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New York Times reporter explains what his explosive Rod Rosenstein report means for the Mueller probe

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One of the reporters who penned the bombshell New York Times report alleging Rod Rosenstein recorded his conversations with Donald Trump explained the context surrounding the deputy attorney general’s memos — and why he sees himself as special counsel Robert Mueller’s “protector.”

In a phone interview with MSNBC’s Katy Tur, Washington correspondent Michael Schmidt noted that the bombastic report was focused “what was going on between firing [of former FBI director James Comey] and appointment of Mueller.”

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“We’re looking at what he was considering in that period of time, what he was discussing and what he was telling others,” Schmidt said.

The reporter also noted that Rosenstein sees himself as the “protector of Mueller.”

“He does everything to try to protect Mueller and appease the president,” Schmidt said. He later said that the deputy attorney general is trying to ensure the special counsel can “do everything he can” in spite of concerns that the president may fire one or both of them. 

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New York couple point guns at Black Lives Matter protesters marching past their house

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A New York couple pointed guns at protesters marching past their house during a Black Lives Matter rally, and activists want them to be charged.

Protesters were nearing the end of their parade route when a white man came out of his home shouting obscenities in an apparent attempt to incite the group, and then yelled to his wife to get his gun, reported WNYT-TV.

Hudson Mayor Kamal Johnson, who took part in the march, said the woman came back outside and started waving the gun around.

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Australian columnist aghast at America’s ‘rotten’ COVID-19 response: ‘We are witnessing the fall of a great power’

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A columnist for an Australian newspaper has been watching the United States' response to the novel coronavirus with a mix of shock and horror -- and he now believes "we are witnessing the fall of a great power."

Crispin Hull, an editor and columnist for The Canberra Times, argues in his latest column that President Donald Trump's disastrous handling of the pandemic is symbolic of deep rot within the American political system.

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While coronavirus cases spike in the South, the Northeast seems to have it under control – here’s what changed

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Hospital Capacity Crosses Tipping Point in U.S. Coronavirus Hot Spots” – Wall Street Journal

This is a headline I hoped to not see again after the number of coronavirus infections had finally started to decline in the Northeast and Pacific Northwest. However, the pandemic has now shifted to the South and the West – with Arizona, Florida, California and Texas as hot spots.

At the same time, cases, hospitalizations and the percentage of positive tests in Northeastern states have declined. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently declared, “We now have the lowest transmission rate in the United States of America.” In fact, there are now more daily hospitalizations in Arizona than in New York, Pennsylvania and the entire Northeast combined.

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