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Watergate prosecutor shocked by report Trump was caught ‘directly conspiring to obstruct justice’

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Former Watergate prosecutor Jill Wine-Banks explained the legal jeopardy facing Donald Trump after it was reported by Buzzfeed News that the president instructed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress.

“So Jill, to the sentencing of Michael Cohen, we all noticed that the special prosecutor was much more satisfied with Michael Cohen’s cooperation with his office than the local U.S. Attorney in Manhattan was satisfied with his cooperation with his office,” MSNBC anchor Lawrence O’Donnell reminded. “This could be why.”

“This is Michael Cohen giving the special prosecutor his own account — of something they apparently already had through electronic communication — of the President of the United States directing Michael Cohen while he’s president, right from the Oval Office, to lie to congress,” O’Donnell reported. “This truly is a Nixonian moment.”

“This is exactly the Watergate model of Nixon saying you can always say, ‘I don’t remember, I don’t recall’ — even though you do,” Wine-Banks explained.

“That’s subornation of perjury, plain and simple,” she concluded. “It is a direct act of the president — while he’s president — interfering not only with an investigation, but of directly conspiring to obstruct justice.”

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Wine-Banks said this could result in impeachment and Trump’s removal from office.

“Even the Republican Senate is going to have to say we’ve been had, we can’t have him lying to us. And in the end of Watergate, it was the Republicans who went to Nixon and said, ‘You have to resign or we will convict you in the Senate.’ And that’s going to happen here,” Wine-Banks predicted. “We’re getting closer and closer.”

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The real problem wasn’t the racism — it was the Trump taking ‘the Lord’s name in vain’ twice: supporter

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President Donald Trump was widely condemned after supporters at a campaign rally in West Virginia turned his racist "go back" message into a "Send Her Back" chant against one of a woman of color in Congress.

One Trump supporter in West Virginia also criticized the speech, but not for the racist targeting of Rep. Ilhan Omar.

State Senator Paul Hardesty, a Democrat, wrote to the White House to complain about Trump's use of the word "goddamn."

The letter was republished by the Montgomery-Herald.

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Here’s how Trump hopes to recreate his 2016 presidential win — and how Democrats can send him packing

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Writing for CNN on Saturday, election forecaster Harry Enten explained how President Donald Trump's recent, racist behavior lies in his desire to recreate the same electoral conditions that gave him a victory in 2016 in the presidential election next year.

"The Trump strategy is pretty simple: 1. Drive up the unfavorable ratings of his Democratic rival as he did in 2016 in order to compensate for his own low ratings. 2. Bank on an electoral college/popular vote split as he did in 2016. 3. Use a campaign of racial resentment to drive up turnout even more among groups favorable toward the President," wrote Enten. As he noted, Democrats have excellent odds to flip back Michigan and Pennsylvania, but they will have to work harder to win back any of the other states Trump flipped from the 2012 Obama camp — in particular Wisconsin, which was the closest state after those two.

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American, Italian and Russian blast off for ISS

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US, Italian and Russian astronauts blasted into space Saturday, headed for the International Space Station, in a launch coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing.

Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, NASA's Andrew Morgan and Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency set off on a six-hour journey to the orbiting science lab from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 1628 GMT.

A NASA TV commentator hailed a "textbook launch" minutes after blastoff in "sweltering" weather in Baikonur, where daytime temperatures reached 43 degrees Celsius on Saturday.

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