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Major Trump fundraiser received laundered foreign money to influence Justice Department investigation: prosecutors

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One of President Donald Trump’s top fundraisers was cited in Justice Department documents for receiving laundered foreign money to lobby the administration, The New York Times reports.

Elliot Broidy was the Finance Vice Chairman of Trump’s campaign and was named the Deputy Finance Chairman of the Republican National Committee following Trump’s victory.

Federal prosecutors claim Broidy “was paid to lobby the Trump administration to try to end an investigation related to the embezzlement of billions of dollars from a Malaysian state-owned fund” The Times explained.

The court filings were part of a guilty plea by former Justice Department employee George Higginbotham, who lied while funneling tens of millions of dollars into the United States received from Malaysian financier Jho Low.

Higginbotham funneled the money with the help of former Fugees band member Pras Michel.

“The charging papers and supporting documents do not identify Mr. Broidy or his wife, Robin Rosenzweig, by name, and neither has been charged with a crime,” The Times explained. “But the facts of the case align with previous reporting on Mr. Broidy’s efforts related to 1MDB, as well as emails from Mr. Broidy that were stolen from Ms. Rosenzweig’s account and disseminated to news outlets that match emails cited in Friday’s court filings.”

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Broidy has “attracted scrutiny” from special counsel Robert Mueller.

He has also attracted scrutiny from late night comics for hush money payments to a former Playboy magazine model.

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Trump boasts voters will ‘demand’ he remain president after his second term ends in bonkers tweetstorm

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In yet another attack on the New York Times and the Washington Post, Donald Trump suggested Americans will "demand" he stay on president after his second term concludes.

Taking to Twitter, Trump wrote, "A poll should be done on which is the more dishonest and deceitful newspaper, the Failing New York Times or the Amazon (lobbyist) Washington Post! They are both a disgrace to our Country, the Enemy of the People, but I just can’t seem to figure out which is worse? ."

He then added, "The good news is that at the end of 6 years, after America has been made GREAT again and I leave the beautiful White House (do you think the people would demand that I stay longer? KEEP AMERICA GREAT), both of these horrible papers will quickly go out of business & be forever gone!"

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A historian explains why 2019 marks the beginning of the next 74-year cycle of American history

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A century ago, historian Arthur Schlesinger, Sr. argued that history occurs in cycles. His son, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., furthered this theory in his own scholarship. As I reflect on Schlesinger’s work and the history of the United States, it seems clear to me that American history has three 74-year-long cycles. America has had four major crisis turning points, each 74 years apart, from the time of the Constitutional Convention of 1787 to today.

The first such crisis occurred when the Founding Fathers met in Philadelphia in 1787 to face the reality that the government created by the Articles of Confederation was failing. There was a dire need for a new Constitution and a guarantee of a Bill of Rights to save the American Republic. The founding fathers, under the leadership of George Washington, were equal to the task and the American experiment successfully survived the crisis.

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Self-preservation fuels the Democratic base’s lurch to the left — before the rich take it all

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In 2016 all the corporate news media outlets, NPR included, predicted that Trump would lose. They just did not recognize the discontent in America’s rust belt because the economic dislocation that had, and continues to define life there, was just not part of their personal frame of reference.

They thought the country was several years into a recovery and the national aggregate unemployment data they had commissioned confirmed it. But nobody lives or votes in the aggregate. And it wasn’t until Trump flipped the 200 counties that Obama had carried twice, that the corporate news media started paying some attention.

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