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Special counsel Robert Mueller now has Roger Stone’s ‘oldest confidant as a cooperating witness’: report

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The guilty plea and cooperation agreement by former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is bad news for Republican operative Roger Stone, The Atlantic magazine’s Frankline Foer explained on Friday.

Manafort’s cooperation could help answer a half dozen of “the biggest mysteries of the Russia investigation,” Foer wrote.

“What kind of threat does Paul Manafort now pose to Donald Trump? Robert Mueller’s indictment of the fallen lobbyist is a masterful portrait of a craven man and his methods,” he wrote. “But the chronology contained in the document filed this morning takes us right up to the eve of Manafort joining the Trump campaign, and then leaves the reader bursting with curiosity about what comes next.”

Foer believes Manafort will help special prosecutor Robert Mueller understand the Trump campaign connection to Russian aluminum magnate Oleg Deripaska along with the role of Konstantin Kilimnik, who is reportedly connected to Russian intelligence. Other unanswered questions include Manafort’s loans, the infamous June 9, 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, and the overall pattern of unscrupulous conduct.

Roger Stone’s role is another of the “unresolved threads of the tale.”

“Manafort might be able to fill whatever missing blanks exist in that case. Manafort’s friendship with Stone traces back to the 1970s, when Manafort managed Stone’s campaign to run the Young Republicans group,” he wrote. “During the eighties, they became business partners and created a legendary consulting firm together.”

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“If Mueller does intend to pursue a case against Stone, he suddenly has his oldest confidant as a cooperating witness,” Foer added.

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Progressive reformer claims victory in fiercely-contested Queens DA race

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Progressive reformer Tiffany Cabán has declared victory in her campaign versus Melinda Katz in the Queens District Attorney race.

With 99% of precincts reporting, Cabán held a lead of 1,090 votes, The New York Times reports.

Cabán was backed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

Katz was backed by Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY), who chairs the Queens Democratic Party, and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY)

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New 2020 poll shows Trump trailing all Democrats — some by double-digits

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President Donald Trump trails all of his Democratic rivals in hypothetical matchups of the 2020 presidential race, according to the result of a new poll released Tuesday.

This article originally appeared on Salon.

The survey, conducted by Emerson Polling, found that the president lags behind former vice president Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., by 10 points nationally — 45 percent to 55 percent. He also trails Sen. Elizabeth Warren by six points — 47 percent to 53 percent —and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg by four points — 48 percent to 52 percent.

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Beto O’Rourke’s ‘war tax’ policy proposal is straight out of ‘Starship Troopers’

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Amid an overcrowded Democratic presidential candidate field, it's hard to distinguish yourself from the pack if you don't slot easily into the scale that runs from "pro-corporate centrist" to "left-populist." If you're former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke —  who falls somewhere in the middle, politically, and somewhere towards the top, looks-wise — you pull a militaristic policy proposal out of your hat that recalls some of the most campy pseudo-fascist sci-fi ever written.

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