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Today’s news was filled with yet more Trump Palace Intrigue. It seems Mike Rogers was pushed out as national security advisor to the transition team part of “a Stalinesque purge of people close to [Chris Christie]” being led by Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and Vox’s Andrew Prokop reports that the top qualification for a Trump administration job is … personal loyalty to Donald Trump. Meanwhile, Breitbart News is preparing to sue “a major media company” for describing Breitbart as a “white nationalist” site. Setting aside the legal hurdles, the charge is true. Former Breitbart CEO Stephen Bannon proudly claimed his site as “the platform for the alt-right,” who believe Western civilization is inseparable from European ethnicity, and former Breitbart editor Ben Shapiro says Bannon is “happy to pander to those people and make common cause with them in order to transform conservatism into European far-right nationalist populism.” Will President Trump and his chief policy advisor Bannon use lawsuits and the power of government to intimidate media outlets who challenge their agenda?
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