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Hope Hicks thought Trump Jr’s emails looked ‘really bad’ — and Trump told her to cover them up: Mueller

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Former Trump White House staffer Hope Hicks encouraged President Donald Trump to authorize the release of Donald Trump Jr.’s emails setting up a meeting with a Russian agent in 2016 — but Trump told her to keep them secret.

On page 101 of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, Hicks says that she believed the emails in which Trump Jr. said he would “love it” if Russia would leak dirt on Hillary Clinton looked “really bad.”

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Hicks wanted to get out ahead of the story and encouraged Trump to release the emails and then claim that nothing had actually come of the meeting.

“But the President was insistent that he did not want to talk about it and said he did not want details,” the report states.

The contents of the emails eventually started leaking out to the New York Times anyway — and then Trump Jr. himself infamously posted the full set of emails on his own Twitter account.


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Tapper smacks Mnuchin with Trump kids’ international business deals after attack on Biden son

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In a fairly contentious interview with Steve Mnuchin, CNN host Jake Tapper pointed out how Donald Trump's children -- Don Jr., Ivanka and Eric -- have been using their father's name to swing international deals after the Treasury secretary accused former Vice President Joe Biden's son of doing the same.

With Mnuchin dismissing reporting by the Washington Post and the conservative Wall Street Journal that Donald Trump was withholding Ukraine funding in an effort to get dirt on Biden and his son -- saying neither newspaper could be trusted -- he complained to the CNN host about having to spend seven and a half minutes talking about Trump's Ukraine scandal.

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Will Trump peacefully vacate the Oval Office if he loses the presidential election in 2020? A lesson from 1800

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As primary season heats up in the United States, the Democrats are anxiously debating the best path to unseat Donald Trump in 2020. But the question of how to beat Trump is perhaps less urgent than the issue of whether he will accept defeat.

Trump has already questioned his loss of the 2016 popular vote with baseless accusations of voter fraud. He has also repeatedly toyed with the idea of extending his presidency beyond the eight-year limit enshrined in the U.S. Constitution, even trumpeting Jerry Falwell Jr.’s assertion that his first term be extended by two years to compensate for the Russia investigation. Perhaps most ominously, Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen warned while testifying before the House Oversight Committee in February 2019:

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Something is killing galaxies — and science is on the case

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In the most extreme regions of the universe, galaxies are being killed. Their star formation is being shut down and astronomers want to know why.

The first ever Canadian-led large project on one of the world’s leading telescopes is hoping to do just that. The new program, called the Virgo Environment Traced in Carbon Monoxide survey (VERTICO), is investigating, in brilliant detail, how galaxies are killed by their environment.

As VERTICO’s principal investigator, I lead a team of 30 experts that are using the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) to map the molecular hydrogen gas, the fuel from which new stars are made, at high resolution across 51 galaxies in our nearest galaxy cluster, called the Virgo Cluster.

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