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Rep. Chris Collins says he will never answer any questions about securities fraud indictment

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Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) said that he would fight the charges against him for securities fraud, wire fraud and making false statements.

After being arraigned, Collins took the podium and proclaimed his innocence. He explained the back story of his investment and the history with the company. He’s boasted about “making millionaires” in Buffalo with the company’s success, MSNBC’s Chris Hayes said Wednesday.

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Collins said that going forward he would not answer any questions about the case or trial. Hayes noted that he doesn’t anticipate that working for Collins.

“Congressman Collins cheated our market and our justice system in two ways,” said attorney Geoffrey Berman said at a news conference Wednesday. “First, he tipped his son to confidential corporate information at the expense of regular investors. And then he lied about it to law enforcement to cover it up.”

Collins’ district is still a very Republican district, so it is doubtful that a Democrat could prevail there. In a year where Democrats are competitive in GOP seats, however, anything is possible.


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So long, Steve King: 9-term white supremacist GOP congressman from Iowa loses primary

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U.S. Congressman Steve King, a nine-term Republican of Iowa, has just lost his primary to a GOP challenger. It's a huge fall from grace: In 2014 The Des Moines Register labeled the former earth-moving company founder a "presidential kingmaker."

But his racist, white nationalist, white supremacist, anti-immigrant, anti-Semitic, homophobic, transphobic, biphobic remarks and disturbing ties to far right radical European politicians – including one he endorsed who has ties to a neo-Nazi, finally caught up with him.

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When the president’s son-in-law truly was a great success

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For many Americans, the idea of the president tasking his son-in-law with solving national, even international, crises, seems problematic, if not absurd. But it happened once before and turned out to be the kind of “great success story” our current first family wants us to believe in again. Slightly over a century ago, as the US mobilized for the First World War, the nation faced devastating breakdowns of its financial and transport systems. In response, President Woodrow Wilson leaned heavily on his talented and experienced Treasury Secretary, William McAdoo, who just happened to be his son-in-law. Looking back at this episode tells us a lot about what makes for successful emergency management at the highest levels of government.

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Here are 7 ways Donald Trump is just like Henry Ford — and why that’s not good for American democracy

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On May 21, speaking at the Ford Motor Company’s Rawsonville plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan, Donald Trump paid his latest homage to Henry Ford, lauding the family’s “good bloodlines” with Ford’s great grandson sitting in the front row.

Ford, like Trump, was obsessed with bloodlines—with the idea that race and genetic origins determined who counted as the “best people.”

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