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GOP strategist has ‘no confidence’ that Barr will release anything other than a whitewashed Mueller report

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Republican strategist Rick Tyler cracked wise on MSNBC Monday, saying he expected attorney general Bill Barr to redact so much of the Mueller report that he was going to invest in ink.

“Rick, I am guessing we’re all excited for transparency, but you watched Bill Barr last week,” said host Stephanie Ruhle, setting up the segment. “Do you have any sense of confidence or optimism we are going to get that transparency?”

“No, I just made a note to buy ink stock,” joked Tyler.

The Mueller report is “tantamount to an oppo research document,” Tyler went on. “There’s nothing in it that’s good for the president, it’s bad.”

“The president knows this,” he added pointing to Trump’s early morning rant on Twitter. “He goes on to say, ‘investigate the investigators.’ What does that mean? We’re going to investigate the people who just exonerated you? This doesn’t make any sense.”

“The only way to investigate it is to release the report. Let Congress and the American people decide how the president behaved,” Tyler continued. “It may not rise to a criminal conspiracy but impeachment is not based on political conspiracy or legal standards, it’s based on what members of Congress think he did.”

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‘Dangerous linguistic power’: A historian explains how Trump weaponizes nicknames

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Is Donald Trump the modern day Earl Long?

A three-time Louisiana governor, Long mastered the art of political ridicule seven decades ago by weaponizing nicknames. The hilarious names Long pinned on his rivals, and the rollicking stories he told about them, riveted audiences bored by puffed-up rhetoric.

While Long’s stunts may be remembered as silly hijinks, there was a sly, often deadly serious, purpose to his technique. He used it to get voters to laugh at his foes and to put them on the defensive––a place politicians never want to be. Tucked within Long’s jests were razor-sharp attacks aimed at exploiting opposition weaknesses––hidden swords inside a pea-patch cloak.

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Walmart got a $2.2 billion tax cut — now it’s laying off workers

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Walmart announced it will lay off hundreds of workers in North Carolina despite receiving billions in tax cuts that the Republican Party and President Trump claimed would spur job growth.

The giant retailer will lay off about 570 employees and close its corporate office near the Charlotte airport, despite signing a 12-year lease just four years earlier, the Charlotte Business Journal reported.

The work done at the Charlotte facility will be outsourced to a firm in Arkansas, according to the report.

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Amazon, Google and Facebook warrant antitrust scrutiny for many reasons – not just because they’re large

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There’s a growing chorus of U.S. politicians, antitrust scholars and consumer watchdogs calling for stricter antitrust treatment of Amazon, Google, Facebook and other tech giants. Some even say they should be broken up.

Most recently, U.S. lawmakers launched a sweeping review to determine if these companies have become so big and powerful that they are stifling competition and harming consumers, while federal regulators are also gearing up to take action.

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