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‘Many people would have held that meeting’: Trump downplays Don Jr.’s willingness to collude with Russia

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Donald Trump on Wednesday tried to downplay the significance of his son, Donald Trump Jr.’s, meeting with a Russian lawyer to obtain information billed as potentially detrimental to Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

The president, who has long-denied that he or members of his campaign had anything to do with Russia, told Reuters he believes “many people would have held that meeting.”

He also insisted he learned about the interaction recently.

“I didn’t know until a couple of days ago when I heard about this,” Trump said of the meeting between Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort and a Russian emissary.

Despite the emails proving that at least some campaign officials had advanced knowledge of Russia’s interest in helping his candidacy, Trump iterated that Russian President Vladimir Putin denied meddling in the 2016 election.

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“I said, did you do it? And he said no, I did not,” Trump said. “Absolutely not. I then asked him a second time in a totally different way. He said absolutely not.”


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The Robert Mueller standard must be overthrown — for the sake of democracy

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Special counsel Robert Mueller’s report is a meticulous and compelling document recounting President Donald Trump’s actions and the informational warfare carried out during the 2016 election by the Russian government. But it contains a serious flaw — and it sents a terrible precedent for the country.

We’re now confronted with that flaw once again as the Justice Department has revealed that the case of the 2016 criminal hush money payments meant to benefit Trump’s campaign has closed. Michael Cohen has already been imprisoned for his part in the scheme, but his testimony, public evidence, and common sense all indicate that Trump, too, was just as culpable.

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Rush Limbaugh admits his attacks on Obama were ‘bogus’ as he attempts to defend Trump

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Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh admitted that Republican fear-mongering over the federal deficit under President Obama was “bogus,” while defending the deficit's explosive rise to $1 trillion under President Trump.

This article originally appeared at Salon.

During Limbaugh’s show on Tuesday, a caller suggested that Republicans should nominate a young fiscal conservative instead of Trump, citing the rising deficit. Limbaugh dismissed the concerns, declaring that fiscal conservatism was basically a sham all along.

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George Takei opens up about being held in an internment camp — and his views on Trump

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At a time when comic books are regularly adapted into superhero movies, George Takei's new graphic memoir "They Called Us Enemy" involves heroes who would also work wonderfully on the silver screen. To be sure, the main characters don't wear colorful costumes or use superpowers, but they are heroes nonetheless — and what they do, in the face of evils no less than those posed by fictional villains, is pretty super too.

This article originally appeared at Salon.

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