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Friday, August 17, 2018

Key Testimony In Manafort Trial: ‘Gates Is Admitting Everything’

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.


A former top aide to President Donald Trump appeared in court Monday as a cooperating witness in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

Rick Gates, who served on Trump’s campaign and on his inaugural committee, testified against Paul Manafort, who was campaign chairman. Gates and Manafort were also long-time business associates, and Gates flipped on his former ally when the two were indicted by the special counsel for a variety of financial crimes, including tax and bank fraud.

Since he was high-level Trump staffer who is now cooperating with Mueller, Gates’ testimony was highly anticipated and seen as key evidence in the case against Manafort.…

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Employee Charged With Molesting 8 Kids At Immigrant Shelter

Reprinted with permission from ProPublica.


Worker Charged With Sexually Molesting Eight Children at Immigrant Shelter

This story includes graphic details of alleged sexual violence against minors.

A youth care worker for Southwest Key has been charged with 11 sex offenses after authorities accused him of molesting at least eight unaccompanied immigrant boys over nearly a year at one of the company’s shelters in Mesa, Arizona, federal court records show.

The allegations against Levian D. Pacheco, who is HIV-positive, include that he performed oral sex on two of the teenagers and tried to force one of them to penetrate him anally. The other six teens — all between 15 and 17 — said Pacheco had groped them through their clothing.

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Trump Tweets Racial Smear At Georgia Democratic Nominee

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.


Trump revealed his ugly racism once again by attacking Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams — who would be the first black woman governor in U.S. history if she wins in Georgia this November.

In a tweet Wednesday morning congratulating Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp on his GOP primary victory, Trump instructed Kemp to “go win against the open border, crime loving opponent that the Democrats have given you.”

Republicans have long used myths about crime to smear minority groups; the infamous “Willie Horton” ad is a classic example.

But Trump turned this longtime Republican dog whistle into a bullhorn.…

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