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Trump pardons Charlottesville truther and convicted white-collar criminal who wrote glowing book about him

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On Wednesday, President Donald Trump pardoned Conrad Black, a Canadian-born newspaper publisher and member of the British House of Lords who was convicted amid allegations he stole $60 million from investors and sentenced to 42 months in prison.

Black published a book last May entitled Donald J. Trump: A President Like No Other, full of glowing praise for his “friend” Trump. The president, in turn, praised Black as an “entrepreneur and scholar” and stated that the Supreme Court “overturned almost all charges in his case.”

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Additionally, Black is noted for coming heavily to Trump’s defense in the aftermath of the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where the president was broadly panned for insisting that there were some “very fine people” in with the neo-Nazis. In a heavily revisionist blog post in 2017, Black insisted Trump was correct, insinuating that most the neo-Nazis were really just there to peacefully celebrate Southern heritage and violent left-wing agitators from Antifa and Black Lives Matter instigated the violence. Robert E. Lee, he wrote, “would have been as disgusted as we are by the extremists of both sides.”

Black is the latest in a series of deeply political pardons issued by the president, who has come to relish his use of the one presidential power that neither Congress nor the courts has any authority to review.

He has also pardoned former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a notorious racist who housed prisoners in self-described “concentration camps” and was convicted of contempt of court for profiling Hispanics; far-right author and documentary filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza, who pled guilty to a fraudulent campaign finance scheme; and Army Lt. Col. Michael Behenna, who was sentenced to 25 years in prison for murdering a detainee.

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‘Making things worse’: National Farmer’s Union chief unloads on Trump in blistering statement on trade war

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Roger Johnson, the president of the National Farmers Union, delivered a blistering rebuke to President Donald Trump after he responded to new tariffs from China by issuing a purported "order" telling American companies to look for alternative places to manufacture their goods.

In an official statement, Johnson pointed out that farmers so far have felt the brunt of the president's trade war, as China has slapped heavy tariffs on key agricultural products such as soybeans.

He also crushed the president for failing to make any progress on reopening the Chinese market to American goods.

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Doctors treat Ruth Bader Ginsburg for tumor on her pancreas: SCOTUS spokesperson

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg this week had underwent a procedure to treat a tumor from her pancreas, a court spokesperson tells Washington Post reporter Robert Barnes.

According to the Court, "the tumor was treated definitively" with radiation "and there is no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body."

The 86-year-old Ginsburg late last year underwent surgery to treat lung cancer and she returned to the bench this past February.

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REVEALED: Trump associate Felix Sater gave Osama bin Laden’s phone numbers to the feds

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The Russian businessman Felix Sater has been linked to Trump family enterprises for years. He was central to the effort to bring Trump Tower to Moscow. He also worked on the Trump SoHo condominium hotel in the mid-aughts.

During that time, Sater also worked as an informant for the FBI and CIA and aided prosecutors on various cases. He started working with the FBI in 1998, after he was caught in a stock-fraud scheme, reports the Wall Street Journal.

That's been previously reported. But what the WSJ found is that a letter just unsealed from the government praises Sater for being an especially good collaborator.

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