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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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Nate Silver claps back at right-wing pollster for accusing him of fraud

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One of the worst-performing national pollsters in the 2018 election cycle was Rasmussen Reports, a right-leaning outfit that is consistently the only one to show President Donald Trump with a net positive approval rating. In 2018, Rasmussen showed Republicans leading the generic congressional ballot by 1 point — but Democrats won the popular vote by 8.4 points.

Nonetheless, Rasmussen is proud of its methodology and particularly irritated when polling analyst and FiveThirtyEight founder Nate Silver points out their inaccuracy. Over the past two weeks, they have twice accused him of "fraud" and characterized his analyses as "corrupt."

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Trump told Republicans he didn’t care ‘about terrorists 7,000 miles away’

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President Donald Trump reportedly doesn't care about terrorists, according to sources inside the room after Democrats abandoned the Wednesday meeting with the president.

Washington Post Congressional reporter Mike DeBonis said that the president said "several times" in the meeting that he isn't concerned about terrorists that live 7,000 miles away.

The source said that Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) had to remind the president that the Sept. 11 terrorists "came from 7,000 away" themselves.

https://twitter.com/mikedebonis/status/1184592170545745920

The president has neglected to understand terrorists can attack the U.S. on North American soil as well as at embassies, military bases, international sporting events, or even Trump's properties. It would be simple for ISIS to use a car bomb to attack Trump's property in Indonesia, as an example.

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Diplomat testified of fear Rudy wanted ‘grand bargain with Russia where we throw Ukraine under the bus’: report

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President Donald Trump's former special envoy to Ukraine testified about fears that Rudy Giuliani was trying to cut a "grand bargain" with Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin, according to a new report in Axios.

Volker reportedly testified that Bill Taylor was reluctant to take the position of acting ambassador to Ukraine after the firing of Marie Yovanovitch.

"He was just worried [Ukraine] was going to get undermined at some point,” Volker reportedly testified. “Hanging over everyone’s head in the expert community is, is there some grand bargain with Russia where we throw Ukraine under the bus?”

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