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Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani was booed at Yankee Stadium on Monday after an announcer asked the crowd to wish him a happy birthday, the New York Daily News reports.

Reporter Adrian Carrasquillo described the boos as “thunderous.”

Giuliani, the former mayor of New York, is now leading Donald Trump’s legal defense in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. He told CNN’s Dana Bash on Sunday that the strategy behind Trump’s aggressive attempts to discredit that investigation is to curry favor with the “public opinion.”

“They’re giving us the material to do it,” Giuliani said. “Of course, we have to do it in defending the President. To a large extent, remember Dana, what we’re doing here, it is the public opinion, because eventually, the decision here is going to impeach or not impeach.”

If the reaction from Yankee fans is any indication, the president might want to come up with a new strategy.

Elizabeth Preza is the Managing Editor of AlterNet. Follow her on Twitter @lizacisms.

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When it rains, pieces of glass, pottery, and metal rise through the mud in the hills surrounding my Maryland home. The other day, I walked outside barefoot to fetch one of my kid's shoes and a pottery shard stabbed me in the heel. Nursing a minor infection, I wondered how long that fragment dated back.

A neighbor of mine found what he said looked like a cartridge case from an old percussion-cap rifle in his pumpkin patch. He told us that the battle of Monocacy had been fought on these grounds in July 1864, with 1,300 Union and 900 Confederate troops killed or wounded here. The stuff that surfaces in my fields when it storms may or may not be battle artifacts, but it does remind me that the past lingers and that modern America was formed in a civil war.

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