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Russian spy is ‘close to plea deal’ but there may be ‘dozens’ more in DC: CNN report

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The accused Russian spy who infiltrated the GOP during the 2016 election is close to a plea deal, CNN reported Thursday night.

Maria Butina is out of money and her lawyers are making moves to cancel upcoming hearings as they look to finalize a deal, said a reporter appearing on Wolf Blitzer’s show.

Prosecutors may look to also target Butina’s boyfriend, GOP operative Paul Erickson.

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Butina “appears to treat that relationship as simply a necessary aspect of her activities,” prosecutors say according to CNN.

That may leave Erickson arguing that he was “simply a dupe,” the report says, in the hopes of avoiding espionage charges.

The report described Butina as a “classic honeypot” that would be alluring to “lonely men” in Washington, D.C. and said that investigators believe she is not alone and that there may be “dozens of them” working in Washington right now.

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Trump is ‘losing it’ and ‘devolving down into rabbit holes of conspiracy theories’: Conservative TV host

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On Monday, conservative CNN talk show host S. E. Cupp slammed President Donald Trump for his behavior amid the coronavirus pandemic.

"I think no matter who the president is, there's always going to be someone criticizing the response to a disaster," said anchor Brianna Keilar. "But something that has been true since the beginning of this is that the president really had a real opportunity, handed one, to unify people, to lead, to set a tone, and he's really squandering it, isn't he?"

"I think we should say, Brianna, this has long gone past offensive, and distasteful. I think what we're seeing is the president losing it," said Cupp. "I don't think that the president's behavior is that of a healthy, stable, balanced person. That he can't focus all of his energy and efforts and attention on this global pandemic, on securing the physical and economic safety and health of this country, is very alarming. Instead, devolving down these rabbit holes of conspiracy theories, baseless conspiracy theories as you pointed out, attacking women for their looks and their weight, you know, threatening governors, one in Michigan for mail-in voting, another in North Carolina for not guaranteeing a full house at the RNC."

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Trump ally: It’s ‘unrealistic’ to say president shouldn’t golf just because people are dying of COVID-19

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On CNN Monday, former Trump adviser and Republican lobbyist David Urban defended President Donald Trump's decision to take a golf outing as coronavirus deaths approached 100,000.

"Every death is horrible," Urban said. However, "people die in America every day, and just to expect the president to sit frozen in his office is unrealistic."

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The US approaches 100,000 coronavirus deaths, while this weekend President Trump played golf.

Close Trump confidante @DavidJUrban says “every death is horrible," but "people die in America every day, and just to expect the president to sit frozen in his office is unrealistic.” pic.twitter.com/rYnVaUD0Tc

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Watching Trump read from teleprompter is like a ‘parallel universe’ compared to his crazy tweets: CNN’s John King

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President Donald Trump on Monday delivered a somber Memorial Day address -- and CNN host John King remarked about how strange it was to see him acting presidential.

Even though the president spent the weekend launching angry attacks on his political foes that included a baseless accusation of murder against MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, he stuck entirely to reading from the teleprompter during his Memorial Day speech, which included stirring stories of courage about members of America's armed forces.

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