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Here are all the Trump bombshells that are hiding in plain sight: New Yorker reporter

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Former Trump “fixer” Michael Cohen’s surprise guilty plea on Thursday shook the political world — despite the fact that the basic facts about the Trump Tower Moscow project that Cohen lied about to Congress had been reported before.

As New Yorker staff writer Adam Davidson explained on Twitter Friday morning, the revelations that Trump had been working with Russian government officials on a deal for Trump Tower Moscow even while he was running for president shouldn’t have been surprising given past reporting on the subject.

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Nonetheless, Cohen’s stunning admission this week forced the media to focus on the story in a way that it hadn’t before, while also forcing the Trump administration to respond in a way that it hadn’t in the past.

According to Davidson, there are other similar bombshell stories about Trump and his business dealings that have already been reported, but have been lost in the nonstop swirl of other Trump scandals.

“It took the plea deal for the news to pop,” Davidson said of the Trump Tower Moscow story. “There are many other such already known items out there that WILL pop one day.”

The biggest bombshell, writes Davidson, is the story about the Trump family’s taxes, which the New York Times reported earlier this year showed contained strong evidence of “outright fraud.”

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“[It’s] more devastating than almost anything, revealing the whole business was fraud,” Davidson said of the tax story.

Additionally, Davidson pointed to reporting about the shady financing of Trump’s Panama hotel that has raised suspicions that it’s a magnet for money laundering, as well as his own reporting on Trump’s business associates.

“Trump worked with truly dangerous, scary people,” wrote Davidson. “My sense is most reporters who focus on Trump’s business see him as incredibly vulnerable once the things we already know truly land.”

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Trump’s economic ‘brain trust’ ridiculed as America braces for a trade war recession: report

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President Donald Trump appears unprepared to deal with a potential recession, the Associated Press reported Friday.

"Facing a trade war against China that has shaken the global economy, President Donald Trump gathered his most trusted economic aides in the Oval Office," the AP reported. "The assembled brain trust for Friday’s urgent consultations included an economics chief best known for his stint as a cable TV commentator; a trade adviser whose pro-tariff views are outside the economic mainstream; and a treasury secretary (joining by phone on his way back from vacation) who made millions off the housing crisis and then turned to financing Hollywood movies."

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ICE and Homeland Security busted pushing right-wing propaganda and conspiracy theories

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Multiple federal departments have been pushing far-right propaganda to federal employees.

"An arm of the Justice Department regularly sent summaries and links to articles from an online white nationalist publication over the last year, a BuzzFeed News investigation has found. In addition, similar newsletters sent to the Labor Department, ICE, HUD and the Department of Homeland Security, included links and content from hyperpartisan and conspiracy-oriented publishers," BuzzFeed News reported Friday.

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Trump claimed North Korea missile testing ‘would stop’ — but they just launched again: report

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The upcoming G7 summit meeting in Bairritz, France will have one more issue to grapple with after North Korea reportedly conducted missile tests.

"South Korea's military confirms that North Korea has launched a projectile this morning. From South Hamgyong Province. Japan's government reported it first," Voice of America Seoul bureau chief William Gallo Tweeted Friday.

"North Korea has now conducted nine rounds of launches since early May. But this one's notable because it comes after Trump says Kim promised "this testing would stop when the exercises end." They did end Tuesday. And yet..." he noted.

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