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Ex-White House official turns on Barr after ‘giving him the benefit of the doubt’: He’s ‘in Trump’s pocket’

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On Friday, David Gergen flipped on Attorney General Bill Barr for protecting President Donald Trump.

Gergen, is a CNN political commentator, and he also served as a presidential adviser for Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, and Bill Clinton. He noted that Trump has Barr “in his pocket.”

Barr gave his first interview since becoming attorney general to Fox News anchor Bill Hemmer. During the interview, Barr talked about his commitment to investigate the origins of the Trump-Russia probe.

“Barr is now also parroting the president when it comes to the word ‘spying,’ which is what the president used to describe what happened to his campaign,” CNN host Erin Burnett said. “David, why is Barr kowtowing to Trump on this?”

Gergen explained that Barr acts like Trump’s personal attorney, and not the attorney general for the country.

“He presented himself to the Congress and he basically made a pledge that he would be an independent attorney general. That he would be the nation’s top attorney. What he has done over the last few weeks, is become the president’s top attorney,” Gergen explained.

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Adding, “He is acting as if he is in the president’s pocket. He has become the No.1 defender of the president. And to go on Fox News and give what can only be construed as a very partisan tangent and leaning interview about all of this is deeply distressing.”

“I was among those saying we should give him the benefit of the doubt. I can’t understand why he would let his legacy crumble,” Gergen said.

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Progressive reformer claims victory in fiercely-contested Queens DA race

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Progressive reformer Tiffany Cabán has declared victory in her campaign versus Melinda Katz in the Queens District Attorney race.

With 99% of precincts reporting, Cabán held a lead of 1,090 votes, The New York Times reports.

Cabán was backed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

Katz was backed by Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY), who chairs the Queens Democratic Party, and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY)

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New 2020 poll shows Trump trailing all Democrats — some by double-digits

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President Donald Trump trails all of his Democratic rivals in hypothetical matchups of the 2020 presidential race, according to the result of a new poll released Tuesday.

This article originally appeared on Salon.

The survey, conducted by Emerson Polling, found that the president lags behind former vice president Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., by 10 points nationally — 45 percent to 55 percent. He also trails Sen. Elizabeth Warren by six points — 47 percent to 53 percent —and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg by four points — 48 percent to 52 percent.

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Beto O’Rourke’s ‘war tax’ policy proposal is straight out of ‘Starship Troopers’

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Amid an overcrowded Democratic presidential candidate field, it's hard to distinguish yourself from the pack if you don't slot easily into the scale that runs from "pro-corporate centrist" to "left-populist." If you're former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke —  who falls somewhere in the middle, politically, and somewhere towards the top, looks-wise — you pull a militaristic policy proposal out of your hat that recalls some of the most campy pseudo-fascist sci-fi ever written.

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