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Rachel Maddow may have discovered the legal defense fund for Trump staffers caught up in the Russia probes

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MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Thursday announced that her team appears to have found the legal defense fund for aides embroiled in probes surrounding President Donald Trump.

Discovered on the website for the Office of Government Ethics, the “Patriot Legal Defense Fund” was created on January 30 to “provide assistance paying legal expenses for persons involved in the investigations by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III,” as well as the Senate and House intelligence committees “regarding Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election and related matters.”

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In late November 2017, White House lawyer Ty Cobb announced the plan for the fund after it was revealed that the Trump campaign was paying the legal fees for the president and his eldest son. As the New York Times revealed earlier Thursday, that practice continues — a quarter of Trump’s re-election donations are used to pay for legal representation.

Speaking to NBC News on November 22, 2017, Cobb said the fund would not cover the fees for “indictees or current targets” of the probe, which includes former Trump adviser Michael Flynn and campaign aide Rick Gates, the deputy to one-time campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

As of press time, Maddow said she and her team do not know who the Patriot Legal Defense Fund will cover or where the money’s coming from — only that the OGE, who admitted that they do not “approve or disapprove of specific legal defense funds,” said its existence does not break any laws.

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‘A coward and a commander’: New Lincoln Project ad contrasts Trump with James Mattis

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On Friday, the conservative anti-Trump group The Lincoln Project released a new attack ad against President Donald Trump — this time using the criticism of his former Defense Secretary James Mattis, and comparing and contrasting their leadership ability.

"This is the story of a coward and a commander," said the ad's narrator. "The coward Trump dodged the draft. Jim Mattis led American troops for forty years. While a frightened Trump hides from protesters in a deep bunker firing off tweets, Jim Mattis does what he's always done: Leads. While Donald Trump angrily attacks, General Mattis' words deserve to be heard by every American."

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NFL Commissioner Goodell apologizes for league’s indifference to players’ protests against racism

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On Friday, CNN reported that National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell is acknowledging his organization turned a blind eye when his athletes took a knee to protest racism and police violence, and issued a formal apology.

"We, the National Football League, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest," Goodell said in a newly released Instagram video. "It has been a difficult time for our country. In particular, black people in our country. First, my condolences to the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and all the families who have endured police brutality."

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Earth Has Hottest May on Record

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"This is unquestionably an alarming sign."

The Earth just experienced its hottest May on record, scientists said Friday—just a day after it was announced that atmospheric CO2 levels hit a new high.

Scientists at Europe's Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) announced the temperature record Friday. The agency said that globally, last month 0.63°C warmer than the 1981-2020 average for May. That tops the previous warmest May, which occurred in 2016, by 0.05°C.

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