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National security expert explains why alleged Russian spy Maria Butina is pleading guilty

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National security expert Malcolm Nance told MSNBC on Thursday that alleged Russian spy Maria Butina will gladly throw her network under the bus with her guilty plea, since the rewards are so great.

“The reason I think she’s pleading guilty is because one, she’s never going to get out of the United States if U.S. law enforcement draw her as a spy,” Nance said, pointing to Butina’s legal jeopardy. “She has had liaison with Russia’s foreign ministry, she’s had diplomatic meetings while she was in jail.”

“It’s easier for her to burn the network that she had in order to see that she gets a sweetheart deal and deportation (from) the United States, where they will laud her as a hero of the Russian Federation,” he continued. “I think she will give up all those Americans she manipulated to get to Donald Trump.”

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‘Dangerous linguistic power’: A historian explains how Trump weaponizes nicknames

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Is Donald Trump the modern day Earl Long?

A three-time Louisiana governor, Long mastered the art of political ridicule seven decades ago by weaponizing nicknames. The hilarious names Long pinned on his rivals, and the rollicking stories he told about them, riveted audiences bored by puffed-up rhetoric.

While Long’s stunts may be remembered as silly hijinks, there was a sly, often deadly serious, purpose to his technique. He used it to get voters to laugh at his foes and to put them on the defensive––a place politicians never want to be. Tucked within Long’s jests were razor-sharp attacks aimed at exploiting opposition weaknesses––hidden swords inside a pea-patch cloak.

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Walmart got a $2.2 billion tax cut — now it’s laying off workers

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Walmart announced it will lay off hundreds of workers in North Carolina despite receiving billions in tax cuts that the Republican Party and President Trump claimed would spur job growth.

The giant retailer will lay off about 570 employees and close its corporate office near the Charlotte airport, despite signing a 12-year lease just four years earlier, the Charlotte Business Journal reported.

The work done at the Charlotte facility will be outsourced to a firm in Arkansas, according to the report.

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Amazon, Google and Facebook warrant antitrust scrutiny for many reasons – not just because they’re large

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There’s a growing chorus of U.S. politicians, antitrust scholars and consumer watchdogs calling for stricter antitrust treatment of Amazon, Google, Facebook and other tech giants. Some even say they should be broken up.

Most recently, U.S. lawmakers launched a sweeping review to determine if these companies have become so big and powerful that they are stifling competition and harming consumers, while federal regulators are also gearing up to take action.

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