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White House bureau chief tells MSNBC: Trump showing ‘anxiety’ over future indictments from Mueller

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The White House bureau chief for The Washington Post on Monday suggested President Donald Trump’s public “anxiety” may stem from a fear of more indictments by special counsel Robert Mueller.

“A lot has happened in the last few weeks in terms of the Mueller investigation and the changing stories,” noted MSNBC anchor Katy Tur. “Could the president be feeling a bit boxed in? More box in now than he has yet?

“Oh, yeah, he could be boxed in, certainly,” the Post‘s Philip Rucker replied.

“I think he feels that way,” he observed. “He certainly appears to be feeling that way based on the anxiety that he is showing publicly in his comments.”

“There are a couple other things going on right now,” Rucker continued. “He is trying to decide whether to do that interview with Robert Mueller. That’s a really consequence juncture for him, it could expose him to some jeopardy — which is why his lawyers are very hesitant to let him do that — but he, of course, thinks he can convince Mueller, so he wants to speak.”

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“They are also waiting for any potential future indictments, there is a feeling that something may be afoot in the special counsel’s office,” Rucker reported. “They are waiting for that.”

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Trump’s tax law threatened TurboTax’s profits — so the company started charging the disabled, the unemployed and students

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The 2017 tax overhaul vastly expanded the number of people who could file simplified tax returns, a boon to millions of Americans.

But the new law directly threatened the lucrative business of Intuit, the maker of TurboTax.

Although the company draws in customers with the promise of a “free” product, its fortunes depend on getting as many customers as possible to pay. It had been regularly charging $100 or more for returns that included itemized deductions for mortgage interest and charitable donations. Under the new law, many wealthier taxpayers would no longer be filing that form, qualifying them to use the company’s free software.

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Trump’s packed Supreme Court backs ‘forced arbitration’ that bars workers from taking abusive bosses to court

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Corporations are rapidly rendering sexual harassment, race and gender discrimination, life-threatening workplaces and wage theft immune to employee legal action.

They achieve this by forcing the vast majority of non-union private-sector workers to sign away their rights to go to court or use class or collective arbitration. Instead many millions of workers are being forced to forgo these efficient legal ways to resolve issues and to file individual arbitration claims.

A new report from the Economic Policy Institute and the Center for Popular Democracy says that by 2024 more than 80% of non-union private-sector workers will find courthouse doors chained shut by forced arbitration clauses that ban lawsuits and collective actions. (EPI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank created in 1986 to press the needs of low- and middle-income workers in economic policy discussions.)

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Corporations can legally put carcinogens in our food without warning labels — here’s why

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A recent study by the Environmental Working Group revealed something horrifying: Glyphosate, the active ingredient in the popular weedkiller Roundup, was present in 17 of the 21 oat-based cereal and snack products at levels considered unsafe for children. That includes six different brands of Cheerios, one of the most popular American cereals.

I've written before about the limits of corporate free speech when it comes to public safety, but on that occasion I discussed this insofar as it involved corporate-sponsored climate change denialism. Yet here we have something more tangible, more direct: The safe glyphosate limit for children is 160 parts per billion (ppb), yet Honey Nut Cheerios Medley Crunch has 833 parts per billion and regular Cheerios has 729 ppb. While the potential risks of glyphosate are fiercely debated, many scientists believe that it is linked to cancer.

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