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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Report: Federal Prosecutors Are Zeroing In On Trump’s Inaugural Committee

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

 

On Monday, ABC News reported that prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York are in touch with President Donald Trump’s inauguration committee and are seeking to compel information about the committee’s fundraising:

The contact from the Southern District, which came from its public corruption section, is the latest activity focusing on Trump’s political fundraising both before and immediately after his 2016 election. Lawyers for the inauguration committee were contacted midday Monday and asked if they could accept a subpoena for documents from federal prosecutors, according to sources familiar.

Trump’s inaugural committee has been under criminal investigation by federal prosecutors since at least December, according to the Wall Street Journal.…

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Howard Schultz’s Cable News Fantasy Campaign

Reprinted with permission from MediaMatters.

 

Howard Schultz might be running for president and nobody knows why. No one asked him to run for president, and there was no existing political movement to recruit the billionaire former Starbucks CEO into a presidential campaign. The Schultz 2020 experiment just materialized out of nothingness, and in its short, cursed existence it has commanded outsized media attention despite the fact that pretty much everyone seems to hate it.

Since he teased his potential candidacy, Schultz has been interviewed on 60 MinutesMorning JoeThe ViewAnderson Cooper 360, and various other high-wattage news programs.…

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Voter Suppression Must Remain A Key Issue

Reprinted with permission from Uexpress.

Stacey Abrams, who will deliver the Democratic response to the State of the Union address, is a dynamic speaker, a skillful political organizer and a gifted legislator. Those qualities no doubt played a role in the decision to choose her to rebut President Donald J. Trump.

There is also little doubt that race and gender played a role. As a black woman who is a rising star in the Democratic Party, Abrams is a living, breathing symbol of its 21st-century identity as the party of inclusion. Now that Trump has completed his takeover of the Republican Party, it is wholly identified with Trumpism — nativism, Islamophobia, racism, white Christian nationalism.…

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