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Manafort’s conspiracy with Russia is ‘the beating heart’ of special counsel investigations: Atlantic writer

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The latest legal filings in the criminal cases against former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort have shown there was collusion with Russia during the 2016 campaign, Atlantic writer Franklin Foer concluded.

Foer joined MSNBC’s “All In” with Chris Hayes to discuss what Manafort’s legal team inadvertently revealed publicly.

“A cornered president storms out, as the Mueller probe closes in,” Hayes reported. “Tonight, what looks like the end of the collusion debate as the Manafort bombshell lands on Capitol Hill.”

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“How big a deal are these revelations?” Hayes asked.

“I think it’s a big deal, but I think it’s maybe more suggestive of what the broader narrative is than conclusive on its own,” Foer replied.

“So in effect, yes, this is collusion,” he concluded. “But I think we don’t even know the scope and broadest contours of that collusion yet.”

“I think there’s [a] really good reason to think that the scandal has several beating hearts it looks like, but one of the beating hearts of the scandal has obviously always been Paul Manafort,” Foer added.

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Like the ‘Titanic hitting an iceberg’: Here’s why our system isn’t prepared for the US president to be a counterintelligence threat

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On Thursday, former FBI special agent Asha Rangappa analyzed why the White House's move to suppress a whistleblower on President Donald Trump's unspecified "promise" to a foreign leader is so damaging — and exposes a critical shortcoming of the U.S. intelligence system that no one saw coming.

The problem, Rangappa argued, is that rules designed to hold high-ranking government officials accountable for criminal acts aren't designed to investigate counterintelligence acts — and the president, with his powers over classification and the intelligence state — can prevent independent bodies like Congress from learning about such wrongdoing because the nature of these government operations are designed to be secret:

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The Internet gags after learning Stephen Miller has a girlfriend: ‘Someone’s dating him? Is she under a curse?’

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Vice President Mike Pence has hired a former Homeland Security official as his new spokeswoman, but social media users were more interested in another detail in her biography.

Pence tapped Katie Waldman, a former DHS spokeswoman under Kirstjen Nielsen and then communications director for Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ), as his press secretary, and the NBC News report also noted that she was "dating Stephen Miller."

Pence has hired Katie Waldman, 27, to be his new press secretary, per NBC. She was a spokesperson for DHS under Nielsen, then comms director for Sen McSally. Also worth noting: Waldman is dating Stephen Miller https://t.co/ESjkw3fbyC

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The risk of a frightening global pandemic threatens millions — and we’re far from prepared to deal with it

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If a lethal, respiratory-borne infection spreads around the world, the death toll could be in the range of 50 to 80 million people.

That's the conclusion of an annual report authored by the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board on behalf of the World Bank and World Health Organization, according to Vox's Sigal Samuel.

The problem is that for all our modern medical knowledge, human technology has made it easier than ever for pandemics to spread before we even know we're in trouble.

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