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CNN’s Paul Begala: Trump University fraud case is ‘Ebola’ for the Republican Party

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CNN Democratic strategist Paul Begala argued on Thursday that a fraud case against GOP front-runner Donald Trump’s so-called “University” was far more damaging to the Republican Party than Hillary Clinton’s email scandal.

Host Alisyn Camerota asked Begala during an interview on CNN’s New Day if news that the Justice Department had granted immunity to a former State Department staffer who set up Clinton’s private email server would impact her campaign.

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“This should have been done months ago,” Begala admitted. “This guy has a right to assert his Fifth Amendment [privilege]. It’s not helpful, frankly, to Hillary’s campaign that he did so… It’s a hiccup for her campaign.”

The strategist asserted, however, that the email scandal was a “huge difference from the Ebola virus” that was “plaguing” Republicans after a New York appeals court ruled on Tuesday that a fraud case against Trump University could go forward.

“As a strategist, would I rather have some guy talking about emails — that’s kind of not great,” Begala said, “or the New York Attorney General suing my client for fraud? It’s a pretty bad deal for Mr. Trump.”

In a statement on Tuesday, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman vowed to get justice for thousands of former Trump University students who say they were bilked out of millions of dollars.

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“We look forward to demonstrating in a court of law that Donald Trump and his sham for-profit college defrauded more than 5,000 consumers out of millions of dollars,” Schneiderman said.

Watch the video below from CNN’s New Day, broadcast March 3, 2016.

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Trump approves of North Korea missile tests: ‘I have no problem’ because they’re just ‘short-range missiles’

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On Thursday, in conversation with reporters, President Donald Trump said that he had 'no problem' with North Korea's new round of missile tests.

"Short-range missiles, we never made an agreement on that," said Trump. "I have no problem, we'll see what happens, but these are short-range missiles. They're very standard."

The thought that short-range missiles would still be capable of hitting our allies in the region, like South Korea and Japan, does not seem to have occurred to him.

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Trump says he has "no problem" with North Korea testing missiles because they are just "short-range missiles" that are "very standard." pic.twitter.com/fdKtQ6yrBE

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Russian Twitter propaganda predicted 2016 US election polls

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When Robert Mueller completed his long-awaited investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, he left many questions unanswered.

But one conclusion was unequivocal: Russia unleashed an extensive campaign of fake news and disinformation on social media with the aim of distorting U.S. public opinion, sowing discord and swinging the election in favor of the Republican candidate Donald Trump.

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Beto O’Rourke calls for a ‘war tax’ in release of health care plan for veterans

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The Democratic presidential candidate uses his eighth policy announcement to focus on an area that he prioritized in Congress.

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke on Monday morning released a plan to improve the lives of veterans, returning to an area of priority during his time in the U.S. House for his latest 2020 policy rollout.

In keeping with measures he supported in Congress, the plan calls for a "responsible end" to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — reinvesting $1 out of every $2 saved in veterans programs — and the creation of a Veterans Health Care Trust Fund for each future war. The fund would be paid for by a "war tax" on households without service members or veterans.

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