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‘Could this be any more transparent?’ MSNBC panel crushes Trump’s latest pardon as a signal to Michael Cohen

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An MSNBC panel on Thursday took a hammer to President Donald Trump’s decision to issue a full pardon of right-wing felon Dinesh D’Souza, who pleaded guilty to committing campaign finance fraud in 2014.

Reacting to Trump’s announcement, former federal prosecutor Seth Waxman said that it was a blatant attempt at showing longtime attorney Michael Cohen that he would pardon him if he didn’t implicate the president as part of a plea deal.

“Could this be any more transparent?” he asked. “His ‘fixer’ for ten years is alleged to be involved in passing campaign contributions from others through to his campaign in the context of Stormy Daniels, or passing Russian funds through, and then kind of out of nowhere, Mr. Trump pardons D’Souza, who is accused of doing just that. I can’t see this as anything other than trying to send a message to Michael Cohen… to say I will take care of you in the future, just stand by me.”

Trump biographer Tim O’Brien shared Waxman’s assessment and said pardons such as this one were clear signals to his assorted henchmen that he would reward their loyalty if they refuse to flip on him.

“This could be the president sending signals to the myriad personalities who all have something to say about him that could complicate his life with law enforcement officials,” he agreed. “Absolutely.”

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Progressive reformer claims victory in fiercely-contested Queens DA race

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Progressive reformer Tiffany Cabán has declared victory in her campaign versus Melinda Katz in the Queens District Attorney race.

With 99% of precincts reporting, Cabán held a lead of 1,090 votes, The New York Times reports.

Cabán was backed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

Katz was backed by Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY), who chairs the Queens Democratic Party, and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY)

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New 2020 poll shows Trump trailing all Democrats — some by double-digits

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President Donald Trump trails all of his Democratic rivals in hypothetical matchups of the 2020 presidential race, according to the result of a new poll released Tuesday.

This article originally appeared on Salon.

The survey, conducted by Emerson Polling, found that the president lags behind former vice president Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., by 10 points nationally — 45 percent to 55 percent. He also trails Sen. Elizabeth Warren by six points — 47 percent to 53 percent —and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg by four points — 48 percent to 52 percent.

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Beto O’Rourke’s ‘war tax’ policy proposal is straight out of ‘Starship Troopers’

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Amid an overcrowded Democratic presidential candidate field, it's hard to distinguish yourself from the pack if you don't slot easily into the scale that runs from "pro-corporate centrist" to "left-populist." If you're former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke —  who falls somewhere in the middle, politically, and somewhere towards the top, looks-wise — you pull a militaristic policy proposal out of your hat that recalls some of the most campy pseudo-fascist sci-fi ever written.

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