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Conservative columnist nails the one word in Mueller’s Cohen memo that may prove ‘collusion’

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Conservative Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin on Monday explained how one word in Michael Cohen’s sentencing memo may prove collusion between Donald Trump and Russia.

“What if ‘collusion’ between Russians and Trump began much earlier in a plot to make hundreds of millions while Trump denied ‘any deals’ with the Russians?” the columnist mused.

Rubin pointed out that in his sentencing memorandum for the  former Trump “fixer”, special counsel Robert Mueller’s use of the term “synergy” between the Russian government and the president’s former attorney suggests an ongoing effort on the sides of both parties to both win Trump the presidency and make him richer.

If there is evidence to prove Trump knew about and approved of this scheme, it makes it less important to prove “that he knew the Trump Tower meeting was ongoing,” she added.

“If synergy is collusion and Trump was in on it, we have collusion,” Rubin concluded. “It might not be illegal (e.g., lying to the public about a Russian deal isn’t necessarily illegal) but it might be impeachable — the ‘it’ being a fraud perpetrated on voters to convince them there were no Russian deals and there were no payoffs to women.”

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“If the collusion extended to coordination and assistance from a foreign government,” she added, “[that] would almost certainly be illegal.”

Read the entire column via the Post.

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BUSTED: Leaked drug exec emails showed them encouraging opioid abuse to the point people would eat them ‘like Doritos’

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On Friday, the Washington Post published excerpts from a damning series of emails released in a landmark case in Cleveland around the irresponsibility of drug manufacturers and suppliers in contributing to the opioid crisis.

In one email exchange, Victor Borelli, an account manager for pharmaceuticals corporation Mallinckrodt, told KeySource Medical vice president Steve Cochrane that 1,200 bottles of 30mg Oxycodone tablets had been shipped, to which Cochrane replied, "Keep 'em comin'! Flyin' out of there. It's like people are addicted to these things or something. Oh, wait, people are..." and Borelli responded, "Just like Doritos keep eating. We'll make more."

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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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