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Watergate alums explain why they think Mueller’s ‘sprawling’ probe will unleash more indictments

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Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, and the extent of involvement of President Donald Trump’s campaign in that interference, has won a massive number of indictments, convictions, and guilty pleas over 30 in all.

But as legendary Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein and Nixon White House Counsel John Dean told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Thursday, Mueller may not even be done charging people.

“It’s been a huge, sprawling investigation,” said Bernstein. “And Trump has been somewhat successful in saying to his true believers and to the media that the issue is ‘collusion,’ and that’s it … I don’t think that’s really the case.”

“I think we’re going to see a real report about a counterintelligence investigation,” he added, “But I also think there is a very real question of whether we’re going to see more indictments around the time this report comes in … a lot of the investigation has turned, as we can see from what Mueller has released in his findings before the courts, has turned on the testimony of others who are cooperating with his investigation. And there is reason to believe that there’s really more information there that we’re going to see.” Bernstein suggested that the president’s dealings with his former campaign chair Paul Manafort, who was just sentenced to 7 years in prison, could go deeper than the public yet knows.

Later in the segment, Dean concurred.

“I’m with Carl on believing there may be more indictments,” he said. “I’ve felt that all along. He has been building various cases in other indictments, conspiracy cases. And we have witnesses like [former Manafort associate Rick] Gates who they’ve asked to hold off for 60 days until they complete the work with him. There are other witnesses that are out there. I just don’t see a wrap on it at this time.

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“You’re saying more indictments meaning, he that would not actually give a report at this stage? Or would he give the report at the same time as indictments are announced?” asked Cooper.

“It could be simultaneously,” said Dean. He added that it’s possible the White House is orchestrating the rumors to discredit the investigation as dragging its feet, but added, “I think that more indictments are coming, and I think they’ll be broad-based, and there’ll be a general conspiracy indictment that’ll pull a lot of this together.”

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For what it’s worth, everything about the remainder of Mueller’s investigation is pure speculation. ABC’s Jonathan Karl, for instance, suggests that sources close to the probe don’t believe any more indictments will be issued. There is much that is not publicly known yet — but the whole affair has nonetheless been damaging for Trump’s presidency, and that damage could easily not be done.

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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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