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MSNBC anchor breaks down why Democrats ‘don’t need Mueller to testify’ before Congress

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Democrats do not need to wait for special counsel Robert Mueller to testify before Congress, an MSNBC anchor explained on Friday.

Chris Hayes launched an energetic lecture on the subject during “All In.”

“It has been a month since the Mueller report came out and the full weight of what is inside it still has not sunk in. That is partly due to a very successful spin effort by the president, his allies and his loyal hand-picked Attorney general,” he explained.

“You can tell the White House has some sense of just how damaging the content of that report is for them, because now they want everyone to just stop paying any attention to it whatsoever,” he noted. “Today we learned the White House’s ridiculous claim of executive privilege is stalling negotiations from Robert Mueller himself to testify before Congress.”

“But here’s the thing, whether or not Mueller does testify, there is a good argument that there is more than enough incriminating, damning information available right now for the Democrats to move forward with impeachment proceedings against the president,” Hayes argued. “They don’t need Mueller to testify and they don’t need the unredacted Mueller report.”

“Volume Two covers a dozen instances of possible obstruction by the president,” he noted. “It’s not just that, all the ‘no collusion’ talk from the Trump White House obscures the fact the way they acted vis-à-vis the Russian interference was completely morally and ethically indefensible.”

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“They outright encouraged a foreign adversary to help them — publicly and privately. They sought — actively — illicit means of help through back channels and that foreign adversary understood them and went ahead and helped them. That’s not right and it’s not okay and all of that information is in the publicly available Mueller report,” he explained.

“The president of the United States has very clearly violated his oath of office. The question is, what do you do with those facts?” Hayes wondered.

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‘Dangerous linguistic power’: A historian explains how Trump weaponizes nicknames

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Is Donald Trump the modern day Earl Long?

A three-time Louisiana governor, Long mastered the art of political ridicule seven decades ago by weaponizing nicknames. The hilarious names Long pinned on his rivals, and the rollicking stories he told about them, riveted audiences bored by puffed-up rhetoric.

While Long’s stunts may be remembered as silly hijinks, there was a sly, often deadly serious, purpose to his technique. He used it to get voters to laugh at his foes and to put them on the defensive––a place politicians never want to be. Tucked within Long’s jests were razor-sharp attacks aimed at exploiting opposition weaknesses––hidden swords inside a pea-patch cloak.

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Walmart got a $2.2 billion tax cut — now it’s laying off workers

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Walmart announced it will lay off hundreds of workers in North Carolina despite receiving billions in tax cuts that the Republican Party and President Trump claimed would spur job growth.

The giant retailer will lay off about 570 employees and close its corporate office near the Charlotte airport, despite signing a 12-year lease just four years earlier, the Charlotte Business Journal reported.

The work done at the Charlotte facility will be outsourced to a firm in Arkansas, according to the report.

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Amazon, Google and Facebook warrant antitrust scrutiny for many reasons – not just because they’re large

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There’s a growing chorus of U.S. politicians, antitrust scholars and consumer watchdogs calling for stricter antitrust treatment of Amazon, Google, Facebook and other tech giants. Some even say they should be broken up.

Most recently, U.S. lawmakers launched a sweeping review to determine if these companies have become so big and powerful that they are stifling competition and harming consumers, while federal regulators are also gearing up to take action.

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