Donald Trump Jr. and the whiff of treason | USA Today

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“This is moving into perjury, false statements and even into potentially treason,” Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., says of investigations into Team Trump’s adventures among the Russians. “We understand why some are raising issues of treason,” ethics lawyers Norman Eisen and Richard Painter write in The New York Times. Continue reading

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Don Jr. Russia emails trap Trump and his whole circus | USA Today

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By releasing a damning email exchange from last year revealing his own eagerness to take help from the Russian government to elect his father, Donald Trump Jr. has brought us to a watershed moment. One of the dikes blocking public understanding of the story line of potential collusion has given way. A flood of further incriminating evidence is now almost certain to follow. Continue reading

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With Comey Firing, Trump Drags America Deeper Into Crisis | USA Today

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President Trump is always transparent in his peculiar way. Even as he lies baldly, he reveals what is on the forefront of his mind. It is in the brutal letter he had a top personal aide hand deliver to the FBI, firing Director James Comey: “While I greatly appreciate you informing me on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the bureau.” Continue reading

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World History According to Trump | USA Today

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According to Donald Trump, “if Andrew Jackson had been a little later, you wouldn’t have had the Civil War.” In fact, Trump said in a SiriusXM interview with writer Salena Zito, “he was really angry that he saw what was happening with regard to the Civil War, he said, ‘There’s no reason for this.’ ” Continue reading

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Trump’s Flip-Flops Don’t Make Him a Statesman | USA Today

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The most striking aspect of this initial chapter of Donald Trump’s presidency is how thoroughly it has exposed his protean political character. This should not come entirely as a surprise. In his prior lives and careers as a real estate developer, a playboy, a reality TV star, Trump transmogrified himself on multiple occasions. And over the past several decades in the political realm, he switched parties more often than he switched mistresses and wives. But as we approach the 100-day mark of his presidency, Trump has begun to jettison campaign stances and promises at a pace that, even by the standards of his own past, is frantic. Continue reading

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Comey Diagnoses the Dangerous Disease in Trumpland | USA Today

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Is there a link between President Trump’s breathtaking allegation that former president Obama wiretapped him in Trump Tower and the Russian plot to sway the American election against Hillary Clinton? Continue reading

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Some Secrets Should Be Leaked | USA Today

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Some secrets are plainly necessary. The disclosure of sensitive national defense information that puts the country at risk deserves to be punished to the maximum extent of the law. But if there are necessary secrets, is there also something we can call necessary leaks? Continue reading

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What if Trump Loses His Mind? | USA Today

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Perhaps President Trump will govern like a genius and manage to fulfill in some measure his campaign pledge to Make America Great Again. Or perhaps our worst fears will be realized and bizarre behavior will become impossible to ignore. If we reach that point, an important question will become: Even if Trump does not commit high crimes or misdemeanors, can he be removed from the presidency? Continue reading

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Hairline Cracks in Trump’s Invisible Shield | Daily News

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It is a well-established fact that Donald Trump carries a magic shield. No matter what preposterous thing he does or inane or intentionally false thing he says, he survives to fight another day. When Trump said he could shoot someone on Fifth Ave. and not lose votes, he was attesting to the existence of his invisible armor. Continue reading

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Trump vs. the ‘Lying, Disgusting’ Media | USA Today

He was only slightly warmer Wednesday at his first news conference as president-elect, referring to some “very, very dishonest people” right in front of him as “fake news” purveyors — his characterization of CNN and Buzzfeed  reporting on allegations that Russia had been collecting compromising financial and personal information on Trump for years. Continue reading

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