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Trump fixer Michael Cohen’s ‘cigar buddy’ busted for racist tirade in 1998

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One of the buddies who President Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen was hanging out with on Friday afternoon was charged with harassing and threatening a black parking attendant, The Guardian reports.

Rotonda was in the back of the group that was seen outside the Loews Regency hotel on the upper East side of Manhattan on Friday afternoon, at the same time Cohen’s attorneys were in court trying to seal documents seized from him by the FBI.

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In December 1998, Jerry Rotonda, who is now an executive at Deutsche Bank and who owns an apartment in Trump World Tower, was charged with violating the civil rights of Shirlene Pierce.

Pierce, who is black, had placed a $20 ticket for an expired meter on Rotonda’s luxury car and he reacted by abusing her with racist statements and threatening to run her over.

“I hope I see you crossing the street so I can run your n—– ass over,” he said, according to press reports from the court case at the time.

He allegedly called her “a stupid n—–,” and said that he would “slap that stupid n—– grin off your face.”

Rotonda told Pierce not to come to to his neighborhood, “where decent people live,” and instead  to “Go back to Dorchester where monkey n—— live.”

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A judge found that there was “sufficient basis” to find Rotonda guilty but then allowed the case to be continued for a year without a finding. He was supposed to pay her $5,000 and apologize in front of her co-workers.

Prosecutors appealed the lenient sentence and in the end his lawyers were able to assure that he received no punishment at all.

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Rick Wilson: Democrats are biting Trump’s ‘bait’ by giving him a big trade win during impeachment

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Conservative strategist Rick Wilson on Tuesday hammered House Democrats for giving President Donald Trump a major bipartisan win on trade at the same time that they are releasing articles of impeachment against him.

Writing in the Daily Beast, Wilson nukes Democrats for trying to show how reasonable and bipartisan they can be at a time when Trump is running roughshod over the Constitution.

"Sadly, there's nothing more predictable and pathetic than Washington Democrats biting the bipartisan rube bait," he writes. "They still believe we live in a world where bipartisan comity sells."

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Conservative shreds Trump for declaring his ‘slightly modified NAFTA’ the best deal ever

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President Donald Trump is touting his trade deal with Canada and Mexico as the greatest deal ever made.

But as conservative Ramesh Ponnuru writes at the National Review, Trump's new North American trade deal is actually just a "a slightly modified version" of NAFTA, which the president regularly called "the worst trade deal ever made."

Ponnuru goes on to detail the small changes made in the new NAFTA and shows how some analyses find that they're positive while others are more bearish, including a particularly pessimistic analysis from the International Monetary Fund.

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READ IT: Democrats release proposed articles of impeachment against Trump

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On Tuesday, House Democrats announced their articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.

The articles, which are expected to be marked up starting Thursday, include abuse of power for attempting to use military aid and a White House meeting to extort the president of Ukraine into investigating the Democratic National Committee and former Vice President Joe Biden's family, and obstruction of Congress, for systematically instructing members of his administration to refuse to comply with subpoenas relating to the impeachment investigation.

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Articles of Impeachment by RawStory on Scribd

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