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CNN analyst explains Mueller and prosecutors are ‘playing 3D chess’ with Trump — but supporters think he’s the real genius

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Washington Post writer explained during a CNN panel Wednesday how complicated — and synchronized — the investigations into Donald Trump and his aides have gotten.

CNN’s Gloria Borger noted in the panel responding to former Trump “fixer” Michael Cohen’s sentencing by noting that “everyone else but the president of the United States” recognizes that Trump is in deep trouble.

“Don’t forget, they raided [Cohen’s] offices,” she said, adding that prosecutors now “have everything they need and more.”

Former CIA official Phil Mudd noted that if one were to “play the scales of justice,” they’d have trouble figuring out who’s more significant in the Cohen sentencing — the attorney himself or AMI, the National Enquirer parent company, that struck a plea deal.

Both companies “know about personal payments,” Mudd added, but it’s AMI that got the immunity deal.

Post assistant editor David Swerdlick then pointed out that the stunning sentencing shows just how complicated a game those investigating Trump are playing.

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“The president and his supporters like to talk about the president being able to play three-dimensional chess,” Swerdlick said. “It is the prosecutors in the Southern District of New York and the special counsel investigation that are playing three-dimensional chess.”

He then noted that AMI chairman and CEO David Pecker’s immunity deal shows that he likely corroborated much of what Cohen told prosecutors.

“If that’s true, at a minimum, right, the president can still say it wasn’t a campaign finance violation but he can’t say he didn’t lie to the American people about payments to his alleged mistresses,” Swerdlick concluded.

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Trump’s first term: hits and misses

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"Promises made, promises kept," goes one of President Donald Trump's main 2020 reelection slogans. Is that true?

Here are some of the key policy hits and misses -- comparing his accomplishments to his promises -- from a tumultuous first term.

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Economy:

The economy will be Trump's major selling point.

GDP grew 3.1 percent in the first quarter of 2019 and the last recession was a decade ago. Unemployment is at a 50-year low of 3.6 percent.

Trump's frequent claim that the economy is probably "the best" in US history is an exaggeration, though.

Economists see growing dangers, including exploding government debt and growing backlash from Trump's aggressive trade policies, especially with China.

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The racist roots of American policing

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Outrage over racial profiling and the killing of African Americans by police officers and vigilantes in recent years helped give rise to the Black Lives Matter movement.

But tensions between the police and black communities are nothing new.

There are many precedents to the Ferguson, Missouri protests that ushered in the Black Lives Matter movement. Those protests erupted in 2014 after a police officer shot unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown; the officer was subsequently not indicted.

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Ocasio-Cortez: ‘We’re going to fight to repeal the Hyde Amendment’

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) started a petition Saturday seeking to repeal the Hyde Amendment, which bars the use of federal funds for abortions, arguing the restriction overwhelmingly harms low-income Americans and women of color. AOC emailed her supporters:

“Since 1976, our government has banned federal funding for abortion care — specifically, for Medicaid recipients. Countless studies have shown that due to this amendment, millions of women have been forced to go through with pregnancies that, given the funding, they would have otherwise terminated. "

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