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Saturday, October 20, 2018

#EndorseThis: Republican Giggles On Air At Heroic Description Of Trump

Meet the new boss…same as the old boss.

This is not at all a defense of President Trump or his far-right policies. But one of the myths about Trump invented by so-called “liberal” tabloids is that his political game represents a new, advanced form of evil. In reality, Trump seizes power using tactics and slogans that go back 50 or more years. Sometimes a thousand years. Like, “My opponents only care about their pals,” or, “I’ll clean up the mess in Washington.” Trump’s version of the latter, of course, is “drain the swamp.”

In today’s clip, GOP strategist Tara Setmeyer can’t contain her laughter as pro-Trump partisan Steve Cortes uses a live CNN debate to cast 45 as an angel who has ended corruption and lobbying in D.C.…

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Accusing Manafort Of Witness Tampering, Mueller Seeks To Imprison Him Now

Special counsel Robert Mueller charged Paul Manafort with witness tampering in a new court document filed Monday night. Mueller sought to revoke his conditional release while awaiting trial on charges of money laundering, tax evasion, and acting as an unregistered foreign agent.

The court filing says Manafort tried “to tamper with potential witnesses while on pretrial release and, accordingly, has violated the conditions of his release.”

The former Trump campaign manager has been under house arrest ever since the special counsel indicted him last October 30.   He stands accused of working on behalf of a Ukrainian politician allied with Russian President Vladimir Putin.…

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Hugh Hewitt Columns Praised Pruitt While His Law Firm Lobbied EPA

Reprinted with permission from MediaMatters.

 

The Washington Post repeatedly allowed Hugh Hewitt to write columns praising Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt without disclosing that Hewitt’s law firm does work before the agency. Washington Post Editorial Page Editor Fred Hiatt told Media Matters that Hewitt would no longer write about Pruitt.

Hewitt is a conservative radio host who also works as a host for MSNBC and a contributing columnist for The Washington Post. Off air, he is a partner at the law firm Larson O’Brien.

That law firm position presents numerous potential and real conflicts of interest for Hewitt’s media roles.…

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