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Watergate prosecutor reveals bombshell results of Manafort’s lies: ‘Mueller’s got the evidence of conspiracy’

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Former Watergate prosecutor Nick Ackerman on Tuesday predicted special counsel Robert Mueller had obtained “significant evidence” that the 2016 Donald Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government.

Ackerman joined MSNBC’s “The Beat” with host Ari Melber” to discuss the news that Mueller concluded former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort violated his plea deal.

“How does this bombshell impact the collusion part of the probe?” Melber asked.

“Oh, I think this is what the probe’s all about — it’s about conspiracy, not collusion,” he replied. “Conspiracy is the crime and this more evidence of that conspiracy.”

“Bob Mueller has significant evidence on conspiracy,” Ackerman predicted.

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“They are the co-conspirators on the American side, they are part of — at least — the staging and release of those emails,” he argued.

“But this new evidence almost makes you believe that it’s possible they were also involved in the conspiracy to hack into the DNC in the first place,” Ackerman noted.

“The bottom line is Mueller’s got the evidence of conspiracy,” he concluded. “That is the big headline from yesterday’s news.”

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Here’s how Trump hopes to recreate his 2016 presidential win — and how Democrats can send him packing

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Writing for CNN on Saturday, election forecaster Harry Enten explained how President Donald Trump's recent, racist behavior lies in his desire to recreate the same electoral conditions that gave him a victory in 2016 in the presidential election next year.

"The Trump strategy is pretty simple: 1. Drive up the unfavorable ratings of his Democratic rival as he did in 2016 in order to compensate for his own low ratings. 2. Bank on an electoral college/popular vote split as he did in 2016. 3. Use a campaign of racial resentment to drive up turnout even more among groups favorable toward the President," wrote Enten. As he noted, Democrats have excellent odds to flip back Michigan and Pennsylvania, but they will have to work harder to win back any of the other states Trump flipped from the 2012 Obama camp — in particular Wisconsin, which was the closest state after those two.

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American, Italian and Russian blast off for ISS

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US, Italian and Russian astronauts blasted into space Saturday, headed for the International Space Station, in a launch coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing.

Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, NASA's Andrew Morgan and Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency set off on a six-hour journey to the orbiting science lab from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 1628 GMT.

A NASA TV commentator hailed a "textbook launch" minutes after blastoff in "sweltering" weather in Baikonur, where daytime temperatures reached 43 degrees Celsius on Saturday.

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Conservative suggests Trump’s racist rhetoric will incite worse than ‘send her back’ chants: ‘One shudders to wonder’

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In a column for the Washington Post, conservative Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Kathleen Parker said the refusal by Republican lawmakers and the evangelical community to condemn Donald Trump's racist rhetoric is paving the way for something far worse than mere "send her back" chants.

Under a headline that bluntly states, "Those who don’t condemn Trump’s racism are complicit in his bigotry," Parker gets right to her opinion of the president, writing, "Going out on a limb here: President Trump is a racist. And a sexist. And a xenophobic nationalist. Among other things. Not to name call or anything."

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