road-testing positions, running with them, then pulling them back at the drop of a hat, making him a highly discredited actor.

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Prominent Former GOP State Chair Torches ‘Despicable Divider’ Trump for Racist Ad Attacking Dems, Immigrants

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Al Cardenas has some very strong words for President Donald Trump. A former Chairman of the Florida Republican Party and a former member of the Republican National Committee’s executive committee, Cardenas has served under two GOP presidents, including Reagan, and is well-known on cable news as an strong conservative.

That’s not stopping him from torching President Trump as a “despicable divider” over Trump’s new, intensely racist ad attacking Democrats and immigrants. The new ad, which Trump has pinned to the top of his Twitter feed, is being called “far worse” than the infamous 1988 Willie Horton ad.

“You are a despicable divider; the worse social poison to afflict our country in decades. This ad, and your full approval of it, will condemn you and your bigoted legacy forever in the annals of America’s history books,” Cardenas said via Twitter.

(We urge caution if you choose to watch the ad, below.)

Cardenas is no moderate. In addition to his work at the state and national level for the GOP, he was the chairman of the American Conservative Union (ACU) which hosts the annual far right Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).
Image by Gage Skidmore via Flickr and a CC license

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