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An alleged Michael Cohen meeting may be the ‘smoking gun’ that takes down Trump — according to this former NSA analyst

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Michael Cohen didn’t mention his alleged clandestine meeting in Prague with Kremlin officials during his sentencing hearing — and if he ever sings, it could spell trouble for Donald Trump.

John R. Schindler, a former NSA intelligence analyst, wrote in The Spectator that of all the things Cohen did confess to, the Prague meeting — which was first brought to light in a dossier compiled by British spy Christopher Steele — may be the most damaging to the president.

In his infamous “golden showers” dossier, Steele claimed that in August 2016, Cohen met with Russian intelligence agents “to coordinate clandestine activities, including hacking, designed to harm Hillary Clinton and boost Trump’s campaign,” the report noted.

If the meeting happened in spite of Cohen’s denials, it would be more than a “smoking gun” for alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, Schindler wrote.

“It would constitute proof of Trump’s collusion with the Kremlin to secure his election,” the former intel agent noted, “something most Americans would fairly label treason.”

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The writer suggested that the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Trump campaign officials (including the president’s son and son-in-law) and a Russian delegation could have merely been a precursor to a meeting much more damning in Prague.

Special counsel Robert “Mueller and his seasoned investigators know the truth regarding Cohen-in-Prague,” Schindler wrote. “For the good of the country, we should hope they will be sharing their findings on this all-important issue with the public, in some form, sooner rather than later.”

He added that his “spy friends and former colleagues inside the Beltway are leaning towards sooner.”

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Here’s the ugly racist history behind tipping — and how it still persists today

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On Saturday, writing for Politico, minister and civil rights activist Rev. Dr. William Barber applauded House Democrats' plans to not only raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024, but eliminate the much lower "tipped wage" of $2.13 an hour and require tipped workers to also be paid at least the minimum.

This is important, wrote Barber, because the roots of businesses forcing their workers to rely on tips for a proper wage is deeply rooted in America's history of racial tension.

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Black GOP strategist called on the carpet by Joy Reid for trying to sidestep Trump’s racist rally as ’empowering’ voters

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An "AM Joy" panel on MSNBC descended into talking over each other as host Joy Reid confronted a black GOP consultant over Donald Trump's racist rally in North Carolina.

Presenting the conservative point of view, Republican strategist Lenny McAllister was asked point-blank by the host, "Lenny, hold on a second, because you as a man of color yourself -- do you feel comfortable in a party that does rallies like that?"

McAllister pushed back saying he had walked away from just those type of events, before admitting, "To the greater point. They're using racism as an avenue through which people feel empowered, they lend you the loyalty, they give you the vote. What Republicans need to do is continue to empower people, but not by using racism and not by using phobia."

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Do politicians actually care about your opinions? This researcher says no

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Earlier this month, a New York Times op-ed written by two political science professors, Ethan Porter of George Washington University and Joshua Kalla of Yale, discussed their troubling research findings: State legislators, the two claim, don't much care about the opinions of their constituents, even if they're given detailed data regarding their views.

This article first appeared in Salon.

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