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Trump labor secretary broke the law with accused pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s plea deal: federal judge

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A federal judge ruled Thursday that US Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta broke the law when giving a plea deal to accused pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

The Miami Herald reported that U.S. District Judge Kenneth A. Marra wrote in his opinion that Acosta’s plea deal with Epstein, which was executed when the labor secretary was US attorney in Miami, unlawfully concealed the agreement from “more than 30 of his underage victims.”

Marra also enumerated Epstein’s alleged crimes, noting that the billionaire connected to Presidents Donald Trump and Bill Clinton “used paid employees to find and bring minor girls to him” and “worked in concert with others to obtain minors not only for his own sexual gratification, but also for the sexual gratification of others.”

Acosta’s plea deal with Epstein has in recent months come under scrutiny for what many believe was a “slap-wrist” punishment for the politically-connected billionaire’s sex crimes.

“Instead of prosecuting Epstein under federal sex trafficking laws,” the report noted, Acosta “helped negotiate a non-prosecution agreement that gave Epstein and his co-conspirators immunity from federal prosecution.”

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Epstein instead pleaded guilty to two state prostitution charges and served a mere 13 months in prison.

“Acosta agreed to seal the deal,” the Herald noted, “which meant that none of Epstein’s victims, who were mostly 13 to 16 years old at the time of the abuse, were told about it until it was too late for them to appear at his sentencing and possibly reject the deal.”

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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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Conservative suggests Trump’s racist rhetoric will incite worse than ‘send her back’ chants: ‘One shudders to wonder’

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In a column for the Washington Post, conservative Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Kathleen Parker said the refusal by Republican lawmakers and the evangelical community to condemn Donald Trump's racist rhetoric is paving the way for something far worse than mere "send her back" chants.

Under a headline that bluntly states, "Those who don’t condemn Trump’s racism are complicit in his bigotry," Parker gets right to her opinion of the president, writing, "Going out on a limb here: President Trump is a racist. And a sexist. And a xenophobic nationalist. Among other things. Not to name call or anything."

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