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Trump is now openly soliciting foreign intelligence agencies to join the ‘Trump team’ for the 2020 election: Ex-intel officer

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On MSNBC’s “AM Joy,” former Navy officer and security expert Malcolm Nance laid into President Donald Trump for saying that he’d happily accept campaign dirt from hostile foreign powers, just months after the conclusion of the two-year-long federal investigation into Russia’s efforts to sabotage the 2016 presidential election.

“Isn’t it the case that not just Russians but any foreign government fully understands that … Russia got away with attacking our election last time, what you wrote about in two books, and that they ought to just try it again at least?” asked host Joy Reid. “Because this president is open to it and his attorney general is open to it.”

“Absolutely,” said Nance. “What you saw Donald Trump do the other day … is he confessed to soliciting a crime. He decided that in his mind — and this showed his mindset and why he didn’t talk to Robert Mueller. He would have arrogantly confessed that in his mind, these crimes are not crimes, therefore he can do them.”

“What’s happened now is he has opened the Pandora’s Box,” warned Nance. “Not just foreign intelligence agencies, political organizations from around the world, private individuals, have now all been solicited to come to the Trump team and to bring any dirt that they can find, whether true or not, about Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, anybody else, and then give it to them. And there will be no repercussions and most likely there will be rewards if Trump wins another election.”

“That’s exactly what he has done there,” said Nance. “He has solicited a crime.”

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Here’s how Trump hopes to recreate his 2016 presidential win — and how Democrats can send him packing

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Writing for CNN on Saturday, election forecaster Harry Enten explained how President Donald Trump's recent, racist behavior lies in his desire to recreate the same electoral conditions that gave him a victory in 2016 in the presidential election next year.

"The Trump strategy is pretty simple: 1. Drive up the unfavorable ratings of his Democratic rival as he did in 2016 in order to compensate for his own low ratings. 2. Bank on an electoral college/popular vote split as he did in 2016. 3. Use a campaign of racial resentment to drive up turnout even more among groups favorable toward the President," wrote Enten. As he noted, Democrats have excellent odds to flip back Michigan and Pennsylvania, but they will have to work harder to win back any of the other states Trump flipped from the 2012 Obama camp — in particular Wisconsin, which was the closest state after those two.

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Do politicians actually care about your opinions? This researcher says no

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Earlier this month, a New York Times op-ed written by two political science professors, Ethan Porter of George Washington University and Joshua Kalla of Yale, discussed their troubling research findings: State legislators, the two claim, don't much care about the opinions of their constituents, even if they're given detailed data regarding their views.

This article first appeared in Salon.

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Mitch McConnell’s big donors are Wall Street firms — and only 9% of his funds comes from Kentucky

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Wall Street contributions helped Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell raise $3 million last quarter. But just 9 percent of his donations came from individual donors in his home state of Kentucky.

The biggest blocks of contributions to McConnell’s campaign between April and June came from 29 donors at New York’s Blackstone Group, who donated a combined $95,400, and from 14 executives from the financial firm KKR & Co., who contributed a combined $51,000, the Louisville Courier Journal reports. Executives from firms like Apollo Global Management and Golden Tree Asset Management contributed another combined $65,100.

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