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Betsy DeVos’ brother Erik Prince appears to have lied about ties to Trump campaign in sworn testimony to Congress

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Betsy DeVos’ brother Erik Prince appears to have lied to the House Intelligence Committee while under oath.

The founder of controversial military contracting firm Blackwater was asked whether he had formal communication with the Trump campaign. He claimed that he sent “papers” outlining his foreign policy ideas to Steve Bannon—and put up a Trump yard sign.

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On November 30, 2017, Prince was asked directly if there was “formal communication or contact with the campaign.” He denied any such contacts.

But a new report from the New York Times reveals that Price actually facilitated high-level meetings between Trump and foreign agents on Aug. 3, 2016.

Prince arranged for Donald Trump Jr. to meet with the crown princes who led Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, who were both eager to help Trump Sr. win the presidency.

Prince also arranged a meeting with an Israeli specialist in social media manipulation who created a multimillion-dollar proposal to help elect Trump, according to the Times.

Prince is the brother of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. The two come from a wealthy Southwest Michigan family. Prince is a Naval Academy drop-out and a former intern of Trump-loving California congressman Dana Rohrabacher. He later become the head of a lucrative and controversial mercenary firm that worked in Iraq under George W. Bush.

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The discrepancy has been noted by Mother Jones and analysts on Twitter.

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Donald Trump is the 21st-century Jefferson Davis– and history will judge him

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On Friday, Donald Trump and his wife Melania attended an early Independence Day celebration held at Mount Rushmore.

This article first appeared on Salon.

There were fireworks, a military flyover, and "patriotic" songs such as "The Star-Spangled Banner".

The entire spectacle embodied the worst kind of superficial juvenile patriotism.

More than 130,000 Americans are dead from the coronavirus pandemic. The country teeters on the edge of a second Great Depression. A neofascist regime rules in Washington. Donald Trump is in thrall to Vladimir Putin and Russia and in doing so actively betrays the United States and the American people.

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‘We will not be silenced’: Trump accuses racial justice protesters of trying to wipe out ‘our’ history at Mount Rushmore

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US President Donald Trump bemoaned protests demanding racial justice as "violent mayhem" Friday, but said little about an alarming resurgence of coronavirus cases as he attended a crowded, fireworks-studded Independence Day celebration beneath majestic Mount Rushmore.

Trump, under fire for his response to America's spiraling coronavirus caseload four months before the presidential election, spoke on the eve of the July 4th celebrations before thousands of closely-packed people -- many of whom chanted "Four more years;" few of whom were wearing masks.

In the shadow of four notable predecessors -- George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, whose likenesses are carved into a granite cliff in South Dakota's Black Hills -- the president called on supporters to defend America's "integrity".

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Trump’s message is still ‘white power’: NYT’s Michelle Goldberg

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With so many polls showing President Donald Trump trailing former Vice President Joe Biden, some conservative pundits have been asserting that he needs a stronger message. But liberal New York Times columnist Michelle Goldberg argues that Trump still has a consistent message: racism.

“Trump does indeed have a reelection message, a stark and obvious one," writes Goldberg, a frequent guest on MSNBC. “It is ‘white power.’”

Racism, Goldberg stresses, is something that Trump inevitably turns to when he wants to rally his base.

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