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Trump’s defense against campaign finance charges transparently weak: Former US attorney

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MSNBC legal analyst Chuck Rosenberg patiently explained why the campaign finance allegations against President Donald Trump rise above a simple mistake — and constitute a crime.

Panelists on “Up With David Gura” debated whether Trump could — or should — face legal jeopardy after his attorney Michael Cohen turned over evidence the president took part in a scheme to secretly pay off two of his alleged mistresses just ahead of the election.

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“The argument made here by the president and his lawyers is, this isn’t his fault,” Gura said. “He entrusted his legal strategy to Michael Cohen, Michael Cohen made the mistakes — why should he be responsible? In other words, don’t blame me, blame the lawyer. How much salience does that have when you look at the legal side of things?”

Rosenberg, a former U.S. Attorney and head of the Drug Enforcement Agency, walked through the weaknesses of the president’s latest defense.

“Think about taxes,” he said. “If you make a mistake on your taxes, that’s not a crime, okay? That’s a mistake. You might owe money, you might be audited, have to pay a fine, but that’s handled civilly.”

“If for seven years running,” Rosenberg added, “you hide foreign bank accounts, omit income, you do a whole bunch of things we would say are intentional indicia of tax fraud — that’s a crime. That’s the same thing here. Mistakes are not crimes, they’re mistakes. This doesn’t seem like a mistake.”

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GOP lawmakers melt down after Maryland AP history class teacher uses illustration to compare Trump to Nazis

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According to a report from the Washington Times, Maryland Republicans are up in arms after an AP history teacher at a local high school used a slide to illustrate similarities between Donald Trump's policies and those of the Nazis.

The report states, "A slide used in an Advanced Placement history class at Loch Raven High School in Towson shows a picture of Trump above pictures of a Nazi swastika and a flag of the Soviet Union. Two captions read 'wants to round up a group of people and build a giant wall' and 'oh, THAT is why it sounds so familiar!'"

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Stop praising anti-Trump evangelicals: Their embrace of authoritarianism is a big part of the problem

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At this critical moment for American democracy our media landscape is doing a poor job in its coverage of conservative white evangelicals. Coverage of this relatively large segment of the population is characterized by, on the one hand, effusive praise for the slightest milquetoast criticism of Donald Trump, and on the other, by a periodic parade of nearly interchangeable unfounded predictions about how evangelical youth are going to change America’s most radically right-wing demographic for the better—any day now. In the words of the great sage Bullwinkle J. Moose, “This time for sure!”

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Intel official who briefed lawmakers on latest Russian meddling targeted for ouster by Trump White House: CNN

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During a discussion on the war on the intelligence community being waged by the Donald Trump's White House, CNN host Victor Blackwell stated that sources speaking with the network stated that the intel official who briefed lawmakers for both parties on new efforts by Russia to meddle in U.S. elections could be on the way out.

Speaking with contributor Lynn Sweet, Blackwell asked about the so-called "purge" being conducted by the White House.

"It sends the signal once again that President Trump is not a respecter of the United States intelligence services with the bigger issue that a permanent director has not been in that office since last summer when Dan Coates was forced out," Sweet explained. "This is a key position, subject to Senate confirmation and Trump hasn't seen fit to have a permanent director for months now."

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