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FBI interviews associate of top fundraiser for Trump’s 2016 campaign: report

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On Thursday, The Daily Beast reported that the FBI has questioned Lisa Korbatov, a Los Angeles GOP activist and former business associate of key Trump fundraiser Elliott Broidy.

Korbatov was reportedly questioned by Justice Department investigators in Washington about her work with Broidy, as well as about President Donald Trump’s inauguration.

Broidy, a major fundraiser for Trump’s campaign and inaugural committee, previously served as deputy finance chair of the Republican National Committee. He resigned from the RNC last April amid allegations that Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen brokered a $1.6 million payoff to a Playboy Playmate who claims to have had an abortion after he impregnated her. Broidy categorically denies this accusation.

It is unclear exactly what the Justice Department’s interest in Broidy is, but a Washington Post report last August suggested that prosecutors were looking into whether Broidy offered to facilitate official Trump administration actions on behalf of foreign entities in return for tens of millions of dollars.

Broidy is at least tangentially associated with multiple entities at the heart of criminal investigations. The Trump inaugural committee, which Broidy helped fund, is currently under investigation by federal prosecutors who are trying to determine whether any of its donors sought quid pro quo arrangements, or whether any of its funding was improperly diverted into the Trump Organization.

Meanwhile, one of the prosecutors investigating Broidy is also involved in the DOJ probe of 1MDB, the Malaysian wealth fund. 1MDB is at the heart of a massive international scandal, in which fund managers allegedly embezzled $4.5 billion and engaged in widespread bribery and money laundering to conceal it. An anonymous associate named in a civil forfeiture complaint against indicted 1MDB financier Low Taek matches Broidy’s description, and the Wall Street Journal has also reported Broidy was in talks to earn millions of dollars if the Justice Department stopped investigating Low.

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There is currently no confirmation that Broidy has engaged in any criminal activity, and Broidy has denied wrongdoing. His spokespersons declined to speak to The Daily Beast on the record.

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Progressive reformer claims victory in fiercely-contested Queens DA race

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Progressive reformer Tiffany Cabán has declared victory in her campaign versus Melinda Katz in the Queens District Attorney race.

With 99% of precincts reporting, Cabán held a lead of 1,090 votes, The New York Times reports.

Cabán was backed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

Katz was backed by Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY), who chairs the Queens Democratic Party, and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY)

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New 2020 poll shows Trump trailing all Democrats — some by double-digits

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President Donald Trump trails all of his Democratic rivals in hypothetical matchups of the 2020 presidential race, according to the result of a new poll released Tuesday.

This article originally appeared on Salon.

The survey, conducted by Emerson Polling, found that the president lags behind former vice president Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., by 10 points nationally — 45 percent to 55 percent. He also trails Sen. Elizabeth Warren by six points — 47 percent to 53 percent —and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg by four points — 48 percent to 52 percent.

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Beto O’Rourke’s ‘war tax’ policy proposal is straight out of ‘Starship Troopers’

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Amid an overcrowded Democratic presidential candidate field, it's hard to distinguish yourself from the pack if you don't slot easily into the scale that runs from "pro-corporate centrist" to "left-populist." If you're former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke —  who falls somewhere in the middle, politically, and somewhere towards the top, looks-wise — you pull a militaristic policy proposal out of your hat that recalls some of the most campy pseudo-fascist sci-fi ever written.

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