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Cohen knows where ‘the bodies are buried’ — and his public testimony may drive Trump from office: Law professor

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University of Baltimore law professor Kim Wehle told MSNBC on Monday that she expects public and private testimony from President Donald Trump’s former fixer Michael Cohen will “shift the dialogue” among Americans, and could ultimately lead to the president’s ouster.

“This is the first time people are going to see someone tell their story who was so tight with the president for many years, who knows where the proverbial bodies are buried on a host of matters,” Wehle said.

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“People can watch for themselves and make a determination as to whether these give rise to serious concerns about the propriety of this president being in office going forward,” Wehle continued, saying Cohen’s testimony would allow Americans to “make our own judgments as to whether he’s believable” despite any attacks from the White House.

“I think it’s an important pivotal moment that could shift the dialogue away from this idea of ‘witch hunt, Deep State, this is all a bunch of baloney trumped up charges’ to ‘maybe there’s something here,'” she said. “This person doesn’t have a lot to lose in not telling the truth at this juncture.”

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Betsy DeVos, Ben Carson send anti-trans signals to Trump’s evangelical base

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While Trump grabs headlines, his Cabinet members quietly use transphobia to shore up white evangelical support

The white evangelical vote is almost certainly a lock for Donald Trump in 2020, but it appears the president is taking no chances of losing this critical voting block. One major part of that strategy appears to be quietly deploying his Cabinet members, especially those associated with the Christian right, to generate stories highlighting the Trump administration's overt bigotry toward trans people, and its eagerness to deprive trans Americans of basic rights.

Just this week, both Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson snagged coverage by making community visits that were ostensibly for noble purposes, but were clearly meant to signal to Christian right voters their hostility to trans rights.

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Intelligence official directly contradicts Trump administration’s excuses for suppressing whistleblower

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A top official in the intelligence community has disputed the factual basis for the Trump administration’s suppression of a whistleblower complaint believed to regard the potential misconduct of the president himself, a new letter released Thursday revealed.

The letter was made public by House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA). He is locked into a fierce and potentially explosive dispute with an array of forces within the administration to obtain the complaint, which was made through proper channels by an intelligence official last month to the community’s inspector general. Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson determined that the complaint was “credible” and “urgent,” and subsequent reporting from the Washington Post found that it concerns a “promise” made by Trump in communication with a foreign leader.

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Longtime GOP strategist explains why his party is getting crushed in the war of ideas

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Republican strategist Stuart Stevens on Wednesday warned the GOP that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) might not be a pushover candidate against President Donald Trump in 2020.

Writing on Twitter, Stevens admitted that he had "no idea" if Warren would beat Trump next year, but he did say that "Trump and supporters are destroying [the] credibility of any center-right argument" thanks to Trump's "corrupt and unstable" governance.

When one of Stevens' followers said that Warren would not be able to fulfill her promises just by taxing the wealthy, he countered that this idea is still more popular than anything Republicans are championing.

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