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Michael Cohen Took Cash From Russian Oligarch After Election

The Daily Beast can confirm that Donald Trumps personal lawyer Michael Avenatti, porn actress dossier published by Avenatti on Tuesday evening, Vekselberg and his cousin Mr. Andrew Intrater routed eight payments to Mr. Cohen through a company named Columbus Nova LLC beginning in January 2017 and continuing until at least August 2017. The funds, Avenatti suggested, may have been used to reimburse Cohen for the $130,000 hush payment made to Daniels in exchange for her silence about an alleged affair with Trump. Intrater was also a donor to the Republican…

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Michael Cohen Took Cash From Oligarch-Connected Firm After Election

The Daily Beast can confirm that Donald Trumps personal lawyer Michael Avenatti, porn actress dossier published by Avenatti on Tuesday evening, Vekselberg and his cousin Mr. Andrew Intrater routed eight payments to Mr. Cohen through a company named Columbus Nova LLC beginning in January 2017 and continuing until at least August 2017. The funds, Avenatti suggested, may have been used to reimburse Cohen for the $130,000 payment made to Daniels in exchange for her silence about an alleged affair with Trump. Intrater was also a donor to the Republican National…

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LGBT Alarm as President Trump Signs Religious Liberty Executive Order

In a Thursday morning Rose Garden ceremony marking the National Day of Prayer, President Trump signed an executive order creating a new faith initiative that will be tasked with working on Religion News Servicewill help ensure that faith-based organizations have equal access to government funding and equal right to exercise their deeply-held beliefs, Trump said. But if those last three wordsdeeply-held beliefssound familiar, its because they are often used to justify anti-religious freedom. Indeed, LGBT advocates say that the executive order is yet another federal action that could potentially encourage…

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Michelle Wolfs WHCD Honesty Is What America Needs Right Now

The White House Correspondents Association dinner is a celebration of the role of the press in upholding American democracy. The day after the dinner, however, has evolved to be a celebration of a different sort: a circle jerk of self-serious bad comedy opinions, and an annual reminder that the political press is, collectively, a gaggle of unfunny dorks who should probably be forced to watch somebody smarter than they are make fun of them more often. Theres been Daily Show correspondent Michelle Wolf, was mean to White House press secretary…

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Judge Hands Defeat to Trump and Cohen Over FBI Raid: Youve Miscited the Law

President Donald Trump and his longtime attorney Michael Cohen both lost a court challenge related to the FBIs seizure of Cohens documents they both claim are protected by attorney-client privilege. Cohen had asked a federal judge for The materials seized by FBI agents from Cohens home, office, safety deposit box, and hotel room includes documents relating to communications with the president of the United States covered by the attorney-client privilege, Cohens lawyer, Todd Harrison, said in Mondays letter to Wood. Prosecutors have said that they went to extreme lengths to…

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Anthony Bourdains Journey Deep Into the Heart of Trump Country: I Was Utterly Disarmed

It was never really about food, from the culinary to the cultural in July 2006, when he and his crew found themselves trapped in Beirut during the Second Lebanon War, a 34-day military conflict between the Israel Defense Forces and Iran-funded Hezbollah terrorists. The second-season finale to No Reservations, the previous iteration of Parts Unknown, documented that chaotic, war-torn week in Beirut, and earned an Emmy nomination. The show has broadened its scope since its move to CNN in 2013, and, entering its 11th seasonwhich premieres on April 29is now…

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Roseanne Roseanne Keeps Promoting QAnon, the Pro-Trump Conspiracy Theory That Makes Pizzagate Look Tame

On Friday night, the Trump-supporting actress had secretly been taken out and swapped with an imposter as part of a massive deep state conspiracy. Roseanne, Barrs 1990s show about a blue-collar Illinois family, spent 21 years off air before returning Tuesday to a massive viewership of more than 18 million. Trump called Barr to congratulate her on the ratings. Since the shows last episode in 1997, Barrs politics have taken a sharp turn right, with the actress voicing her support for Trump as well as a number of fringe conspiracy…

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Rudy Giuliani Joining Trumps Legal Team For the Good of the Country

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is joining President Donald Trumps personal legal team to help with Special Counsel Bob Muellers probe into potential Russian meddling in the 2016 election, Trump has had notable difficulties in recruiting new lawyers. And in the former New York City Mayor, he has brought on board a close ally with strong roots in the legal world. Giuliani served as the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York during the 1980s. But his past several decades have been spent predominantly in…

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Feds Are Treating Michael Cohen Like a Mob Lawyer, Trump Allies Say

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan are treating personal attorney. The news that FBI agents raided his office appeared to leave the president shaken, and he told a pool spray of reporters a few hours after it broke that he was now considering firing special counsel Bob Mueller. The raid was handled by the Southern District of New York, not Muellers office. Lawyers told The Daily Beast that raiding lawyers offices isnt unheard ofbut is generally used for lawyers who work with alleged members of organized crime, or for lawyers who are…

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FBI Raid on Michael Cohen Is the Most Dangerous Day of Donald Trumps Life

screaming threats, shit-tier legal theorizing, and putting his strip-mall law degree to work in service of Donald Trump. Cohen, far from being the superlawyer to a billionaire real-estate tycoon, really only has one important job: wall of nondisclosure agreements. Master of the NDA, Cohen thought attorney-client privilege would protect him. He forgot he had a fool for a client. Trump Ray Donovan made him a kind of overwrought, grunting thug character destined for the cutting-room floor in even the most lurid soap-opera script. Cohen, though, should be understood as an…

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Its Time for Paul Ryan to Remove Devin Nunes

At a time when insane is the new normal, our ability to be outraged is dulled amid daily incoming. But Republicans on the House Intelligence Committeeled by their chairman, with Thursdays revelation that they leaked to Fox News texts from Senate Intelligence Committee Co-Chairman Mark Warner and a Russian businessman in a desperate attempt to discredit the senator. Those texts were then retweeted by our president, in a brushback pitch for Warners insistence on investigating Russias meddling in the 2016 electionand potential collusion with the Trump campaignwithout fear or favor.…

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The Problem Isnt Just Trump. Its Our Ignorant Electorate.

For many of us, mornings have taken on a certain nauseating sameness. We roll out from beneath the blankets and, before the scent of coffee has reached our nostrils, we are checking the news feeds for the latest semi-literate tweet coughed up by the ranting, traitorous squatter occupying the Oval Office. The rest of the day is spent in a kind of horrified suspension, holding our breath, waiting for whatever outrage will inevitably belch forth from the White Houseonce a bastion of seriousness and decorum, now ground zero for the…

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The Right Can’t Fight the Future

It seems axiomatic that the past and the future cannot exist at the same time. Thanks to the space-time continuum, people from different centuries cannot live simultaneously. The same goes for a nation, which cannot survive pulling toward the future and toward the past at once. The United States is at a fulcrum. We are two countriesone lurching for the future, one yearning for the pastthat cannot live together, because we cant be both things. Donald Trump may have brought on the breaking point, but he didnt create the schism.…

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Parkland Students to President Trump: Stay Far Away From Us

PARKLAND, FloridaTwo days after enduring a horrific school tweeted on Thursday that Neighbors and classmates knew [Cruz] was a big problem" and that, in such cases, people Must always report such instances to authorities, again and again! The missive left several students at the school livid, with some angirly responding to the president with tweets of their own. "How is this our fault?" did receive a tip about Cruz in January, but failed to transmit the warning to its Miami field office. On Thursday, Trump made his first public statement…

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Trump Tells Shooting Survivors: Solution to Your Problem Is More Guns in School

While meeting with survivors of last weeks school shooting, President Donald Trump on Wednesday endorsed the idea of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the president sat for a roundtable discussion with some survivors and their families, teachers, and parents of Sandy Hook and Columbine victims, and listened to their harrowing stories, impassioned pleas, and thoughts on how to prevent future massacres. When Trump spoke about proposed solutions, he suggested that arming teachers in their classrooms could act as a deterrent when a gunman enters a school. If…

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