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Trump-Russia dossier originally commissioned by ‘unknown GOP donor’ then funded by Clinton and DNC: report

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The infamous dossier alleging collusion between Donald Trump’s campaign and officials from the Russian government was funded by an unknown Republican client during the GOP primary, then by Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee, the Washington Post reports.

The research firm Fusion GPSwhich commissioned former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele to investigate ties between Trump and Russiawas originally bankrolled by a Republican client, and was later hired by Marc E. Elias, a lawyer for the Clinton campaign and DNC.

The unidentified Republican donor began funding the firm’s research during the Republican presidential primaries. Clinton and the DNC funded Fusion GPS’ research until just days before election day. After the election, the FBI agreed paid Steele to continue gathering information about Trump and Russia, according to the Post.

The dossier is reportedly being used as a “roadmap” for multiple federal and Congressional investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign. It’s unclear how much of the dossier’s contents—which were published by BuzzFeed less than two weeks before Trump’s inauguration—were made known to people within the Clinton campaign.

New York Times reporter Kenneth Vogel on Tuesday wrote on Twitter that when he originally tried to report the story, Elias “pushed back vigorously.”

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Trump’s first term: hits and misses

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"Promises made, promises kept," goes one of President Donald Trump's main 2020 reelection slogans. Is that true?

Here are some of the key policy hits and misses -- comparing his accomplishments to his promises -- from a tumultuous first term.

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Economy:

The economy will be Trump's major selling point.

GDP grew 3.1 percent in the first quarter of 2019 and the last recession was a decade ago. Unemployment is at a 50-year low of 3.6 percent.

Trump's frequent claim that the economy is probably "the best" in US history is an exaggeration, though.

Economists see growing dangers, including exploding government debt and growing backlash from Trump's aggressive trade policies, especially with China.

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The racist roots of American policing

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Outrage over racial profiling and the killing of African Americans by police officers and vigilantes in recent years helped give rise to the Black Lives Matter movement.

But tensions between the police and black communities are nothing new.

There are many precedents to the Ferguson, Missouri protests that ushered in the Black Lives Matter movement. Those protests erupted in 2014 after a police officer shot unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown; the officer was subsequently not indicted.

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Ocasio-Cortez: ‘We’re Going to Fight to Repeal the Hyde Amendment’

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) started a petition Saturday seeking to repeal the Hyde Amendment, which bars the use of federal funds for abortions, arguing the restriction overwhelmingly harms low-income Americans and women of color. AOC emailed her supporters:

“Since 1976, our government has banned federal funding for abortion care — specifically, for Medicaid recipients. Countless studies have shown that due to this amendment, millions of women have been forced to go through with pregnancies that, given the funding, they would have otherwise terminated. "

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