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Federal prosecutors are combing through a massive treasure trove of Trump inauguration documents: CNN

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Prosecutors at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York are combing through a giant stash of documents related to President Donald Trump’s inauguration, reports CNN’s Kara Scannell.

According to Scannell, prosecutors in New York have obtained “tens of thousands” of inauguration-related documents, which she describes as “a sign that the investigation into the committee’s finances is advancing.”

The documents were handed over in response to what Scannell describes as a “wide-ranging subpoena” that was issued back in February that encompassed the Trump inauguration committee’s finances, vendors, and donors.

Among other things, prosecutors are examining whether any of the inauguration’s $107 million in funds came from foreign sources, which would be a clear violation of campaign finance laws. Additionally, SDNY is looking at whether the committee broke the law by evading reporting requirements for payments made to certain individuals.

During an appearance on CNN Monday afternoon, Scannell said that the investigation still appears to be in its early stages, as attorneys at SDNY have yet to interview any of the inaugural committee members who were in charge of its finances.

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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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