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‘The FBI director is wrong!’: Trump openly declares he’d welcome more foreign election help

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Echoing his famous “Russia, if you’re listening” moment from the 2016 election, President Donald Trump said Wednesday in a new interview with ABC News that he would be happy to accept more election help from foreigners — and suggested there might not be any need to call the FBI if it’s offered.

“If somebody called — Norway — ‘We have information on your opponent.’ Oh, I think I’d want to hear it,” Trump said.

“You want that kind of interference in our election?” asked interviewer George Stephanopoulos.

“It’s not an interference! I think I’d take it,” he said. “If I thought there was something wrong, I’d go maybe to the FBI.”

The topic came up when Stephanopoulos raised the topic of Donald Trump’ Jr.’s testimony to Congress and asked whether the president’s son should have gone to the FBI when officials from the Russian government offered him election help in 2016. Trump falsely said in response that Trump Jr. was barely mentioned in the Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the 2016 election interference by the Russians; in fact, it appears that the special counsel examined at least two of his actions for possible criminal charges, including the acceptance of help from Russians.

But Trump insisted that his son did nothing wrong and had no reason to go to the FBI when he was the target of Russian interference efforts.

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Stephanopoulos pointed out that FBI Director Christopher Wray, who Trump appointed, said that someone in Trump Jr.’s circumstances should go to the FBI, and the president’s voice became low and serious.

“The FBI director is wrong!” said Trump.

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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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