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Wondering who will emerge to challenge Trump in 2020? Many California Democrats expect Kamala Harris to run, with former Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa predicting that before long the freshman senator will be “knocking on doors in Iowa.”

That scenario recalls the meteoric rise of a certain freshman senator from Illinois — and one prominent right-wing commentator says that if she runs, Harris will prevail (at least in the primary).

Speaking at a county Republican dinner in Florida, Ann Coulter made a firm prediction: “I say if Kamala Harris runs, she will be the Democratic nominee.”

Given Harris’ role spearheading DACA, this isn’t a development that nativist Coulter — a bigot who considers Trump squishy — would welcome. But it indicates how quickly Harris is rising to the top of the list.

 

Michael Flynn

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Reprinted with permission from Alternet

President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced a "full pardon" for his former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, a key figure from the start of Russia investigation and the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Flynn had pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with the Russian ambassador during the 2016 presidential transition. The reason for his lying was never fully explained. He also admitted to working as an unregistered foreign agent for Turkey while serving on the Trump campaign, work that included publishing a ghost-written op-ed in The Hill that argued for extraditing an American resident who is seen as an enemy of the Turkish government. After admitting to his crimes, Flynn attempted to recant and withdraw his guilty plea, an issue which had yet to be resolved by the courts.

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