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Mueller’s report just destroyed Trump’s last line of defense — here’s how

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One of President Donald Trump’s last remaining lines of defense has been that Russia never really changed the outcome of the election. It was still the American people who voted in the end, the argument goes. But that claim has been cast into doubt following the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s findings.

But, writes Philip Bump of the Washington Post, the Mueller report actually reveals the opposite. “It may be — and appears to be — true that Russia didn’t manipulate actual voting results,” says Bump, “but Russia’s efforts absolutely affected the vote, as they were intended to — and as Trump and his campaign hoped they would.”

“Mueller’s indictments against a number of alleged Russian intelligence agents details how they accessed the Democratic National Committee network and Podesta’s email account (among other targets) and transferred the data to WikiLeaks,” said Bump. “There, the stolen material became a central component of the election coverage for much of the last month,” and even though the hacked Democratic emails didn’t really show anything damning or incriminating about Clinton or her associates, they were treated as a huge story, drowning out coverage of Trump’s “Access Hollywood” tape bragging about assaulting women.

Based on the Mueller report, writes Bump, “The campaign knew that WikiLeaks was releasing material damaging to Clinton, prompting Trump to praise the organization frequently that October,” they believed it would help their campaign.” And public polling at the time showed 37 percent of voters would be less likely to vote for Clinton due to WikiLeaks.

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The claim that Russian involvement didn’t affect the race “is particularly indefensible coming from Trump, who celebrated WikiLeaks publicly precisely because he knew it would help his candidacy. He knew it and Mueller knew it,” Bump concludes. “It was, after all, one of the key reasons that Russia was interfering in the election in the first place.”


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Conservatives are furious over Trump’s budget deal with Democrats — president brags about ‘real compromise’

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House conservatives are livid after President Donald Trump struck a budget deal with Democrats.

"You should veto this bill because it is fiscally irresponsible," the lawmakers wrote in a letter to Trump. "It blows well beyond what was intended with the 2011 [Budget Control Act] caps. Furthermore, it continues spending hundreds of billions more than what we take in a year and does not put our nation on a path towards a balanced budget."

The effort is being driven by first-term Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX).

"As the greatest nation in the history of the world, the least we can do is cut a deal that does not sabotage the fiscal future of our nation while endangering millions of American and migrants because of our porous border," the lawmakers wrote. "We can do better."

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Male Fox News personality rewarded by the network after being caught sending lewd texts to female colleague

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Less than, two weeks after the Huffington Post published shocking text messages a Fox News contributor reportedly sent to his female Fox Nation co-host, the network rewarded the male employee.

“Tyrus, a Fox News contributor and a host on the network’s digital channel, Fox Nation, sent lewd and inappropriate text messages to his now-former Fox Nation co-host, Britt McHenry, according to four sources familiar with the texts’ contents,” the Huffington Post reported.

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‘Trump will be glued to the screen with an IV drip and a catheter’ when Mueller testifies: GOP strategist

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President Donald Trump will be glued to his television during former special counsel Robert Mueller's testimony before Congress, Republican strategist Rick Wilson predicted on Monday.

On Wednesday, Mueller is scheduled to appear before the House Judiciary Committee in the morning and then the House Intelligence Committee in the afternoon.

"This is also a moment where the preeminence of television in our political lives is going to come to the fore," Wilson said. "And Donald Trump knows this."

"That little nervous moment this morning, where 'I might watch a little' — no, Donald Trump will be glued to the screen with an IV drip and a catheter," Wilson predicted.

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