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Illinois state worker quits $77,000 a year job after he is busted for racist emails about the Obamas: report

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The Illinois Office of Executive Inspector General revealed on Friday that a state worker quit his job after being confronted with sexist and racist emails he had sent, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Donald R. Johnson, 76, “immediately expressed his desire to resign” his $77,200 a year job as an investigator for the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, the report said.

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“The inspector general’s office did not release copies of the emails with its report and redacted much of what it said was sexist and racist language,” the Tribune noted.

The report did publicly document emails Johnson had sent about Barack and Michelle Obama.

“The watchdog’s report said Johnson sent an email Feb. 1, 2016 — Obama’s last year in office — from his personal email account to his state account. The body of the email read: ‘Have you seen any photos like this in the 7 years? — with the mutt in office now. Me neither.’ The email included photos of former President George W. Bush standing with members of the U.S. military and wounded soldiers,” the Tribune reported.

“On May 11, 2014, Johnson sent an email with the subject line ‘Move over Hanoi Jane,’ the report states. That email had an image of Michelle Obama on a visit to China,” the newspaper reported. “The email text read: ‘Move over Hanoi Jane, here comes ‘Peking Michelle!!!’ Michelle Obama waves red communist flags on her taxpayer funded visit to China. Anyone remember her ever waving an American flag? Well, I guess it was almost a foregone conclusion … but here it is, live and in living color!! (No pun intended)'”

Johnson had worked for the agency since 2008 — the same year Obama was elected president.

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“The 76-year-old Johnson is the second workers’ comp commission employee to resign over the sending and receiving of sexist and racists emails,” the Tribune noted.


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GOP will be ‘aided and abetted’ by Russian bots and trolls defending Trump: Former FBI counter-intel chief

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The former assistant director for counterintelligence at the Federal Bureau of Investigation warned Americans to "hunker down" because Russian intelligence will be repeating Republican talking points.

Frank Figliuzzi was interviewed Thursday by MSNBC's Brian Williams on "The Last Word."

"Frank, Fiona Hill -- who richly deserves it -- has been awarded front page status tomorrow morning on the front page of The New York Times, and I imagine newspapers and websites across this country," Williams noted.

"It was extraordinary today when she -- in effect, begged -- asked, certainly, members of the committee to stop supplying Russian talking points, to stop advancing Russian propaganda in the Congress of the United States," he continued.

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Trump has committed 6 impeachable offenses: Harvard Law’s Laurence Tribe says ‘the evidence is all there’

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Constitutional law expert Laurence Tribe broke down the six impeachable offenses President Donald Trump has committed during a Thursday appearance on MSNBC's "The Last Word" with Lawrence O'Donnell.

Tribe has argued 36 cases before the United States Supreme Court and taught at Harvard Law for 50 years. He co-authored the 2018 book To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment with Joshua Matz.

"Everyone was in the loop, it was no secret. That was the testimony from Ambassador Gordon Sondland yesterday as he implicated the president, Secretary of State, White House chief of staff, and former National Security Advisor John Bolton and other administration officials in the plot to bribe the president of Ukraine to publicly launch an investigation into Joe Biden in exchange for U.S. military aid to Ukraine that was authorized by Congress and that the president was withholding," O'Donnell reported.

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Rachel Maddow breaks down how public opinion is catching up with the facts of Trump’s impeachment

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MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow on Thursday broke down how the details from the televised impeachment hearings are being reported in local newspapers.

The host read the headlines from multiple newspapers following the damning testimony by Ambassador Gordon Sondland.

The Los Angels Times headlined, "Sonland implicates president." "Envoy says Trump directed effort," was The Wall Street Journal headline.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch headlined, "'Everyone was in the loop. It was no secret': Defiant Sondland says he followed Trump's orders."

"Trump directed pressure on Ukraine, ambassador says," headlined The Kansas City Star.

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