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Michael Cohen poses ‘significant threat’ to Trump’s business — and could bring down Trump Organization: report

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A new report from CNN claims that former Trump “fixer” Michael Cohen has offered significant cooperation in a probe of the Trump Organization being conducted by investigators at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.

According to court filings reviewed by CNN and sources familiar with the investigation, Cohen’s assistance in the probe “poses one of the most significant threats to the president’s family business.”

Of particular interest to prosecutors are whether Trump Organization officials broke the law by scheming to reimburse Cohen for his illegal campaign hush-money payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal.

“Through a series of false invoices for a non-existent retainer agreement, Cohen was handed a total of $420,000 by the company, including a $60,000 bonus, prosecutors said, and the company falsely recorded those payments as legal expenses,” CNN writes. “In fact, according to prosecutors, they were payments to compensate Cohen for the money he directed toward Trump’s female accusers.”

What’s particularly troubling for the White House, CNN reports, is that only a handful of people within the Trump Organization were authorized to make such reimbursements — and four of them are President Trump himself or his three adult children.

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Harry Sandick, a former prosecutor in the Manhattan US Attorney’s office, tells CNN that the structure of the Trump Organization is such that prosecutors might charge the entire entity — rather than just individuals within it — for financial crimes.

“What makes this complicated here is that the Trump Organization is pretty closely bound up in one person, so it is not like a typical business,” he explains.

Read the whole report here.

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Conservative suggests Trump’s racist rhetoric will incite worse than ‘send her back’ chants: ‘One shudders to wonder’

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In a column for the Washington Post, conservative Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Kathleen Parker said the refusal by Republican lawmakers and the evangelical community to condemn Donald Trump's racist rhetoric is paving the way for something far worse than mere "send her back" chants.

Under a headline that bluntly states, "Those who don’t condemn Trump’s racism are complicit in his bigotry," Parker gets right to her opinion of the president, writing, "Going out on a limb here: President Trump is a racist. And a sexist. And a xenophobic nationalist. Among other things. Not to name call or anything."

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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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