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Nixon White House attorney John Dean says Devin Nunes should be jailed for ‘betraying national security’

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A key figure from the Watergate scandal which brought down administration of President Richard Nixon believes that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) should serve time in jail for his “scam” of a memo.

John Dean was an associate deputy Attorney General and White House counsel before pleading guilty to obstruction of justice. Dean ended up serving four months in federal detention and was disbarred as an attorney.

“Nunes co-conspirator on the Hill is his staffer Kashyap Patel,” Dean charged.

Patel is the lead Nunes staffer behind the memo. Patel was issued a rare “order of ineptitude” from a federal judge in 2016.

“They both belong in jail for betraying national security with their scam,” he continued.

Dean’s conclusion that prison is necessary for the Nunes memo is notable because of Dean’s role crafting a similar memo.

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On Friday, former Watergate prosecutor Jill Wine-Banks explained the parallels to MSNBC’s Chris Hayes.

“First of all, Richard Nixon asked John Dean to write a whitewash memo, saying he had fully investigated the accusations and that no one in the White House or on the Committee to Re-Elect the President was involved,” Wine-Banks explained.

“That’s what’s this memo was. It is a whitewash,” Wine-Banks said.

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Progressive reformer claims victory in fiercely-contested Queens DA race

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Progressive reformer Tiffany Cabán has declared victory in her campaign versus Melinda Katz in the Queens District Attorney race.

With 99% of precincts reporting, Cabán held a lead of 1,090 votes, The New York Times reports.

Cabán was backed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

Katz was backed by Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY), who chairs the Queens Democratic Party, and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY)

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New 2020 poll shows Trump trailing all Democrats — some by double-digits

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President Donald Trump trails all of his Democratic rivals in hypothetical matchups of the 2020 presidential race, according to the result of a new poll released Tuesday.

This article originally appeared on Salon.

The survey, conducted by Emerson Polling, found that the president lags behind former vice president Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., by 10 points nationally — 45 percent to 55 percent. He also trails Sen. Elizabeth Warren by six points — 47 percent to 53 percent —and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg by four points — 48 percent to 52 percent.

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Beto O’Rourke’s ‘war tax’ policy proposal is straight out of ‘Starship Troopers’

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Amid an overcrowded Democratic presidential candidate field, it's hard to distinguish yourself from the pack if you don't slot easily into the scale that runs from "pro-corporate centrist" to "left-populist." If you're former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke —  who falls somewhere in the middle, politically, and somewhere towards the top, looks-wise — you pull a militaristic policy proposal out of your hat that recalls some of the most campy pseudo-fascist sci-fi ever written.

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