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Fox News’ Judge Jeanine Pirro whines Paul Manafort is being mistreated in jail with solitary confinement

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Fox News’ Judge Jeanine Pirro suggested Tuesday that onetime Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s solitary confinement in federal prison is a form of mistreatment — and also claimed there are prisoners alongside him who are in the clink for lying to Congress.

“He’s 70 years old, in solitary confinement 23 hours a day,” Pirro told Fox Business’ Lou Dobbs, “while all of the other bozos are walking around, we’ve seen them actually commit crimes like lying to Congress.”

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The Fox News personality didn’t expand on the claim that Manafort is jailed alongside people convicted of perjuring themselves in front of Congress. She also didn’t note the apparent amenities that accompanied his “solitary confinement” — and why he was placed there to begin with.

In early July, Manafort was placed in solitary confinement or his own safety — a move his own lawyers recommended — as he awaited trial. Less than a week after news of his move to solitary was reported, special counsel Robert Mueller revealed in court that Manafort had been bragging about getting “VIP” treatment in solitary that included the use of a cell phone and laptop.

On July 10, Manafort was subsequently moved to the Alexandria Detention Center after his attorneys complained of a hardship driving to the Northern Virginia jail where he was previously held. At that jail, Manafort joked he was getting the VIP treatment with access to a phone and a laptop in his cell. When Judge Ellis agreed to move Manafort to the Alexandria Detention Center, his lawyers quickly withdrew their complaint and asked that Manafort not be moved. He was moved anyway. It is unknown what amenities Manafort has there.

Earlier in the segment, Dobbs and Pirro lauded Manafort’s judge, T.S. Ellis, for being “so directly critical” of the Mueller probe even in the face of “attorneys rolling their eyes” at him and prosecutors “not looking him in the eye when he’s addressing them from the bench.”

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‘Megalomaniacal, paranoid, and psychopathic’: Economist sounds the alarm on Trump’s ‘bottomless malevolence’

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Economist Jeffrey Sachs, a professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University, has written a frightening warning about President Donald Trump's "paranoid and psychopathic" leadership style, and he says it could have disastrous consequences for the world if he wins a second term.

In an essay published at progressive news website Common Dreams, Sachs argues that it would be a grave mistake to treat Trump like a cynical politician, when in reality he is an impulsive and vindictive narcissist who acts on his angry whims.

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Trump baselessly accuses Democratic lawmaker of ‘violence’?? in insane tweet

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President Donald Trump, in a strangely giddy and unhinged tweet on Tuesday baselessly accused Democratic U.S. Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib of “violence.”

“Sorry, I don’t buy Rep. Tlaib’s tears. I have watched her violence, craziness and, most importantly, WORDS, for far too long,” Trump tweeted. “Now tears? She hates Israel and all Jewish people. She is an anti-Semite. She and her 3 friends are the new face of the Democrat Party. Live with it!”

It’s unclear what the president was referring to when he accused the Michigan Congresswoman of violence, but his other remarks appear to be directed at a press conference she held Monday.

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Just in case you wanted to believe that the Trump administration isn’t on a campaign to trample rights for Americans, here comes the Labor Department to shove a grapefruit in your face.

Labor officials have made public a new rule—no Congress, needed, thank you—to allow companies contracting with the federal government who are “religion-exercising organizations” to ignore federal laws protecting the rights of gays, transsexuals, and who knows who else in hiring or workplace practices. Religious employers and companies with “closely held” religious ties now will be shielded from claims of bias in court or other law enforcement actions, says the rule.

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