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Expect ‘explosive’ revelations at Cohen hearing as he exposes Trump’s behind the scenes behavior: MSNBC reporter

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MSNBC national security reporter Ken Dilanian said on Monday that President Donald Trump’s former fixer, Michael Cohen, would be bringing documentation to back up his testimony to Congress this week, and predicted “explosive” revelations.

Host Ali Velshi detailed the wide variety of questions Cohen will have to explain, including everything from campaign debts, Trump’s business practices, conflicts of interest, fraudulent activities, campaign finance laws, witness intimidation attempts, and his own reputation as “a well-established liar.”

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“That’s his challenge as a witness,” said Dilanian. “In the closed door hearings, he’s going to have to clear up the lies that’s he told to the House and Senate Intelligence Committee about the timing of that Trump Tower Moscow deal and answer other Russia questions they have.” He added that the sparks would really fly at the public hearing, which he predicted would “go in some very unpredictable directions.”

“That list of topics you read is so incredibly broad, and I am told that Michael Cohen has been preparing for a long time for this hearing,” Dilanian said. “Because his credibility will be challenged, he’s going to bring documents and he’s going to tell stories about how Donald Trump behaved behind the scenes that will not be flattering.”

“I think it has the potential to be explosive, given that it’s going to be live on television,” he added. “Cohen is an insider who’s been with Trump since 2006 and knows a lot of secrets.”

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Trump’s next 100 days will dictate whether he can be re-elected or not — here’s why

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According to CNN pollster-in-residence Harry Enten, Donald Trump's next 100 days -- which could include an impeachment trial in the Senate -- will hold the key to whether he will remain president in 2020.

As Eten explains in a column for CNN, "His [Trump's] approval rating has been consistently low during his first term. Yet his supporters could always point out that approval ratings before an election year have not historically been correlated with reelection success. But by mid-March of an election year, approval ratings, though, become more predictive. Presidents with low approval ratings in mid-March of an election year tend to lose, while those with strong approval ratings tend to win in blowouts and those with middling approval ratings usually win by small margins."

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After Trump: No free pass for Republicans — they own this nightmare

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With the impeachment inquiry leveling up this month as public hearings begin, and with an election that might actually be the end of Donald Trump now less than a year away, the campaign to let Trump's Republican allies — even the most villainous offenders — move on and pretend this never happened is already underway.

This article first appeared in Salon.

Sadly, the clearest articulation of the let-bygones-be-bygones mentality has come from a Democrat — unsurprisingly, former Vice President Joe Biden.Biden, who is still, somehow, the frontrunner in Democratic primary polling, spoke at a chi-chi fundraiser on Wednesday, and dropped this pearl of wisdom: "With Donald Trump out of the way, you’re going to see a number of my Republican colleagues have an epiphany."

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As climate crisis-fueled fires rage, fears grow of an ‘uninhabitable’ California

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As activist Bill McKibben put it, "We've simply got to slow down the climate crisis."

With wildfires raging across California on Wednesday—and with portions of the state living under an unprecedented "Extreme Red Flag Warning" issued by the National Weather Service due to the severe conditions—some climate experts are openly wondering if this kind of harrowing "new normal" brought on by the climate crisis could make vast regions of the country entirely uninhabitable.

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