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CNN political analyst calls BS on Trump booster for claiming Cohen paid Stormy Daniels ‘to preserve his client’s marriage’

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Paul Begala and Steve Cortes

Steve Cortes, a onetime member of Trump campaign’s Hispanic advisory council, was the subject of ridicule Friday after he suggested to fellow CNN co-panelists that the president’s longtime attorney paid Stormy Daniels $130,000 to protect his client’s marriage.

The former Trump campaign adviser argued, as many others have, that the president’s voters knew what they were getting when they elected him — and that the recent FBI raid on Cohen regarding the Daniels payment is a “witch hunt.”

Agreeing with CNN political analyst Jeffrey Toobin and even Cortes’ assertion that Americans knew who Trump was when voting for him, Clinton White House adviser Paul Begala said that it’s possible Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen arranged the payment to affect the outcome of the 2016 election — an act that could feasibly be a violation of campaign finance law.

“Trump should have said, ‘look, okay, I made a mistake in my marriage,'” Begala continued. “It would have been fine, but you can’t spend 100, if in fact they did, spend $130,000 to affect the election and not report it, not disclose it.”

“What if it wasn’t to affect the election?” Cortes asked. “I’m not saying it happened, but let’s say he did. Let’s say he did sleep with Stormy Daniels. Wouldn’t it be plausible, at least, Paul, that this money might have been spent to preserve his marriage?”

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“Two weeks before the election?” Begala said, smiling. “No. Sorry. The affair happened like 10 years ago.”

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‘Pure and simple evil’: MSNBC’s Morning Joe and Mika destroy Trump’s ‘racist and illegal’ taunts against Omar

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski warned that President Donald Trump's attacks on Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) were both illegal and racist -- as well as an incitement to violence.

The "Morning Joe" co-hosts were appalled by the crowd's reaction -- chanting "send her back" -- to Trump attacks at a Greensboro, North Carolina, rally.

"Republicans shamed themselves by not calling racism, racism," Scarborough said. "I saw some people actually write columns that used to be respected trying to excuse the president's language and saying it's not racist, but the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the federal agency that Donald Trump oversees that enforces laws against discrimination, specifically outlined such language that the president used last night and that his crowd used last night as an example of bias."

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Blood-soaked ‘It’ sequel jolts Comic-Con to life

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San Diego Comic-Con kicked off with a chorus of shrieks -- and gallons of blood -- as New Line Cinema unveiled spine-chilling footage from "It: Chapter 2," the sequel to the highest-grossing horror movie of all time.

The Warner Bros-owned studio used Wednesday's preview night of the world's largest pop culture fan gathering to showcase its concluding film of Stephen King's 1986 novel about a terrifying clown who lurks in the sewers, preying on children's most nightmarish fears.

The adaptation was split into two by director Andy Muschietti -- the first part, released in 2017, took a stunning $700 million at the global box office.

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Neglected and dirty, ‘Christ of Theft’ statue poses dilemma for Peru

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A giant statue of Jesus Christ that looms over Lima is causing controversy in Peru because of its financing by the graft-tainted Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht and late ex-president Alan Garcia.

The 37-meter (121-foot) acrylic and concrete structure, which cost $800,000, is viewed by some as a symbol of corruption, giving rise to a local nickname 'Christ of Theft.' Thousands are demanding its removal.

A few weeks ago, the Es Momento (It's Time) non-governmental organization began a campaign to have the statue, which sits on the Chorrillos mountain to Lima's south, taken down.

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