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Here’s the message Mueller may have sent by going so light on Flynn

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Why did special counsel Robert Mueller ask for no jail time for former Trump aide Michael Flynn?

The three-star Army general had led the Defense Intelligence Agency under the Obama administration before leading “lock her up” chants against Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election.

According to an analysis from The Daily Beast, the reason for the extreme leniency Mueller asked for Flynn was that his early cooperation proved vital to cracking the case.

“In the sentencing memo filed against President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, the special counsel emphasized Flynn’s timeliness as an important factor for the court to consider in fashioning his sentence for pleading guilty to lying to the FBI,” the piece says. “The currency of criminal investigations is cooperators.”

Flynn flipped on Trump “not long after the government first sought his cooperation,” the memo says, which helped secure the help of other snitches.

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The piece contrasts Flynn’s actions from those of former Trump campaign boss Paul Manafort, who refused to cooperate until after being convicted and then allegedly lied while he was supposed to be helping prosecutors and may have fed information to the Trump team.

“With Manafort and Flynn as his poster children, Mueller knows that other subjects of the investigation are watching,” the piece says. “Mueller has sent a strong message that early cooperation will result in a lower sentence. And for those who have dragged their feet, better that cooperation come late than not at all.”

Read the piece here.

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Kim Jong-un threatens to restart nuke tests as Trump’s efforts to talk to the regime fall apart again: report

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On Tuesday, CNN's Brian Todd reported that the North Korean regime is on the brink of rescinding what little they promised President Donald Trump, as the future of his efforts to continue talks appear uncertain.

"Kim Jong-un's regime is once again in negotiation by intimidation," said Todd. "Just two weeks after their historic meeting at the DMZ, and President Trump's short stroll into North Korea, North Korea's dictator Kim Jong-un appears to be threatening to start testing his nuclear weapons again. In a new statement, Kim's foreign ministry calls the joint U.S./South Korean military exercises planned for next month a breach of the main spirit of what President Trump and Kim agreed to in Singapore, and says, 'We are gradually losing our justifications to follow through on the commitments we made with the U.S."

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‘He’s ignorant — not stupid’: NYT columnist says Trump is trying to ‘bait’ Democrats because he wants to run against AOC

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President Donald Trump is not going to get the 2020 opponent he wants, so he's going to pretend that his actual opposition is being led by the four young women in Congress known as The Squad, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni wrote on Tuesday.

Trump has spent the last few days with racist attacks on the four first-term members, who are Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI).

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‘Nickel and Dimed’ for the sharing economy: Inside the hellish new reality of low-wage work

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In 2001, journalist Barbara Ehrenreich's investigative book "Nickel and Dimed" revealed to those who weren't on low-wage payrolls how expensive it is to be a member of the working poor in America. Some things haven't changed since Ehrenreich's experiences working as a Walmart clerk, a restaurant server and a maid, among other jobs. Housing can still be prohibitively expensive on low hourly wages, and high turnover remains a constant. Workers still risk their health — mental, physical and emotional — every precarious day.

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