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Montana Green Party senate candidate was on GOP payroll — and runs an nativist anti-college group

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Depending on who you ask, the Green Party is either the one unsullied edifice of progressivism or a useful tool in Conservative conspiracies to sow division on the left and undermine Democrats.

Historians will be arguing about Jill Stein’s 2016 presidential run a century from now. But when it comes to Montana’s Timothy Adams, who is running on the newly certified Green Party ticket, there is no question. Adams is not only a conservative who heads an anti-tax group, the Associated Press reports, he’s also a recent former employee of the state Republican party. Adams has previously made headlines by filing elections complaints against Democrats.

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Adams is running to siphon votes off centrist Democrat Sen. Jon Tester. So far, top Republicans in that state have stayed out of the race.

The state’s Green Party officials signed off on this. Green Party boss Danielle Breck told the AP that she “spoke to all of the candidates who filed under the party’s name” and “reviewed with the candidates the Green Party’s four pillars and 10 key points.”

“We don’t actually have any ability to deny candidates to file under our name,” Breck said.

Adams is also a leader at Montanans Against Higher Taxes, which is ostensibly an anti-tax group, but which is mostly focused on railing against the state’s higher education system which these free-market enthusiasts complain drive up costs for locals because it draws “students from out-of-state with trust funds and blank checks from student loans” who want a new dorm with “a ski-tuning room.” The group is especially angry about Californians coming to the state for an education. The group also alleges that the students party too hard. In other posts, the group also claims that CNN colluded with Hillary Clinton.

Timothy Adams filed as a challenger Monday against Democratic Sen. Jon Tester, who faces a tough re-election campaign, in a race where a Green Party candidate could siphon votes from the Democrat.

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Trump has committed 6 impeachable offenses: Harvard Law’s Laurence Tribe says ‘the evidence is all there’

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Constitutional law expert Laurence Tribe broke down the six impeachable offenses President Donald Trump has committed during a Thursday appearance on MSNBC's "The Last Word" with Lawrence O'Donnell.

Tribe has argued 36 cases before the United States Supreme Court and taught at Harvard Law for 50 years. He co-authored the 2018 book To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment with Joshua Matz.

"Everyone was in the loop, it was no secret. That was the testimony from Ambassador Gordon Sondland yesterday as he implicated the president, Secretary of State, White House chief of staff, and former National Security Advisor John Bolton and other administration officials in the plot to bribe the president of Ukraine to publicly launch an investigation into Joe Biden in exchange for U.S. military aid to Ukraine that was authorized by Congress and that the president was withholding," O'Donnell reported.

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Rachel Maddow breaks down how public opinion is catching up with the facts of Trump’s impeachment

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MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow on Thursday broke down how the details from the televised impeachment hearings are being reported in local newspapers.

The host read the headlines from multiple newspapers following the damning testimony by Ambassador Gordon Sondland.

The Los Angels Times headlined, "Sonland implicates president." "Envoy says Trump directed effort," was The Wall Street Journal headline.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch headlined, "'Everyone was in the loop. It was no secret': Defiant Sondland says he followed Trump's orders."

"Trump directed pressure on Ukraine, ambassador says," headlined The Kansas City Star.

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Shep Smith blasts autocrats in first public remarks since leaving Fox News — and donates $500,000 to protect journalists

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On Thursday, for the first time since exiting Fox News, reporter Shepard Smith gave public comments at the International Press Freedom Awards — and used the occasion to blast autocratic leaders who use their power to suppress journalism.

"Intimidation and vilification of the press is now a global phenomenon. We don’t have to look far for evidence of that,” said Smith. "Our belief a decade ago that the online revolution would liberate us now seems a bit premature, doesn’t it? Autocrats have learned how to use those same online tools to shore up their power. They flood the world of information with garbage and lies, masquerading as news. There’s a phrase for that."

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