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Jared and Ivanka would be fined $1000 a day under bill by Intel Democrat: ‘Our national security is at risk’

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Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) explained how a new bill would fine Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump $1,000 a day for circumventing federal laws against nepotism.

Speier is the author of the “Restoring Integrity, Governance, Honesty, and Transparency Act of 2019″ which is also known as the “RIGHT Act of 2019.”

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She was interviewed Tuesday by MSNBC “Hardball” host Chris Matthews.

“For the past two years I’ve warned about the dangers of unelected family members living in the white house and claiming to be serving there,” Matthews noted. “I warned that mixing family and business removes a vital guardrail.”

“Congresswoman, I don’t know what to say here, anybody who’s seen the “Godfather” has seen Fredo here being manipulated by the guy out west. So what do you make of this?” Matthews asked. “He looks manipulatable.”

“Mo Green, I was thinking of,” he added.

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“This is yet just another episode in the tabloids that we see on the grocery store racks,” Speier answered.

“I mean, this is a president who abuses power. He says, ‘they don’t know how to play the game.’ Yeah, he thinks this is a game, but we have rules and they were put in places after Bobby Kennedy was the attorney general and that law basically said no more nepotism,” she explained.

“So what does this president do? He decides he’s going to make his daughter and son-in-law volunteers so they won’t be subject to the nepotism law,” Speier continued. “And he wants to give the two volunteers top security clearances.”

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“Our country’s status is at risk. Our national security is at risk,” the intelligence committee member concluded.

“They shouldn’t be in the White House as volunteers and my bill — HR 1028 — is one that would require that, if you’re a volunteer in the White House, you’re going to be paying $1,000 a day fine for trying to manipulate the laws in this country as it relates to nepotism,” Speier explained.

“This is wrong, it shouldn’t have happened in the first place,” she added.

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Twitter mocks ‘gibbering conspiracy loon’ Trump after he claims Google rigged the election

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On Monday, President Donald Trump made the dubious claim that Google had tried to sway the election for Hillary Clinton.

"My victory was even bigger than thought!" the president proclaimed.

Wow, Report Just Out! Google manipulated from 2.6 million to 16 million votes for Hillary Clinton in 2016 Election! This was put out by a Clinton supporter, not a Trump Supporter! Google should be sued. My victory was even bigger than thought! @JudicialWatch

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 19, 2019

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Paul Krugman hilariously roasts Trump economic adviser for decades’ worth of terrible predictions

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Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman on Monday set his sights on Trump economic adviser Larry Kudlow, who himself is not actually an economist, for making decades' worth of terrible predictions.

Writing on Twitter, Krugman concedes that making predictions is a difficult business and he admits to making his own bad predictions in the past.

However, he then explains that Kudlow is unique because he's been making the same false prediction for decades -- namely, about tax cuts for the ultra-rich producing economic miracles.

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Twitter admits China has created hundreds of fake accounts to undermine Hong Kong protests

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Twitter on Monday admitted that China had created hundreds of fake accounts aimed at undermining the protests in Hong Kong that have gripped the city in recent weeks.

Specifically, Twitter found that at least 936 different accounts had been created within the People's Republic of China that have been "deliberately and specifically attempting to sow political discord in Hong Kong, including undermining the legitimacy and political positions of the protest movement on the ground."

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