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Ex-mob prosecutor says Trump’s talk with Putin was a ‘get your stories straight call’ like she used to hear on wiretaps

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The former chief of the organized crime and racketeering unit at the U.S. Attorney’s office in the Southern District of New York explained on MSNBC Friday how President Donald Trump’s call with Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin reminded her of what she used to hear listening to mob wiretaps.

MSNBC legal analyst Mimi Rocah was interviewed on “Deadline: White House” with Nicolle Wallace.

“Official after official, when brought up to Capitol Hill, has bemoaned the fact there’s no top-down order to tell Russia to stay out of our democracy,” Wallace noted.

“There’s no order,” Rocah agreed. “He’s doing the opposite.”

“This phone call between Trump and Putin today reminded me of what we would call — when we were on wires of criminals and listening to their conversations and they didn’t know it — the ‘get your story straight call,'” Rocah replied. “They would do something, they didn’t know we were listening to them after whatever crime they just committed, they robbed a bank or whatever, then they’re on the phone, sort of talking, kind of sort of in code, but it’s a yeah, ‘when we went to the store earlier and I bought the milk,’ you know, they’re making their cover story, congratulating each other, patting each other on the back, saying ‘it’s all good, we made it, we didn’t get caught.’ That’s what this reminded me of.”

“If you look at the obstruction that Trump, I think, clearly committed, it was obstruction of the investigation into Russia, not just Trump, but into Russia’s actions,” Rocah suggested. “And that’s what this phone call was about.”

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We have to prepare for this Trump nightmare scenario as Republican power-grabbers grow bolder

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Polls currently show that all the major Democratic presidential candidates are pulling way ahead of Donald Trump, and while Democrats should take nothing for granted — Trump will run a campaign so nasty it will likely put 2016 to shame — there is at least some reason hope that Americans will turn out in large numbers and that Trump will be soundly defeated in 2020. That victory would be both exciting and an enormous relief, a moment when we all collectively begin to believe that the national nightmare is ending.

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Jon Stewart’s journey from satirist to political advocate is no laughing matter

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When Jon Stewart quit the Daily Show, the satirical news and comedy show he hosted for 16 years until August 2015, he explained to his replacement, Trevor Noah, that he was tired – and angry at the state of politics and political discourse in the US. As Noah reported:

He said ‘I’m leaving because I’m tired.’ And he said, ‘I’m tired of being angry.’ And he said, ’I’m angry all the time. I don’t find any of this funny. I do not know how to make it funny right now, and I don’t think the host of the show, I don’t think the show deserves a host who does not feel that it is funny.‘

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Record plunge in manufacturing for New York region: NY Fed

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Manufacturing activity in New York State took a record dive this month and fell into contraction, suddenly reversing recent gains, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York reported Monday.

The surprising drop was another worrying sign for the US manufacturing sector, a day ahead of the start of a Federal Reserve meeting that comes as markets clamor for signs the central bank will cut interest rates soon to preserve economic growth.

Manufacturing has been a weak spot for the American economy this year as global demand slows and President Donald Trump pursues a multi-front trade war with some of America's largest trading partners.

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