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‘He know’s he’s bleeped’: Trump biographer says president knows ‘something is about to hit the fan’

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Donald Trump biographer Tim O’Brien predicted there would be a new round of longtime allies of the president who “flip” and cooperate with prosecutors.

“You’ve covered Donald Trump for a long time,” MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace noted. “I think we look at Trump tells — the daily tweets about no collusion, the daily attacks against Robert Mueller for running a witch hunt.”

“Does it look like Donald Trump knows that he’s bleeped?” Wallace asked.

“I think it definitely looks like he knows he’s bleeped,” O’Brien replied.

“He’s cornered and spent a year and a half pointing to the Mueller investigation on a routine basis, nonstop, as being a witch hunt,” he noted. “Anytime he starts tweeting at the investigation or investigators, it’s usually when there’s a big shoe about to drop.”

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“He knows in advance that something is about to hit the fan,” O’Brien added.

He also suggested that the investigations are going to entangle Trump’s children, the three eldest of whom worked at the Trump Organization.

“These are developments that are going to bleed into the Trump Organization for quite a long time,” he predicted. “It’s going to get to his children, it’s going to get to other people in that organization, and people are going to start flipping that Trump never thought would flip before.”

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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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Do politicians actually care about your opinions? This researcher says no

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Earlier this month, a New York Times op-ed written by two political science professors, Ethan Porter of George Washington University and Joshua Kalla of Yale, discussed their troubling research findings: State legislators, the two claim, don't much care about the opinions of their constituents, even if they're given detailed data regarding their views.

This article first appeared in Salon.

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