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Conservative ‘Washington Free Beacon’ commissioned and funded first half of salacious dossier

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Conservative news site “Washington Free Beacon” told the House Intelligence Committee Friday that they were behind the commissioning and funding of the anti-Donald Trump dossier by Chris Steele.

The New York Times cited the Free Beacon as having funded the project with Fusion GPS in the fall of 2015 as Trump was beginning his campaign. The funding of it lasted until Spring 2016, when it became obvious Trump was the GOP nominee. At that point, it was picked up by the Democratic National Committee.

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The arrangement between the two companies went into researching many GOP candidates as part of news stories. Sources claimed that at the time Russia was not a focus of the dossier.

Republicans have attempted to distance themselves and focus on the fact that the dossier was funded for several months by Democrats.

The Free Beacon is funded primarily by billionaire Paul Singer, who runs a New York hedge fund. However, an associate of Singer’s said that he was not aware that Steele was involved in the dossier until January 2017, when the dossier was made public.

Singer supported Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) until he dropped out. After that, Singer became a leading funder of the “Never Trump” efforts to block him from the GOP nomination.

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Trump is panicking because ‘his reality show sees cancellation on the horizon’: Columnist

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On Monday, Eugene Robinson wrote a Washington Post op-ed suggesting President Donald Trump is self-destructing because "his reality show sees cancellation on the horizon."

"Evidence suggests that Trump is melting down. Again. And for good reason," wrote Robinson. "Fears of a global recession, greatly exacerbated by Trump's erratic and self-destructive trade policies, have sent financial markets tumbling. A sharp downturn would close off one of the principal lines of attack the president was hoping to use against his Democratic opponent. He tried it out at a rally in New Hampshire last week: 'You have no choice but to vote for me,' he told the crowd, 'because your 401(k)'s down the tubes, everything's gonna be down the tubes' if he loses. 'So whether you love me or hate me, you gotta vote for me.'"

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Fox News promotes conspiracy theory on screen — and downplays terrorism in El Paso

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Fox News is promoting another conspiracy theory on the network that purports to be a real news source.

During Monday's episode of "The Five," the lower third of the screen read: "NYT to focus on race after Russian collusion fails."

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— Max Tani (@maxwelltani) August 19, 2019

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Trans Republican pens scathing op-ed calling out Log Cabin Republicans

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President Donald Trump told LGBTQ people he would be their greatest ally and protector as president. After the attack on the Pulse Nightclub, Trump claimed such terrorism wouldn't happen in his administration. Not only was it a lie, Trump failed to protect straight Americans from domestic terrorism in El Paso too. It has prompted one transgender Republican to attack the Log Cabin Republicans for being so willing to endorse Trump.

The Republican Party passed a rule that it wouldn't endorse anyone other than Trump in 2020, despite being opposed by at least one well-known challenger so far. It's unclear if the Log Cabin Republicans are following that same lead, but Massachusettes Republican Jordan Evans wrote in The Advocate, that she opposed the decision by the organization.

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