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Fox News host Shep Smith blasts AG Bill Barr’s spin: ‘We were deceived’

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Fox News anchor Shepard Smith on Thursday explained to his audience how voters were “deceived” by Attorney General Bill Barr’s claims about what was included in the report by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Smith noted the discrepancy between whether Barr views his job as working for the American people or being the personal attorney for President Donald Trump.

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“If the goal is to control the narrative though — though the attorney general is supposed to work for the people, not the president — in this case if you’re the president and the attempt is to control the narrative, in other words to tell people, here’s what it’s going to say before it gets out there, all 448 pages, if I’m the president, I’m happy with what William Barr did this morning,” he explained.

“But if I’m one seeking the truth about what is in this report, in many cases we were deceived,” he noted.

“Specifically, he said that the president fully cooperated, where the president was openly trying to keep people from cooperating and openly trying to keep his own testimony from them,” Smith reported. “That is not full cooperation by anyone’s definition.”

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Trump may even pardon former Detroit mayor in November to score Black Michigan votes: Root editor

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One of the things President Donald Trump's pardons revealed Tuesday is that Trump isn't above using the judicial system for political purposes, said Jason Johnson, politics editor at "The Root."

In a panel discussion with MSNBC's Brian Williams, Johnson said that it's all indicative of a man who wants to believe that he is an all-powerful king of the United States.

"The goal is Donald Trump wants to use all of the sort of pardons and this commuting of sentences in order to create a commercial," he explained. "It's theater. 'I'm the benevolent king. I can put my thumb up or down like a powerful emperor. Look at all these people I can rescue.' And when he does that, and people come out like Rod Blagojevich, and they say, 'Oh, hey, I owe him this or I'm going to give school (sic) to that person,' it allows him to sort of demonstrate that he's got an imperial presidency."

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America’s millionaires just stopped paying into Social Security for the rest of 2020

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On Wednesday, not even two full months into 2020, millionaires will stop paying into Social Security for the year due to the program's payroll tax cap.

The cap limits annual wages subject to the Social Security payroll tax to the first $137,700. Sarah Rawlins, program associate at the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), wrote Tuesday that the cap means "someone who makes $1,000,000 per year stops paying into the program on February 19, 2020."

"That makes a millionaire's effective tax rate well below the 6.2% of income that most Americans pay," Rawlins noted. "Instead, it is less than 1% of a millionaire's income. The Social Security tax is only levied on wages, excluding income from other sources like capital gains, meaning those with wages over the cap likely have an effective tax rate even lower than this estimate."

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DOJ puts out bizarre late-night statement: AG Bill Barr ‘has no plans to resign’

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The Department of Justice put out a statement Tuesday evening denying that Attorney General Bill Barr would be resigning from office.

Kerri Kupec, the director of communications and public affairs at DOJ, issued the statement at 10:28 p.m. in Washington, DC.

"Addressing Beltway rumors: The Attorney General has no plans to resign," Kupec announced.

The denial came after a Washington Post report that Barr was considering quitting if Trump continues to tweet about active investigations.

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