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Yale historian lays out 50 reasons to suspect Trump has been corrupted by Russia

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Trump abruptly cancelled a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin planned for the G20 summit. (AFP/File / Brendan Smialowski)

A Yale historian laid out 50 pieces of publicly available evidence that he believes shows President Donald Trump has been compromised by Russia and its president.

Timothy Snyder has been warning since before Trump’s election that his ties to Russia and his disregard for the law and political norms posed a danger to U.S. democracy, and he tweeted out some of the evidence from his new book The Road to Unfreedom laying out a case against the president.

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Attorney General William Barr is putting the finishing touches on his redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, but Snyder said there’s ample evidence, dating back to at least 1984, that Trump has engaged in illegal and compromising activity with Russian mobsters and spies.

“It’s literally impossible to understand Trump without Russia,” Snyder told The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Snyder gathered evidence that Russian gangsters began laundering money through Trump Tower in the 1980s, and the future president visited Moscow in 1987, where he was almost certainly targeted by spies, after he was courted by Soviet diplomats.

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Trump started attracting Russian investors a decade ago, and he publicly sought a closer relationship to Vladimir Putin and conducted business in Moscow — which his attorney pleaded guilty to lying about — up through the 2016 campaign.

Barr claims that Mueller was unable to find evidence of criminal wrongdoing against the president, but Syder says Trump clearly benefitted from Russian efforts to tip the election to him, after cultivating ties to the former reality TV star for years.

“Russia obviously interfered in U.S. elections,” he said.

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Rosh Hashanah services interrupted by death of the first Jewish woman on the Supreme Court

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The death of the first Jewish woman on the U.S. Supreme Court interrupted Rosh Hashanah services on Friday evening.

"On Friday, Jewish people around the country celebrating Rosh Hashanah were stunned to learn that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a prominent member of their own tribe, had died," the HuffPost reported. "People received alerts, Zoom messages and announcements from their rabbis about Ginsburg Friday night."

While many people were saddened by the passing of the iconic jurist, Twitter user Leora Horwitz noted a silver lining.

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‘Big mistake’: Trump’s favorite pollster tells Fox News why Republicans shouldn’t push nomination before the election

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Fox News on Friday examined why it would be a "big mistake" for Republicans to attempt to force through a nominee to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court.

Following Ginsburg's death, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) vowed that Trump's nominee would receive a vote, but did not specify whether it would occur before the election or during the "lame duck" session of Congress that occurs before the 2020 election victors are sworn in.

But conservative pollster Scott Rasmussen warned Republicans it would be a bad idea during an appearance with Fox News personality Laura Ingraham.

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LISTEN: Mourners sing ‘Amazing Grace’ outside the Supreme Court to celebrate Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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Heartwarming videos were shared on social media on Friday night showing the spontaneous gathering at the Supreme Court following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

The large crowd, with many people wearing masks, sang the hymn "Amazing Grace."

Here are some of the videos of the scene:

A moving moments as dozens join in to sing “Amazing Grace” on the steps of the Supreme Court. pic.twitter.com/NGZyZi4YR4

— Mike Balsamo (@MikeBalsamo1) September 19, 2020

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