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Director, UChicago Institute of Politics. Senior Political Commentator @CNN. Host, The Axe Files, http://itunes.com/AxeFiles. Views expressed here are my own.

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.@realDonaldTrump once said that he could shoot someone on 5th Avenue in broad daylight and his base would stick with him.
With his astonishing capitulation to Putin it feels as if he’s actually trying to test that proposition.
Russia’s no longer targeting the U.S. He has Putin’s word on it!😳
The most jarring thing about this week has been how fundamentally submissive this @POTUS has been. For all his bluster bravado, what the world saw was a shockingly weak president.
Just caught up with @POTUS hostage video. Couldn’t tell because the lights went out but I think he may have been blinking “I don’t mean it” in Morse Code.
The only way to have avoided the obvious conclusion that @POTUS bowed to Putin would have been to simply not broadcast their press conference. It was Trump’s own words, not the media’s intepretation of them, that were so damning.
It is a measure of the size of the Helsinki disaster-and state of the WH-that aides are scurrying to make clear that @POTUS went rogue.
He’s getting a lot of well-deserved kudos but let me add mine. Chris Wallace did a first-rate job of holding Putin to account.
Wonder if @POTUS was watching?
In the course of every presidency, there are “defining moments” that, in the fullness of time, turn out not to be.
Yesterday, was unmistakably, unalterably a defining moment for Donald Trump.
It will never be forgotten.
Trump-Putin Meeting: How Will Republicans React? - The Atlantic https://t.co/DYN1ME8QzO
One thing today’s stunning, treacherous performance by @POTUS in Helsinki made clear is the absolute need for thorough and COMPLETE probe by the special counsel and the Congress.
Something is dramatically wrong. We need to know all the facts.
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