Lawmakers rebuke Trump for attacks on Germany NATO allies at summit

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Republican and Democratic lawmakers criticized President Donald Trump on Wednesday after he blasted European allies and called Germany "a captive of Russia" at the NATO summit in Brussels.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Cali., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said the president's remarks were "an embarrassment."

"President Trump's brazen insults and denigration of one of America's most steadfast allies, Germany, is an embarrassment," Pelosi and Schumer said in a joint statement. "His behavior this morning is another profoundly disturbing signal that the President is more loyal to President Putin than to our NATO allies."

Trump, who is in Brussels as part of week-long European trip, has repeatedly said that NATO member nations have taken advantage of the U.S. by not contributing adequate sums to their defense.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Mich., said Wednesday that the 29-member international alliance was "indispensable" and pledged to bring a resolution to the floor of the House to reiterate congressional support of NATO.

"I subscribe to the view that we should not be criticizing our president while he is overseas," Ryan said, "but let me say a couple of things — NATO is indispensable, it's as important today as it ever has been."

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Trump's comments were not in America's national interest and could weaken the alliance. He also raised concerns about the signal it could send before Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin next week in Helsinki.

"I'm very concerned that we have a rough meeting with NATO and then some kind of conciliatory meeting with Putin and it works against our country's national interest," he said.

Sen Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said he disagreed with the president's assertion and urged him to stop being so critical of foreign allies.

"I don't agree with that, Germany doesn't agree with that, they are strong people," he said. "I think you can be too critical of our counterparts."


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Students Alumni Urge Yale Law School’s Leadership To Denounce Brett Kavanaugh

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The school’s leadership boasted about its alumnus, Trump’s new Supreme Court nominee, in a press release.

Even though Yale Law School published a press release touting the accomplishments of Brett Kavanaugh, its alumnus and President Donald Trump’s new Supreme Court nominee, not everyone at the school is singing his praises.

As of Tuesday night, more than 200 students, staff members and alumni of Yale Law School signed an open letter calling for the institution to rescind its apparent support of Kavanaugh. 

The letter, addressed to the law school’s leadership and Dean Heather Gerken, argued that Kavanaugh, as a possible Supreme Court justice, puts American democracy in danger and called his nomination an “emergency.”

“The press release’s focus on the nominee’s professionalism, pedigree, and service to Yale Law School obscures the true stakes of his nomination and raises a disturbing question,” the letter’s authors wrote. “Is there nothing more important to Yale Law School than its proximity to power and prestige?”

The letter cited several of Kavanaugh’s past opinions, arguing that his conservative bias would place past Supreme Court rulings at risk. It also claimed Kavanaugh would act as a “rubber stamp for President Trump’s fraud and abuse,” pointing to the judge’s support for expanding presidential power.

“At a time when the President and his associates are under investigation for various serious crimes, including colluding with the Russian government and obstructing justice, Judge Kavanaugh’s extreme deference to the Executive poses a direct threat to our democracy,” the letter read.

Yale Law School published its press release about Kavanaugh on Monday, shortly after Trump announced he was nominating the Yale alumnus to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Yale Law spokeswoman Jan Conroy did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment.

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Collins on Kavanaugh Very difficult for anyone argue that hes not qualified for the Supreme Court

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said Tuesday that it is "very difficult for anyone to argue" that Judge Brett Kavanaugh is not qualified to serve on the Supreme Court and replace Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Collins, who will be one of the key votes toward Kavanaugh's potential confirmation, told reporters at the Capitol that while there are other factors that will play into her decision, the judge is "clearly qualified for the job."

"Certainly, when you look at the credentials that Judge Kavanaugh brings to the job, it will be very difficult for anyone to argue that he's not qualified for the job," Collins said. "He's clearly qualified for the job, but there are other issues involving judicial temperament and his ... judicial philosophy that also will play into my decision."

Collins and Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, are the two top Democratic hopes to pick off Republicans based on their stance supporting the right to abortion. Along with a group of red-state Democratic senators, they are viewed as the swing votes for Kavanaugh's nomination.

In their efforts to block the nomination, Democrats are arguing that both the Affordable Care Act and abortion rights will be eviscerated if Kavanugh is confirmed to the bench.

"I've noticed they seem to have switched from a focus on Roe [v. Wade] to healthcare in an attempt to unify their caucus. The healthcare issues are very important to me," Collins said.


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Opinion The WalkAway Movement Is Taking America By Storm

At now over 100,000 members in its Facebook group and widespread international media coverage, the #WalkAway movement of former Democrats telling their stories about why they left their party has resonated deeply with a core feeling currently in the American people.

Started by NYC hairstylist Brandon Straka in late May the movement has caught flame because it speaks to how the Democratic Party of today, where far-left sentiments ranging from universal socialist programs to demonizing our first responders and border control, to questioning the very goodness of America itself, are edging closer to gaining a seat at the table.

We are a far ways away from the Democratic Party that stood as a big tent party that governed America for much of the 20thcentury, and which led us through World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, through much of the fight against Communist aggression in the Cold War both domestically and internationally, and even as a moderate and pragmatic governing force under President Bill Clinton.

When we see far-left socialists topple long-standing Democratic moderates and liberals, as “democratic” socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently did in New York City, and that they aren’t immediately shunned but rather absorbed into the mainstream as a potential new path forward that signifies a worrying and historic shift for our country.

Over the past few decades millions upon millions of former Democrats have left their party and become either independents or Republicans, whether liberals who turned conservative or “Reagan Democrats” that found there was little room anymore in the Democratic Party for conservatives and the center-right.

They have made an impact at the ballot box, as they were found to be essential behind President Donald Trump’s 2016 election victories in Rust Belt states such as Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

As a former Democrat myself, I have spoken frequently in the national media in recent years on this trend because it is one that I feel speaks deeply to the current political and cultural movements happening in our country.

Like I said on Fox & Friends the other day, the far-left has in recent years slowly been trying to gain a foothold in our country’s mainstream th

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