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Vanity Fair reporter spoke to Michael Cohen after guilty plea — and she tells MSNBC why he’s ‘implicating the president’

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Attorney Michael Cohen chose to turn on the president he represented for years, as he pleaded guilty to eight felony counts — including campaign finance violations.

Vanity Fair reporter Emily Jane Fox speaks often to Cohen, and she told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” about her conversation with the disgraced attorney shortly after he pleaded guilty in federal court.

“It was an emotional day for him,” Fox said. “I believe last night he tried to live life as normally as possible, went out to dinner with his wife.”

“I was in the courtroom yesterday, and watched him go through count by count and describe what he did wrong for each count, and he absolutely got emotional as he was describing them,” she continued. “Clearly that’s a hard thing to do, to admit to a packed courtroom full of mostly reporters, here are the eight illegal things I did, and I’m going to explain what I did and how I did them.”

Trump eventually turned on his attorney after the FBI raided his office, and Fox said Cohen eventually gave up the loyalty he has pledged to the president.

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“Implicating the president in counts seven and eight was a deliberate choice, a choice he wrote out ahead of time and spoke to a courtroom filled with reporters,” Fox said. “So that, I think, tells you more about his mindset and how he feels about the president than any interview he’s done.”

“He told me almost exactly a year ago he’d take a bullet for the president,” she added. “Just a striking turn in a year. I’ve watched this whole thing go down, I’ve watched the change firsthand and it’s — yesterday was more striking than I’ve ever seen.”

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Meghan McCain snaps at Sunny Hostin for daring to disagree with her about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

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Meghan McCain slammed President Donald Trump for hurling racist abuse at four Democratic congresswomen to heighten divisions in his rival party, and then framed the debate in the exact same way he has.

The conservative co-host on "The View" condemned the president's statements urging the four first-year lawmakers to return to their home countries as racist, and then complained that one of their chiefs of staff had accused moderate Democrats of turning a blind eye to racism.

"I think the politics of this is fascinating," McCain began. "We spent our entire week last week talking about how racist and xenophobic the original comments and the chants were, and I stand by that statement."

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Here’s the insidious role Sean Hannity played in derailing Al Franken’s political career

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The U.S. Senate lost one of its most prominent liberals when Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota, dogged by sexual harassment allegations, announced his resignation in December 2017. Some of Franken’s defenders believed the Democratic Party was too quick to throw him under the bus; other Democrats stressed that in light of the #MeToo movement, his resignation was absolutely necessary. Franken’s political downfall is the subject of an in-depth report by the New Yorker’s Jane Mayer, who describes — among many other things — the role that Fox News’ Sean Hannity played in the media firestorm.

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The media got it wrong: There’s no evidence GOP support for Trump improved after his racist outburst

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One of the most popular articles last week involved claims that polls showed Republicans had increased their support of President Trump.  But a closer analysis of the data reveals that any increase in support was within the margin of error.  So the polls couldn’t conclude that GOP support for President Trump had gone up or down.

Polls are tricky creatures.  We either give them near god-like status, or discount them entirely, often depending on whether they show us what we want.

I remember the movie “Machete,” where an opportunistic Texas politician fakes his own shooting.  Within five minutes of that story breaking, the news anchor reported that the politician had drastically improved his standing in the polls.  Surveys don’t work that way.

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