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‘Our president is essentially a mob boss’: Former FBI counterintel chief Frank Figliuzzi

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The former Assistant Director for Counterintelligence at the Federal Bureau of Investigation explained why President Donald Trump “is essentially a mob boss” following the latest guilty plea by his fixer Michael Cohen.

Frank Figliuzzi joined Nicole Wallace on MSNBC’s “Deadline: White House” on Thursday.

“I am thinking I’ve seen too many movies,” Wallace noted. “Who called the code red?

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“Everybody involved with Donald Trump told lies about one thing: Russia,” Wallace noted.

“Here’s what my gut is telling me based on what we know about Cohen, his personality and relationship with Trump. I do believe they’ve had conversations about what to say, how to answer questions and I do believe that there was probably conspiracy and collusion between the two of them,” he answered. “That’s my gut.”

“I trust your gut,” Wallace noted.

“I don’t think he’s gone off and done this by himself out of mere loyalty, that’s just my gut,” Figliuzzi added.

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“What do we know about Trump and his opinion of someone who tries to do the right thing? He’s weak. He’s weak. He’s not like the others that you watch, [Paul] Manafort, [Roger] Stone, [Jerome] Corsi who aren’t breaking, aren’t doing the right thing,” he noted. “That’s what our president thinks.”

“Our president is essentially a mob boss,” he concluded.

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Why you should sell your house now — and not wait for the climate to change

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Cities across the United States are already seeing the impacts of climate change. Sea levels are on the rise in Miami, Florida, where ocean waters creep into the streets, even when it isn't raining. Massive wildfires have taken out whole neighborhoods in California and in Alaska, about 2.5 million acres have burned since July 3. Wildfires there are getting worse, according to experts.

The problem of climate change has reached a dangerous level for some homeowners in areas that are no longer insurable. In Miami, for example, the "street-level" is now considered the basement and insurers are dropping coverage for basements. According to the Daily Beast, at least 340,000 California homeowners lost their property insurance coverage between 2015 and 2018 because the wildfires are getting worse and companies don't want to pay out when homes are destroyed.

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GOP lawmakers working behind the scenes with Democrats to curb Trump’s tariff madness

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According to a report from Wall Street Journal, Republican lawmakers are working behind the scenes to rein in Donald Trump's penchant for declaring tariffs willy-nilly depending on how he feels about other countries and their leaders at any given time.

As the president trade war rages on -- impacting manufacturers, farmers and consumers alike -- Republicans looking at the 2020 election are desperate to turn around a U.S. economy that looks headed for a recession.

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Beto O’Rourke doubles down on gun buybacks

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Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke, a Texas Democrat who is running for president in 2020, told NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday that he believes assault weapons are "instruments of terror" and the government should implement a mandatory buyback policy.

I was asked about @SenToomey saying mandatory buybacks are "awful."

I said the priorities in D.C. are screwed up.

What's awful is a 17 month-old baby shot in the face with an AR-15 in Odessa. What's awful is 22 people killed in a Walmart buying school supplies in El Paso. pic.twitter.com/JAN1xfrQYS

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