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The atmosphere has been saturated with malice and fear, thanks to President Donald Trump in his tweets and at his rallies. According to The Salt Lake Tribune, Jose Lopez was in the office of his Salt Lake City tire shop when he suddenly heard his son Luis screaming in the adjacent garage. He ran over to discover a man standing in the courtyard of the shop holding a metal bar and hurling racial insults at his son while brandishing the five-foot truncheon menacingly. “I hate Mexicans,” he spat. “I f—ing hate Mexicans,” The Tribune reports. “Are you part of the…

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George H.W. Bush would never have been elected to anything in the modern Republican Party. It’s not because the former president, who died at age 94 on Friday, wasn’t a “real” Republican. Bush believed in lower taxes, a smaller federal government and a robust military — the general principles that, until the last few years, have defined modern conservatism. It’s because of Bush’s approach to politics. He was not a fire-breather. His first instinct was not to vilify anyone who disagreed with him. He believed in the idea that good people can disagree. He saw compromise as a reasonable goal…

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During the 2016 campaign, when President Donald Trump was railing against the North American Free Trade Agreement. Of course, Trump neither understood nor wished to understand NAFTA, he just knew he could wield it like a crude cudgel against the establishment to rally disenfranchised manufacturing workers who lost their jobs due to automation and outsourcing. Once in power, Trump knew he had to perform some kind of nominal renegotiation of the agreement so that he could claim a victory. In typical fashion, it didn’t matter if there were any real substantive changes to the trade deal because he and his…

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Michael Cohen, the former personal attorney for President Donald Trump was under the impression Trump would offer him a pardon in exchange for staying on message in support of the President in discussions with federal prosecutors, according to two sources. After a March 2018 visit to Mar-a-Lago, the President’s private club in Florida, Cohen returned to New York believing that his former boss would protect him if he faced any charges for sticking to his story about the 2016 payments to adult film actress Stormy Daniels, according to one source with knowledge. Trump was also at Mar-a-Lago at the time…

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bT-yIjJdNU0 Barack Obama is once again reminded the Americans that his administration faced far less legal scrutiny than that of President Donald Trump. Two days before President Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about the Russia investigation after being charged by special counsel Robert Mueller — Barack Obama, stated plainly of Trump, “Not only did I not get indicted, nobody in my administration got indicted.” According to footage from the Houston Chronicle, Obama took shots at Trump, without mentioning his name, in front of more than one thousand people — including fellow interviewee former…

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President Donald Trump suffered a deafening defeat after Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.) revealed that he can’t support his controversial judicial nominee Thomas Farr, torpedoing the nomination. Scott said that a 1991 Justice Department memo leaked this week raised concerns for him over Farr’s role in a voter suppression scheme that took place during the 1984 and 1990 campaigns of Sen. Jesse Helms (R-N.C.). Farr worked with Helms’ campaign at the time. “I am ready and willing to support strong candidates for our judicial vacancies that do not have lingering concerns about issues that could affect their decision-making process as a…

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President Donald Trump’s many woes many not be coming to an end anytime soon.  First, it was revealed that his former attorney Michael Cohen admitted that he lied about Trump and his family’s involvement in a Russian business deal during the election. Then, the FBI and IRS raided the office of an attorney who handled Trump’s tax returns for 12 years. Now, more bad news for Trump and his criminal cohort has landed. Common Dreams reports that Deutsche Bank’s headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany has been raided by authorities. CNN reports that some 170 police officers and tax investigators were involved…

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Former Trump campaign advisor George Papadopoulos has lost his freedom as he   began his paltry two-week jail term  after a plea deal with Robert Mueller resulted in a severely reduced sentence in exchange for cooperating with the Special Counsel’s investigation into Russian collusion with the president’s campaign. However, a new article in The Atlantic today leads to the conclusion that Mueller may not be finished with Papadopoulos quite yet. The story reveals the existence of a letter sent to Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA), the incoming chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, on November 19th by a yet to be named…

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Barack Obama blamed a shifting media environment for sharpening partisan divides, saying that Fox News viewers and New York Times readers live in “entirely different” realities. “Whether it was (Walter) Cronkite or (David) Brinkley or what have you, there was a common set of facts, a baseline around which both parties had to adapt and respond to,” Obama said at Rice University. “And by the time I take office, what you increasingly have is a media environment in which if you are a Fox News viewer, you have an entirely different reality than if you are a New York Times…

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Imagine you are a U.S. Attorney, spearheading the prosecution of an alleged serial sexual abuser of children. You have statements from dozens of self-identified victims — teenage girls who do not know each other, and yet tell virtually identical stories (even providing corroborating descriptions of the suspect’s genitalia). The victims unanimously say that the suspect operated a kind of “sex pyramid scheme,” in which he would: 1) Offer barely pubescent girls a lot of money to come to his house and give him a “massage.” 2) Coerce them into performing sex acts during and after the massages. 3) Offer those…

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