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Trump campaign accused of dumping law firm employing Don McGahn over Mueller revelations: report

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On Friday, Politico reported that President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign is cutting ties with Jones Day, the law firm that worked with Trump during the 2016 election. Instead, the campaign will hire former Republican National Committee lawyer David Groth to provide in-house counsel.

The campaign has characterized this as a cost-cutting measure, but behind the scenes, it appears to be an attempt to punish former White House Counsel Don McGahn, who is a partner at Jones Day.

“Why in the world would you want to put your enemy on the payroll?” one White House adviser told Politico. “They do not want to reward his firm. Trump arrived at that point long ago.”

Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale, however, completely disputes the report, calling it “fake news” and demanding that Politico retract it.

Trump owes some key accomplishments to McGahn, chiefly the confirmation of a slew of new far-right judges to the federal court system. But McGahn’s relationship with the president and his family has reportedly deteriorated.

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For one thing, McGahn drew headlines last year after it came out that he had forced Trump to back off from firing special counsel Robert Mueller by threatening to resign himself — an incident that was further detailed by Mueller’s report.

For another, after The New York Times reported that McGahn drafted a memo disapproving of Trump’s order to overrule intelligence officials and give his son-in-law Jared Kushner a security clearance, Trump suspected McGahn had leaked the story to the press in the first place.

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Jeffrey Epstein wasn’t even a competent investor: report

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There can be no doubt that high-powered hedge fund manager Jeffrey Epstein would rather the public know him for his prominence and success as an investor than for the allegations of child sex trafficking, for which he has now been indicted and faces life in prison. And there has for years been mystique surrounding Epstein's business — his wealth fund is so exclusive that it reportedly requires a billion dollars up front from clients.

But according to the Dow Jones' periodical Barron's, Epstein may not even be good at that.

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Jon Stewart blasts ‘abomination’ of Rand Paul trying to ‘balance the budget on the backs of’ 9/11 responders

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On Wednesday's edition of Fox News' "Special Report," comedian and activist Jon Stewart slammed Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) for blocking unanimous consent for a bill to support health care for 9/11 first responders.

"Pardon me if I'm not impressed in any way by Rand Paul's fiscal responsibility virtue signaling," said Stewart to anchor Bret Baier, who appeared on the show with first responder and activist John Feal.

He added that Paul's complaint, that the bill was unfunded, rings hollow given that he "added hundreds of billions of dollars to our deficit" with the GOP tax cuts for billionaires. He castigated Paul for trying to "balance the budget on the backs of the 9/11 first responder community."

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Republicans will never say that racism is ‘racism’ — basically because they’re racist

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Is there any expression of racism that Republicans will actually admit is racism? It's a question on a lot of progressive minds in the wake of Donald Trump demonizing female congresswomen of color with the "go back" canard that white nationalists and other assorted racists have long used to abuse anyone with heritage they dislike, whether that heritage is Jewish, Irish, Italian, African, Latin American or Muslim. Telling someone to "go back" is, in the ranks of racist statements, right up there with calling a person the N-word or some other rank slur. Yet, there still appears to be resistance among Republicans to admitting that is racism, which leads many on the left to wonder: If this doesn't count, then what could possibly count?

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