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FBI agents knew about Huma Abedin emails weeks before Comey sent letter: report

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More questions are being raised about how the FBI handled information about emails belonging to Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin that were found on a laptop shared with her husband, disgraced ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner.

According to the Washington Post, FBI investigators had been aware of the emails for weeks before Comey was informed on Thursday.

The FBI director is under heavy fire from both conservatives and liberals for sending a letter to congressional leaders about the emails without specifying what exactly investigators are looking at.

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According to the New Yorker, Attorney General Lorretta Lynch attempted to dissuade Comey from sending the letter describing the possibility that emails might be linked to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s server.

At issue now is why agents waited so long to provide the information to the FBI director.

According to people familiar with the case, the emails were discovered by New York FBI agents after they seized the computer as part of their investigation of Weiner who is alleged to have exchanged explicit messages with a 15-year-old girl.

Investigators believe Abedin also used the laptop, however she denied knowing about them.

The case is additionally tied up by reports that the FBI failed to get a warrant to look into the emails despite taking possession of the computer in early October while looking into the allegations against Weiner.

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Expert explains the psychopathology that underlies Trump’s dictatorial behavior

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I’m not being hyperbolic or melodramatic when I say that democracy itself is on the line on November 3. Donald Trump has been on a mission to subvert our democracy and to push it toward an autocracy. No president has ever disavowed democracy like Trump. No president has ever wanted to change our democratic way of life like Trump.

Trump has shown little interest or intent in following our Constitution. He is not abiding by the emoluments clause. He breaks norms and rules at will. He does not recognize that the three branches of government are co-equal. He operates as if the executive branch has total power. Our democracy is not based on the executive branch having absolute power. It requires that the three branches have separate powers in a check-and-balances system. Trump impugns democracy because it limits his power and requires him to be held accountable.

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‘Donald who?’ Presidential historian predicts GOP support for Trump will erode in the face of a ‘blue wave’

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MSNBC's Jon Meacham predicts that President Donald Trump won't be able to count on Republican support through a lengthy vote-counting process.

The historian and author told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that GOP support may wane if Democrats strengthen their House majority and take over the Senate from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, even if the results of the presidential election aren't known until weeks later.

"There's a much better chance that Joe Biden will end up somewhat centering the Democratic Party than anybody is going to come along and center the Republican Party," Meacham said, "and I think that's an existential threat to a Republican Party that has sold its soul, the check bounced, and they've got to figure out what are they going to do to attempt to be something approaching majority party in this demographically changing country."

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Historian details how ‘anti-science’ views of white evangelicals in the South helped fuel the 2nd wave of COVID-19

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When the coronavirus pandemic was killing thousands of New York City residents in the spring, many far-right Republicans in Texas and the Deep South argued that they shouldn’t be forced to practice social distancing or wear protective face masks because of a Northeastern Corridor problem. They failed to realize that pandemics, from the Black Death in Medieval times to the Spanish flu in 1918/1919, can rapidly spread from one place to another. Historian Laura Ellyn Smith, in a blistering op-ed for the Washington Post, discusses the fact that COVID-19 has been hitting the South so hard recently — and argues that the “anti-science” views of far-right white Christian fundamentalists are partly to blame.

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