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Trump may have committed at least 8 crimes that have nothing to do with Russia: Ethics watchdog

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Government ethics watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) on Monday issued a blistering report laying out evidence that President Donald Trump has committed multiple crimes during both the 2016 presidential campaign and during his time in the Oval Office.

In all, CREW claims that there is “compelling evidence” that Trump has committed up to eight criminal offenses over the past three years.

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Among the crimes they allege Trump may have committed include causing National Enquirer parent company American Media, Inc. to make an illegal campaign donation to former mistress Karen McDougal; causing his campaign to file false reports with the Federal Elections Commission; and conspiracy to defraud the United States “by undermining the lawful function of the FEC and/or violating federal campaign finance law related to ‘hush money’ payments, false statements, and cover-ups of reimbursement payments to Cohen made by the Trump Organization.”

CREW Executive Director Noah Bookbinder said that the report shows the president has significant criminal exposure — and that’s without even talking about potential obstruction of justice charges for his efforts to undermine criminal investigations into him and his associates.

“There has already been significant attention to the President’s possible exposure for obstruction of justice, but it is deeply troubling to discover that he also may have been personally involved in a whole other set of criminal offenses for causing or accepting illegal campaign contributions and then covering up those payments,” he said.

Read the full report here.

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Cory Booker planning to suspend his campaign if his fundraising does not improve: report

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On Saturday, NBC News reported that Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) has released a campaign memo indicating he will exit the Democratic presidential primary if he is unable to raise millions of dollars within days.

"Without a fundraising surge to close out this quarter, we do not see a legitimate long-term path forward," wrote campaign manager Addisu Demissie in the memo to staff ersand supporters. "The next 10 days will determine whether Cory Booker can stay in this race."

The memo added that it is likely that only four candidates presently have enough money to stay in the race for the long haul. These candidates are likely former Vice President Joe Biden, Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who report the largest fundraising hauls.

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Trump snarls at press for pursuing Ukraine phone call complaint instead of reporting on debunked Biden story

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Donald Trump lashed out at the media for pursuing the story of a suppressed inspector general's report that he may have made an illegal promise to the president of Ukraine, saying they should be investigating former Vice President Joe Biden instead.

Taking to Twitter, the president wrote: "The Fake News Media and their partner, the Democrat Party, want to stay as far away as possible from the Joe Biden demand that the Ukrainian Government fire a prosecutor who was investigating his son, or they won’t get a very large amount of U.S. money, so they fabricate a..... story about me and a perfectly fine and routine conversation I had with the new President of the Ukraine. Nothing was said that was in any way wrong, but Biden’s demand, on the other hand, was a complete and total disaster. The Fake News knows this but doesn’t want to report!"

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The new Rambo movie is essentially a MAGA fever dream of bigotry

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"Rambo: Last Blood," the latest in the long-running franchise about a traumatized war veteran (Sylvester Stallone) turned on-demand badass, is less an escapist action movie and more a dramatized manifestation of the most notorious sentences from Donald Trump's presidential campaign announcement speech: "They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people." Even for a series that has always been shaped by a right wing worldview, the only reason for this latest sequel to exist — besides generating profits from die-hard Stallone fans — is to validate MAGA-world bigotries about Mexicans.This article first appeared in Salon.

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