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Maddow: Trump’s Mueller ‘delay strategy’ isn’t working — and is destined to fail

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MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow on Monday concluded that President Donald Trump’s stonewalling strategy is not working in the federal courts.

“I don’t know who’s paying for the legal fees for these new lawyers the president and his family have hired to try to keep his taxes and financials a secret but they are definitely putting in their billable hours,” the host noted. “You can wallpaper most of Trump Tower already with their voluminous filings to various courts. ”

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“Those filings make clear baseline that what they’re trying to do is earn themselves as much delay as they can get — just to slow this thing down as much as possible,” Maddow explained. “They may not be able to stop the president’s financial history and taxes from being exposed to investigators in the long run, but they are going to slow it down as much as they can for as long as they can.”

She noted a new judge’s ruling in Trump’s lawsuit against this own accounting firm, Mazars USA, to prevent them handing over his financials to investigators.

“Well, just before we got on the air tonight, the judge in the Mazars case ruled in response to that pleading from the president’s lawyers and the judge said no. The judge is not having it,” she noted. “So the delay strategy is not working out.”

“In the Mazars case, again, where the president is suing his own accounting firm to stop that firm from complying with a subpoena that requires them to hand over his financial documents, his lawyers are trying to slow it down,” Maddow said. “The judge says no, it is full steam ahead, we’re going to have the hearing on the injunction question, we’re going to have the hearing on the merits, we’re going to have the judge ruling tomorrow. The president’s lawyers are not able to slow this thing down. See you in court tomorrow.”

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GOP lawmaker cut the mic on black woman’s facts — but let white men spew ‘lunacy and lies’: report

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The Republican chair of a Tennessee legislative committee is under fire for cutting off the microphone while a woman of color was speaking -- but allowing white men to spew "lunacy."

"It took all of five minutes for Sen. Mike Bell, chairman of the Tennessee General Assembly’s Judiciary Committee, to prove Cherisse Scott’s point. Scott is founder and CEO of Sister Reach, a Memphis organization that fights for reproductive freedom and health for rural women and girls of color struggling with poverty," Memphis Commercial Appeal columnist Tonyaa Weathersbee explained.

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Here’s why Jeffrey Epstein surrounded himself with scientists

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The list of confidants and friends who were fêted by the late financier and alleged sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein included a number of prominent scientists. Among the eye-popping names that appeared on the list: the late cosmologist Stephen Hawking, Nobel-winning physicist Murray Gell-Mann, evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould, physicist Frank Wilczek, neurologist Oliver Sacks, and geneticist George M. Church.

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Trump just humiliated his own son with an absurd tweet about Greenland

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President Donald Trump confirmed multiple reports this weekend when he said that he does, indeed, hope to buy Greenland and make it part of the United States.

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen has said that the country, which is part of the Kingdom of Denmark, is “not for sale”: “Greenland belongs to Greenland.” Which should be the end of the story. Unfortunately, it’s not.

On Monday, Trump sent the following tweet, apparently trying to quell suspicions that the president just regards Greenland as another place to expand his business empire:

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