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‘He’s got a problem either way’: MSNBC’s Ari Melber nails why Trump lawyer’s goose is cooked

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MSNBC chief legal correspondent and anchor of The Beat, Ari Melber, explained on Wednesday that it appears longtime Donald Trump lawyer Michael Cohen broke either attorney rules or the law in the “hush money” payment to former porn star Stormy Daniels.

“Our top story tonight is both bizarre and important, this right here,” Melber noted, holding up a copy of Stormy Danial lawsuit. “President Donald Trump is playing the role of defendant and potential victim. Stormy Daniels is suing him in this brand-new case, Trump lawyer Michael Cohen still trying to squash any discussion of allegations of this past relationship.”

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“The new suit arguing Daniels should be able to speak out about that alleged relationship, and it makes two arguments,” Melber noted. “One, free speech should allow discussion about the president, but two, Trump didn’t technically sign it.”

Melber noted that Cohen, Trump’s lawyer, may no be finding himself in hot water.

“Under the rules that govern lawyers, Michael Cohen is not allowed to donate his own money on Trump’s behalf,” Melber noted. “So either, he was reimbursed, or he broke these rules to fund this particular payment for Trump, in other words, he’s got a problem either way.”

And at the heart of “hush money” payments is whether Trump was compromised.

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“The prospect that is alluded to here is a president that would with a potential victim of blackmail, of extortion, of yes, foreign compromise,” Melber concluded. “This is a difficult and toxic circle to be tightening around a president, who at this hour is also under criminal investigation Bob Mueller is doing into an alleged international conspiracy.”

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Journalist explains the horrifying ‘scale of the disaster Trump has wrought’ in the Middle East — and worldwide

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On Monday, British journalist Edward Luce laid out the chilling likely consequences of President Donald Trump's abandonment of Kurdish allies in Syria — and how the decision threatens to destroy America's ability to steer world diplomacy:

Worth emphasising the scale of the disaster Trump has wrought in the week since his call with Erdogan. 1. Revived Isis. 2. Cemented Assad’s grip on Syria. 3. Handed Russia yet another geopolitical windfall. 4. Betrayed the Kurds. 5. Immeasurably harmed US power. Thread 1.

— Edward Luce (@EdwardGLuce) October 14, 2019

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Ex-cult member imagines terrifying end game to Trump’s presidency: ‘He might take everyone with him — like Jim Jones’

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President Donald Trump exhibits many signs of "malignant narcissism," according to some psychologists, and his personality profile fits with other notorious cult leaders.

Steven Hassan, a mental health counselor and an expert on mind control, described the alarming similarities he sees between the president and cult leaders like the one whose control he fell under himself as a young man, in a new column for The Daily Beast.

"I have seen that profile up close," Hassan wrote. "Over 40 years ago, while a junior in college, I was recruited into a destructive mind control cult, the Unification Church, popularly known as the Moonies after its leader, Sun Myung Moon."

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‘Crazy as a bag of hammers’ Lindsey Graham mocked for calling Trump’s too-late sanctions on Turkey a ‘game changer’

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As Kurd civilians are slaughtered in Syria after Donald Trump opened the door for Turkey to invade, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) came under withering ridicule for happily announcing the president's agreement to levy economic sanctions of Turkey as a "game changer."

The South Carolina conservative has been harshly critical of the president's decision to move U.S. military personnel out of Syria where they have served as a bulwark againts a Turkish invasion, and now that the slaughter has begun, Graham has been seeking a way to lessen the damage as people are slaughtered.

Late Sunday, Graham tweeted, "Just spoke with President @realdonaldTrump. I applaud his decision to work with Congress to stop Turkeys aggression in Syria through crippling economic sanctions. This decision by President Trump will be a game changer -- in all the wrong ways -- for Turkey."

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