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Republicans need to screw up their courage and tell Trump to go

If Donald Trump is forced to leave office early — a prospect that is no longer as unimaginable as it once was — May 9-16 will become known as the seven days that shook the world. It is almost hard to remember now the media hoopla that accompanied Trump’s 100th day in office on April 29. Many pundits, myself included, wrote that Trump was normalizing. The past seven days have been anything but normal; indeed, they constitute the most bizarre week of the U.S. presidency since the dark days of Watergate.

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Republicans Need to Abandon the Trump Ship ASAP

America’s national security demands it.

The political world is now buzzing over the Washington Post’s blockbuster report on Monday night that Trump divulged code-word secrets — in other words, some of the most highly classified information that the U.S. government possesses — to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador during an Oval Office meeting. Yes, that’s important. But don’t lose sight of the firing of James Comey, which is, on balance, an even bigger scandal.

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Donald Trump’s Russia blunder is horrifying

In a series of tweets, Trump admitted that yes he had shared the information with the Russians but claimed it was proper to do so. In a legal sense he's right: The president can declassify anything he wants. But in a larger moral and strategic sense, Trump committed a horrifying blunder that puts at risk at least one vital U.S. intelligence-sharing relationship

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When Will Republicans Stand Up to Trump?

If the controversy over the firing of James Comey, the F.B.I. director, has done anything, it has confirmed my decision on Nov. 9 to leave the Republican Party after a lifetime as a loyal member.
The Republican Party was once the party of small government, free trade, traditional values, principled foreign policy leadership and, most important of all, adherence to the Constitution. Republicans spent decades fulminating against activist judges like Earl Warren and activist politicians like Barack Obama, claiming they were undermining the founders’ vision of limited government.
And then, the party sold its soul to the soulless charlatan who now occupies the Oval Office and makes a mockery of every one of the party’s principles.

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Condi Makes Her Case

A former secretary of state pleas for the current Republican administration not to eschew the democracy agenda that defined the last one. Max Boot reviews “Democracy: Stories from the Long Road to Freedom” by Condoleezza Rice.

A former secretary of state pleas for the current Republican administration not to eschew the democracy agenda that defined the last one. Max Boot reviews “Democracy: Stories from the Long Road to Freedom” by Condoleezza Rice.

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Russiagate: Trump Is Trying to Put Out a Fire With More Smoke

If Republicans have a shred of intellectual integrity, they’ll ignore the president’s flailing, and follow the evidence wherever it leads.

There’s a lot we know — and even more we don’t know — regarding the Kremlin interference in the U.S. election last year. The most important thing we know is that there was interference. This is the consensus, “high confidence” assessment of the U.S. intelligence community, which further concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin was trying to hurt Hillary Clinton and help Donald Trump. That in and of itself is scandalous enough. What we don’t know — and need to find out — is whether the Trump campaign actively colluded with this Russian operation and, more broadly, what links if any exist between the U.S. president and the dictator in the Kremlin.

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France’s election proves it — America is now an example of what not to do

Americans have a long and ignoble tradition of telling jokes about the French. Old chestnuts such as “I'm selling a French rifle: Never shot, dropped only once” became popular again in 2003 when the French — wisely as it turns out — refused to join their U.S. allies in the invasion of Iraq. The House of Representatives cafeteria even renamed French fries, “freedom fries.” Turns out the joke’s on us.

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