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New Flynn-related indictments blow up Trump supporters’ latest conspiracy theory: reporter

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New indictments relating to former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn have put a big dent in Trump supporters’ newest conspiracy theory about the FBI, according to an analysis by Washington Post reporter Aaron Blake.

In particular, Trump supporters such as Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) and Fox News’ Jeannine Pirro had in recent days been throwing around a theory that the FBI had only bagged Flynn on a flimsy “process crime” as a way to force him to cooperate in their investigation of President Donald Trump.

However, after two of Flynn’s former business associates were indicted on Monday, the idea that Flynn was an innocent man caught up in rogue prosecutors’ cunning web seemed completely unbelievable.

“The indictment is further evidence that the idea Flynn was just some guy going about his business who waltzed into an FBI trap is fanciful,” writes Blake. “It implicates his own eponymous business in an illegal lobbying operation.”

Additionally, Blake notes the seediness of Flynn writing an op-ed for The Hill late in the 2016 campaign season that spouted the Turkish government’s talking points about dissident Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen — all without disclosing that Flynn himself was being paid by the Turkish government.

“This isn’t just about Flynn having lied about his contacts with Russia’s ambassador; there is a pattern of behavior that suggests he wasn’t just some heroic general who misspoke once or twice and has been railroaded,” writes Blake. “At the worst, it suggests someone who was doing quite a bit of double-dealing and saw the need to cover it up by lying repeatedly.”

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Progressive reformer claims victory in fiercely-contested Queens DA race

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Progressive reformer Tiffany Cabán has declared victory in her campaign versus Melinda Katz in the Queens District Attorney race.

With 99% of precincts reporting, Cabán held a lead of 1,090 votes, The New York Times reports.

Cabán was backed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

Katz was backed by Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY), who chairs the Queens Democratic Party, and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY)

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New 2020 poll shows Trump trailing all Democrats — some by double-digits

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President Donald Trump trails all of his Democratic rivals in hypothetical matchups of the 2020 presidential race, according to the result of a new poll released Tuesday.

This article originally appeared on Salon.

The survey, conducted by Emerson Polling, found that the president lags behind former vice president Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., by 10 points nationally — 45 percent to 55 percent. He also trails Sen. Elizabeth Warren by six points — 47 percent to 53 percent —and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg by four points — 48 percent to 52 percent.

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Beto O’Rourke’s ‘war tax’ policy proposal is straight out of ‘Starship Troopers’

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Amid an overcrowded Democratic presidential candidate field, it's hard to distinguish yourself from the pack if you don't slot easily into the scale that runs from "pro-corporate centrist" to "left-populist." If you're former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke —  who falls somewhere in the middle, politically, and somewhere towards the top, looks-wise — you pull a militaristic policy proposal out of your hat that recalls some of the most campy pseudo-fascist sci-fi ever written.

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