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Senator Durbin, Others, Begged Mattis to Stay With Administration



Dick Durbin on Meet The Press

Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), speaking on NBC’s Meet The Press, expressed his dismay in Defense Secretary James Mattis’ departure from the Trump Administration, saying that he was one of many senators who tried to get the former General to stay.

“I was one of many senators who privately sat down with General Mattis and said, ‘Please stay, stay as long as you possibly can,'” Durbin said. “We desperately need your mature voice, your patriotism in the room when this president’s making life or death decisions about national security. But it obviously reached a breaking point.”

Durbin added that, “It breaks my heart that he’s going to step aside. We counted on him to be there and to stop this president from his worst impulse.”

Mattis was often viewed, much like outgoing Chief of Staff John Kelly, as one of the “adults in the room” with President Trump, and a moderating voice in the face of some of the more erratic actions of the administration.

Durbin feels that the loss of Mattis signals chaos to come, saying, “Every day I question whether or not we can endure another two years.”

He feels the most important thing for congress to do at this time is to make its presence felt by the administration, reining in some of the actions that are likely to come.

“I think we can, I think this Constitution is strong. The American people are strong. But I’m hoping that my Republican colleagues will step up and join us in a bipartisan effort to put this government back on track.”

Durbin feels that, in the wake of the president’s snap decision to call troops home from Syrian, it’s important for congress to, “reassert our authority and responsibility” over the president, remind people — even in the midst of a government shutdown, that the senate has “the power of the purse strings” and may hold this President responsible for his actions.

View the complete exchange below.

Images via screen capture from video source.

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Trump Shamefully Withdraws United States from World Health Organization During Pandemic



In an absolutely shameful move for Americans everywhere (whether they believe it right now or not), the Trump White House has announced its departure from the World Health Organization (WHO). The line was drawn in the proverbial sand on Tuesday, July 7.

“We have detailed the reforms that it [the WHO] must make and engaged with them directly, but they have refused to act,” Trump said.

According to The Hill, the United States contributes upwards of $400 million annually to the WHO — the group’s largest contributor — and public health experts have warned that a suspension of funds would severely damage the organization.

Following Trump’s ill-timed announcement, United States Senator Bob Menendez tweeted, “Congress received notification that POTUS officially withdrew the U.S. from the WHO in the midst of a pandemic. To call Trump’s response to COVID chaotic & incoherent doesn’t do it justice. This won’t protect American lives or interests — it leaves Americans sick & America alone.”

“I disagree with the president’s decision,” Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said in a statement. “Certainly there needs to be a good, hard look at mistakes the World Health Organization might have made in connection with coronavirus, but the time to do that is after the crisis has been dealt with, not in the middle of it.”

“Withdrawing U.S. membership could, among other things, interfere with clinical trials that are essential to the development of vaccines, which citizens of the United States as well as others in the world need,” Alexander added.. “And withdrawing could make it harder to work with other countries to stop viruses before they get to the United States.”

It’s not the first time Trump has publicly denounced the WHO and it certainly won’t be his last. Trump said this past May that “China’s pattern of misconduct is well-known. For decades, they’ve ripped off the United States like no one has ever done before. Hundreds of billions of dollars per year were lost dealing with China, especially over the years during the prior administration. China raided our factories, off-shored our jobs, gutted our industries, stole our intellectual property and violated their commitments under the World Trade Organization.”

Although Trump has put the plan in motion to extricate America from the WHO, there may still be a long legal battle ahead if Congress challenges the decision in court since Congress already allocated funding for the WHO in its current spending bill.

119 days, America. The world is literally watching.

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Experts Blast Barr for ‘Utterly Shocking Bad Faith’ NBC Interview Attacking FBI: ‘Hannity Is the Attorney General Now’



“If there is a single thing William Barr is an expert on, it is ‘bad faith.'”

In a stunning move the Attorney General of the United States on Tuesday blasted the Federal Bureau of Investigation, widely separating himself from the findings of the Dept. of Justice Inspector General’s report. Barr also claimed the FBI should have ended the counterintelligence investigation into Donald Trump once he was elected president.

And Barr even said the FBI acted in “bad faith” in conducting the investigation into Trump and Russia.

Effectively, Barr is saying not only should the president never be prosecuted, but presidents should never be investigated. All these statements are contrary to what many if not most constitutional experts have said.

Barr also called the reasons for opening the Russia probe “very flimsy,” in an interview with NBC News’ Pete Williams.

Again, that is in direct contradiction into what legal and constitutional experts have said.

“I think our nation was turned on its head for three years based on a completely bogus narrative that was largely fanned and hyped by a completely irresponsible press,” Barr also told Williams.

Stunningly, Barr also tells Williams the Steele Dossier is “false.” Nearly none of it has been determined to be false.

He also falsely hunkers down on his false claim the Trump campaign was spied on.

Barr is getting blasted as his interview airs on MSNBC.

Here’s MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, who pulls no punches:

Here’s ACLU attorney Josh Block:

CNBC/NBC’s John Harwood:

CNN National Security and Legal Analyst Susan Hennessey:

NBC News and MSNBC Legal Analyst Glenn Kirschner:

U.S. Senator Mark Warner, Vice Chairman, Intel Committee:


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Erick Erickson on Pete Buttigieg: ‘His Understanding of Christianity Isn’t Very Deep or Serious’



Conservative evangelical personality and blogger Erick Erickson is at it again. The man who says he believes terrorist attacks occur because of God hates gay people just can’t help himself in a new Twitter rant regarding Vice President Mike Pence and 2020 presidential candidate Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

His racist attack on Americans is right in line with President Donald Trump’s rants as well.

He aligns himself with people who call people like Senator Kamala Harris “salty,” to say the least:

Five years ago, New Civil Rights Movement reported that Erickson was behind the nation’s  “First National Gun Appreciation Day,” conveniently scheduled for Saturday, January 19, Robert E. Lee Day. Lee was the Civil War hero of the Confederate Army.

He throws support around hate wherever he goes, including retweeting this nonsense:

Class act, this one.

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