The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell 10/25/17

Max Boot: If GOP thinks Trump unfit, an 'obligation to impeach'

Lawrence O'Donnell talks to foreign policy expert and former Republican Max Boot about the GOP reaction to Bob Corker and Jeff Flake's public comments about Donald Trump and the obligation of Republicans who think Trump is unfit to "impeach and remove him."

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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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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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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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Trump’s Big Mouth Has Already Weakened America

Not to mention the damage it’s doing to his own presidency.

During Barack Obama’s presidency, Republicans complained, with good reason, about the Potomac River-wide gap between the president’s words and his actions — in particular about his failure to enforce the “red line” over chemical weapons use in Syria. But under Donald Trump the gap has expanded to the size of the Grand Canyon — large enough to swallow his presidency and the country’s international reputation with it.

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Trump bows to Russia again

Republicans once scorned 'moral relativism,' but now they defend it.

Once upon a time, “moral relativism” — the tendency to draw comparisons between the conduct of the United States and its enemies — was the bane of American conservatives.

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