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‘If he’s innocent, why has he been acting so guilty?’ MSNBC panel calls BS on Trump’s claims of exoneration

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MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski called out President Donald Trump and his allies for claiming vindication before special counsel Robert Mueller’s report had been released.

The “Morning Joe” hosts said many questions remained from the nearly two-year investigation of the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, and they said the summary of Mueller’s report by Attorney General William Barr did not fully let him off the hook.

“The one quote in it that Barr did put forward is that he is not exonerated in terms of obstruction,” Brzezinski said. “If you listen to the White House, and if you listen to Fox (News), and if you listen over and over and over again, they are branding this as a full exoneration — it is not. It’s not even close to an exoneration, it is not an exoneration. Does anybody want to argue that? It’s not.”

Scarborough pointed out that Barr’s summary didn’t even include any full quotes from Mueller’s report.

“Since Robert Mueller said they couldn’t exonerate him, and we only get sentence fragments, I think we should do something really radical,” Scarborough said. “We should wait and read the entire report, because we have read with a letter from the man who applied for his job by sending a letter to Donald Trump saying, ‘I don’t think the special counsel should be doing all the terrible things that he’s doing to you.’ That’s not a letter I’m going to put a lot of stock in, I’m going to wait for the real report.”

MSNBC contributor David Ignatius, a Washington Post columnist, capped off the discussion by noting that Trump’s actions strongly suggested he had done something wrong.

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“There is the enduring mystery of why, if he was so innocent, he has acted so guilty for two years,” Ignatius said. “That’s going to take historians to sort out, probably.”

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How Teach for America evolved into an arm of the charter school movement

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When the Walton Family Foundation announced in 2013 that it was donating $20 million to Teach For America to recruit and train nearly 4,000 teachers for low-income schools, its press release did not reveal the unusual terms for the grant.

Documents obtained by ProPublica show that the foundation, a staunch supporter of school choice and Teach For America’s largest private funder, was paying $4,000 for every teacher placed in a traditional public school — and $6,000 for every one placed in a charter school. The two-year grant was directed at nine cities where charter schools were sprouting up, including New Orleans; Memphis, Tennessee; and Los Angeles.

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Why do conservatives hate Oberlin College so much?

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When I was an undergraduate at Oberlin in the mid-Aughts, there was a student in my class year who was obsessed with 19th-century British Royal Naval culture. Every Friday evening, he would host a sing-along in a dorm lounge, for which he would bring xeroxes of historical sea shanty lyrics and pass them around so that we could sing along, waving our glasses of “grog.” This was a semi-established event — he had distributed flyers around campus advertising the weekly British Royal Naval sea-shanty singalong and grog-drinking event, which would extend late into the night. Though he was not a resident of the dorm where it took place, he was welcomed into the lounge by its members, and became a fixture of sorts.Like many well-endowed liberal arts schools in rural areas, Oberlin College functions as a sort of de facto social welfare state, and is designed to encourage and cultivate one’s passions, even if they are not strictly academic. Thus, after writing up a proposal for the student-run activities board, the same student, the British Royal Navy culture guy, was able to plan, organize and execute a ticketed Royal Naval Ball, held in the atrium of the science center. The event featured 20 dishes of authentic British era-appropriate cuisine, cooked by student chefs, several courses of wine and port, and a violinist present to play period-specific music. The whole affair culminated with a traditional, British partner line dance — its sole inauthenticity the fact that we didn’t pay attention to our dance partners’ genders the way the Brits would have.
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Here are 5 reasons why 2020’s down-ballot races could reshape America’s future

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The political press always tends to focus mostly on the marquee race for the White House but that's especially true this cycle, as Donald Trump runs for a second term. He demands attention and his antics enrage his opponents and delight his supporters in equal measure.

But national reporters risk missing the big picture by centering so much of their reporting at the top when many of the most important political battles in 2020 will take place further down the ballot.

Trump is catnip for reporters and their editors, but the dearth of coverage of downballot races didn't begin with his election. As the news media in general faces structural changes—with print circulation declining and much of their work moving into digital spaces that are more difficult to monetize--publishers have cut back on reporters assigned to the state and local government beat. Nevertheless, Trump has arguably worsened the trend by getting so much airtime— one estimate suggested that over the past four years, Trump has taken up, on average, 15 percent of the entire daily news cycle on the three leading cable networks, nearly three times what Obama did.

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