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Former U.S. attorney calls Trump’s ‘constantly shifting stories’ the ‘hallmark of a guilty mind’

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Former U.S. attorney Joyce Vance thinks that Donald Trump’s “evolving” stories about Russia, campaign finance, obstructions of justice, James Comey, Michael Cohen and everything else shows that he’s probably guilty.

“You know, as a prosecutor, I always like to wait and see what the evidence says when it’s all in,” she prefaced while speaking to Kasie Hunt on MSNBC. “But with that caveat, if the president was a businessman who wasn’t protected from indictment by the [Department of Justice] policy, his lawyers would be in the process of negotiating some kind of a global settlement, global plea deal for him.”

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Based on the publicly available information, she thinks there’s a “good reason” to believe criminal charges are possible.

“There’s a good reason to believe that there are criminal charges against the president ranging from campaign finance to obstruction,” she explained. “We haven’t seen all of the information about the foundation and inauguration yet, but that looks problematic as well. And so the president’s repeated cries of witch hunt or they’re out to get me. At some point that wears very thin as layer upon layer of wrongdoing and misconduct is weighted down by the president’s changing stories, his constantly shifting stories, which is such a hallmark of a guilty mind.”

Vice News Washington Bureau Chief Shawna Thomas noted that she has no idea how the president is getting any work done for the American people.

Reports last week revealed the president didn’t even come into the office until noon.

“Especially because he has a chief of staff on the way out,” she also mentioned. “That’s the kind of person who helps make sure all of these things run. He’s trying to pick a new chief of staff. Yes, Mick Mulvaney will be the acting chief of staff. He still has to pick one permanently. He still has to fill a lot of cabinet positions. Ryan Zinke is on his way out. Doesn’t seem like he’s focused on his job that much. But he does still travel. He went to the G20 a month ago and talked to China. At least we have that.”

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Trump is scheduled to take his holiday vacation from Dec 21 to Jan. 6.

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Google tightens political ads policy in effort to stop abuse

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Google on Wednesday updated how it handles political ads as online platforms remain under pressure to avoid being used to spread misleading information intended to influence voters.

The internet company said its rules already ban any advertiser, including those with political messages, from lying in ads. But it is making its policy more clear and adding examples of how that prohibits content such as doctored or manipulated images or video.

"It's against our policies for any advertiser to make a false claim -- whether it's a claim about the price of a chair or a claim that you can vote by text message, that election day is postponed, or that a candidate has died," Google ads product management vice president Scott Spencer said in an online post.

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Pope Francis begins Asia tour with visit to Buddhist temple

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Pope Francis will visit one of Thailand's famed gilded temples Thursday to meet the supreme Buddhist patriarch, on the first full day of his Asian tour aimed at promoting religious harmony.

The 82-year-old pontiff is on his first visit to Buddhist majority Thailand, where he will spend four days before setting off to Japan.

His packed schedule a day after touching down in Bangkok includes a meeting with the king and the prime minister before leading an evening mass expected to draw tens of thousands of people from across Thailand, where just over 0.5 percent of the population is Catholic.

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Hong Kong campus stalemate persists while US congress passes bill of support for democracy protesters

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Hardline Hong Kong protesters held their ground on Thursday in a university besieged for days by police as the US passed a bill lauding the city's pro-democracy movement, setting up a likely clash between Washington and Beijing.

Beijing did not immediately respond to the passage in Washington of the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, which voices strong support for the "democratic aspirations of the Hong Kong people."

But China had already threatened retaliation if the bill is signed into law by President Donald Trump, and state-run media warned Thursday the legislation would not prevent Beijing from intervening forcefully to stop the "mess" gripping the financial hub.

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