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Charles Blow: Omarosa’s a back-stabbing ‘Machiavellian genius’ who exposed definitively that ‘Trump has a race problem’

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Progressive commentator and New York Times columnist Charles Blow launched into former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault-Newman, who has gone on a tour of interviews since being fired earlier this week.

Blow said that the media blitz seems like the “wrath of Omarosa.”

Describing the former reality television star, Blow said that she has a “Machiavellian genius that allows her to smile in your face and stab you in the back.”

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In an interview with ABC News Friday, Omarosa described President Donald Trump’s problem with people of color, saying he is “racial, not racist.”

“I will acknowledge many of the exchanges, particularly in the last six months, have been racially charged,” she said. “Do we then just stop and label him as a racist? No.”

Blow called the interview probably one of the most devastating to come out of a former member of Trump’s inner circle.

“She’s essentially confessing that he has a race problem,” he continued. “The semantic kind of intellectual line that he is ‘racial’ rather than ‘racist’ is very thin. You might want to frame it as an argument about intent and malice. It’s kind of like murder versus manslaughter. You could make a real argument whether or not the person was acting with intent and malice, but the other person is still dead. So, the effect is the same.”

Blow explained that she was confessing “a real feature of the man.” This comes after Blow said she defended Trump while on a panel asking the moderators, “What do you want me to do? Walk away?” Blow said it’s exactly what she’s doing now.

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Federal Judges Association calls emergency meeting to discuss AG Barr as crisis ‘could not wait’: report

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The independent Federal Judges Association will hold an emergency meeting on Tuesday to discuss Attorney General Bill Barr's intervention into politically sensitive cases to help President Donald Trump.

Philadelphia U.S. District Judge Cynthia Rufe, who heads the group, told USA Today the meeting "could not wait."

Rufe was nominated by President George W. Bush.

She said the group called for the meeting after the Department of Justice interference in the prosecution of longtime Trump accomplice Roger Stone.

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WATCH: CNN justice reporter discusses next steps in Roger Stone case

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On Monday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," justice correspondent Evan Perez walked through the next steps in the sentencing of President Donald Trump's former campaign strategist Roger Stone, following a week in which the president and the Justice Department appeared to intervene in the case.

"We know that the president's longtime confidant and friend Roger Stone, supposedly he's going to be sentenced later this week," said anchor Wolf Blitzer. "What is the latest we are hearing?"

"The latest is that the judge overseeing this, Amy Berman Jackson, has scheduled a conference call tomorrow to discuss some of the things that went on, and so many things that happened last week, Wolf, including four prosecutors who quit the case," said Perez. "She has yet to even acknowledge the fact that those four prosecutors are no longer there. So, for now, it appears he is going to be sentenced this week, and he has requested twice for the judge to declare a new trial, and we don't expect it is going to happen, and certainly, tomorrow, we will get to the first indication of her reaction to what went on at the Justice Department last week."

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Americans arrive home from virus-infected cruise ship

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More than 300 Americans rescued from a cruise ship quarantined off Japan because of the new coronavirus arrived back in the US Monday for two more weeks of medical seclusion, as concern rose over passengers who dispersed around the globe after leaving another ship in Cambodia.

The COVID-19 virus death toll exceeds 1,700 in China, where it has infected more than 70,500. Elsewhere, hundreds more have been infected and the virus has sparked panic buying, economic jitters as well as the cancellation of high-profile sporting and cultural events.

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