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Sarah Sanders struggles to explain away Trump hiring convicted felons as she’s grilled over Cohen and Manafort

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White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Wednesday dismissed the fact that President Donald Trump had hired multiple convicted felons who have worked either for his administration or as part of his presidential campaign.

When one reporter asked Sanders about whether Trump broke his promise that he would only hire “the best” people to work for him, Sanders shrugged it off by claiming that only a small percentage of the president’s employees had been convicted of felonies.

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“The president has employed thousands of people in his lifetime and had incredible successes, both in business and in public service,” she said. “He’s the president of the United States, I think he’s doing quite well.”

On Tuesday, former Trump attorney Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to eight felony counts, while former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort was found guilty of eight felony counts. During the trial against Manafort, former Trump deputy campaign chairman Rick Gates admitted under oath to committing felonies at Manafort’s behest.

Additionally, former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn last year pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, as did former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos.

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In extreme crises, conservatism can turn to fascism. Here’s how that might play out

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5 movie "Back to the Future," Marty McFly (played by Michael J. Fox) travels in a time machine from the 1980s to the 1950s. When he tells people of the '50s he is from the '80s, he is met with skepticism.

1950s person: Then tell me, future boy, who's President of the United States in 1985?

This article first appeared at Salon.com.Marty McFly: Ronald Reagan.

1950s person: Ronald Reagan? The actor? [chuckles in disbelief] Then who's vice president? Jerry Lewis [comedian]?

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Who are the young people behind the Catalonia protest violence?

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The violent protests that have swept Catalonia over the jailing of nine separatist leaders have involved veteran anarchists and youthful troublemakers as well as outraged separatists, some of whom became radicalised only recently.

"I am 24, have a masters and a job and I never imagined myself setting fire to a barricade with my face masked," said one protester who gave her name only as Aida.

She has joined in protests every day since they erupted in the region after Spain's Supreme Court on Monday sentenced nine Catalan separatist leaders to up to 13 years in jail for sedition over a failed 2017 independence bid.

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Body language expert dissects the power dynamic at play in the iconic Nancy Pelosi photo

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Last week, President Donald Trump met with Democrats at the White House to discuss the way both sides could work to fix the President's mistakes in Syria. Democrats left the White House saying that the President had another meltdown during the meeting, which prompted Trump to claim Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was the one who had a meltdown. He then posted photos of Pelosi sitting quietly and another photo of Pelosi standing and pointing at him.

Body language expert Dr. Jack Brown posted the photo and gave his own analysis of what he believed was happening in the photo.

"When a person has little or no empathy — and/or when they're far from their emotional baseline, their ability to interpret how others will view an event becomes dramatically distorted," Brown explained Sunday. "Rarely has this behavioral axiom been better exemplified than last Wednesday at the White House."

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