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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

What? Attorney General Nominee Outlined Case For Impeachment

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

 

Because President Donald Trump has been so forthright about his belief that the U.S. attorney general should serve to protect him, his nomination of William Barr to head up the Justice Department terrified many political observers.

But despite the fact that there were a slew of disturbing elements of Barr’s confirmation hearing on Tuesday, there were also some indications that he may, at some point, be willing to stand up to Trump.

At one point, it even seemed that Barr made a compelling case for impeaching Trump — though it’s not clear how intentional this was.…

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In Speech To Farmers, Trump Takes 30 Minutes To Rant About His ‘Wall’

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.

 

Trump used a speech to farmers to complain — at length — about America rejecting both his government shutdown and his obsession with building a border wall.

Despite delivering his speech to the American Farm Bureau Federation, it took well over 30 minutes of monologuing about the wall before Trump even got around to mentioning issues relevant to farmers.

And when he did get around to discussing trade issues, he failed to address the serious harms that his unnecessary trade war has caused many farmers.

Trump arranged unpopular payoffs to temporarily help farmers affected by the trade war — but even those paltry measures have been disrupted because of his shutdown.…

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‘No Collusion?’ Trump Team Had 100-Plus Contacts With Russians

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new analysis reveals that members of Trump’s campaign and transition teams had more than 100 contacts with officials linked to the Russian government, despite two years of constant denials from Trump’s team that these conversations and meetings ever happened.

At least 28 high-level campaign officials and Trump advisers knew of these contacts — and not one was ever reported to the authorities. Instead, the new analysis notes, “the Trump team tried to cover up every single one of them.”

Using publicly available court documents and news reports, researchers at the Center for American Progress (CAP) counted the number of known contacts between the Trump team and Russian operatives.…

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