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‘Don’t talk to the FBI’: Cohen client Sean Hannity instructs radio listeners to mistrust law enforcement

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Fox News host Sean Hannity told his radio audience that cooperating with FBI investigations was a bad idea.

Hannity, a fervent supporter of President Donald Trump and unofficial White House adviser, urged listeners not to believe findings by special counsel Robert Mueller, who secured a cooperation agreement last week with Trump Organization attorney Michael Cohen — who also represented the conservative broadcaster.

“I don’t think anything of what we’re hearing is true,” Hannity said, “because it just – none of it makes sense, but they get to jump the gun, because they want this all to – they want everybody to believe Donald Trump was colluding with the Russians.”

Trump attacked Cohen last week as “weak,” signaled he might pardon former campaign chairman Paul Manafort — who Mueller says violated his own cooperation agreement by lying — and praised GOP activist Roger Stone for vowing not to cooperate with the special counsel.

“If you’re like me, and you were – grew up to revere an FBI agent,” Hannity told listeners, “and the FBI comes to your house, and maybe some crime took place in the neighborhood, and maybe you have a little bit of information, but you don’t quite fully recall everything, but you’re pretty sure you do – the advice I have to give you now is, ‘Don’t talk to the FBI.’ How awful is that?”

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One of the central figures in Mueller’s probe — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange — contacted a parody account for Hannity earlier this year and offered damaging information about a Trump critic to what he believed was the Fox News broadcaster.

Assange offered “news” about Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), the ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, less than 48 hours before the senator announced lawmakers had been given new documents that raised additional questions about Trump’s ties to Russia.

“You can send me messages on other channels,” Assange told the person he believed was Hannity, the second reference to “other channels” he made in the Twitter direct message conversation.

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Trump supporter blames Democrats for being targeted by the president: ‘Why is that racist?’

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CNN interviewed a supporter of President Donald Trump in Eau Claire, Wisconsin who refused to acknowledge the racism in the president's "Go Back" attacks on four women of color in Congress.

The network interviewed Kerri Krumenauer of Wiersgalla Plumbing & Heating Company about Trump's attacks.

"How is it racist?" she asked.

"If you don't like this country, get out," she demanded. "Leave!"

She then showed how misinformed she was about the incident.

"He didn't use any names -- they stood up," she falsely claimed. In fact, Trump did use names and the targets did not stand up as they were not at his North Carolina campaign rally.

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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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