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Bill Barr just revealed Trump’s spin on the Mueller report — here’s how

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During his first congressional hearing since receiving special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, Attorney General William Barr gave the public a preview of the Trump administration’s spin once the report is finally released to the public.

Washington Post political columnist Paul Waldman wrote Tuesday that what’s coming is “a public relations battle in which the attorney general is a key player.”

“While ‘coverup’ might be too strong a word to describe what the administration is planning,” Waldman mused, “what is clear is that they will be carefully managing the information the public gets to see in order to make sure that the narrative of President Trump’s supposed innocence prevails.”

The columnist predicted that once Barr submits the report to Congress “within a week,” it “will contain plenty of damaging information about the president and those around him” — but much of it will be redacted.

“Democrats, distrustful that all of Barr’s redactions were truly necessary and were not made in part to protect Trump, will demand to at least have a select group of lawmakers review the unredacted report,” Waldman added. “Barr will refuse.”

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In the meantime, Trump and his GOP allies will continue claiming that the Mueller report exonerates him — regardless of what’s actually in it.

The president and his allies will then try to “repeat the extraordinary success they achieved when Barr’s letter was released, when newspaper headlines and TV news stories trumpeted that Mueller had essentially found Trump innocent,” before members of the special counsel’s team released a rare public statement refuting the AG’s summary.

“Even if Mueller confirms that all of Barr’s redactions were justified, the redacted material could still contain deeply troubling, even scandalous information about what Trump and his associates did,” Waldman wrote. “In fact, it almost certainly will.”

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The redactions may contain information “that would deepen our understanding of the scandal and make the full scope of the Trump team’s malfeasance clear.”

“But we may never get to see it,” the columnist warned.

Read the entire editorial via the Post.


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Rush Limbaugh argues Kamala Harris and Barack Obama can’t be considered African-American

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Rush Limbaugh, the controversial radio host with a long history of racially charged comments, on Monday described Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and former President Barack Obama as not being truly "black."

In a clip captured by Media Matters for America, Limbaugh can be heard using a mocking tone to describe Harris and Obama — as well as Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich. — as people who want to be "victims" so they depict Trump as "this big man bully."

"And by the way, can somebody explain to me how Kamala Harris is an African-American?" Limbaugh asks. "Her father is Jamaican and her mother is Indian. How does that equal African-American? Same thing with Barack Obama. Obama's not African-American, he doesn't have any history here [inaudible] any of that stuff. And Rashida Tlaib is Palestinian, for crying out -- that'd be like calling a Jewish person a person of color. How is Rashida Tlaib a person of color? She's not! This is all about making them victims. It's all about making them appear to be 'Just little people trying to save themselves and save their country and this big man bully, this guy Trump comes along and squashes on them and steps on them and it's all because he doesn't like...' It's absurd!"

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Mueller is signaling he’ll be tough witness — and it could play right into the GOP’s hands

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Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller is sending a very clear message: He doesn’t want to testify.

That’s the not-so-subtle subtext of the announcement that Mueller plans to submit the 448-page report detailing the findings of the Russia investigation as a statement for the record during his hearing before the House scheduled for Wednesday. Of course, Congress already has the report, so the move isn’t necessary. It’s Mueller’s way of saying, as he has previously, “The report is my testimony.”

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Protesters take to the streets outside judge’s home after he approves controversial jail sentence for black judge

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On Monday, angry crowds of people came to the neighborhood of Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Patrick Dinkelacker after he ordered former judge Tracie Hunter to serve a six-month prison sentence for mishandling a confidential document.

The scenes from the courtroom were dramatic, with Hunter's supporters screaming as she collapsed upon Dinkelacker upholding the sentence, and officers dragging her limp figure from the courtroom:

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