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Columnist slams the system that let Jeffrey Epstein off easy: ‘You can buy your way out of the most disgusting of crimes’

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On Wednesday’s edition of MSNBC’s “All In,” columnist Michelle Goldberg, who recently wrote an article for The New York Times on the issue, slammed the criminal justice system for allowing billionaire wealth manager and accused child sex predator Jeffrey Epstein to take a sweetheart deal.

“One thing I noticed about Jeffrey Epstein’s arrest that it created, at least initially, a rare moment of relative trans-ideological unity,” said host Chris Hayes. “Epstein seems to be the perfect example of a certain kind of elite impunity, those in power getting away with things, and that has been one of the defining features of our era and an engine of discontent and anti-establishment behavior that continues to royal all politics to this day.”

“Right,” said Goldberg. “And it keeps getting more and more so, right, when you read about this private island that he had, never mind the bizarre temple it seems he built on this island. But the fact that it was known locally as pedophile island, and yet as far as we know, it was never searched. And, you know, the thing about Jeffrey Epstein is this was out in the open before his arrest, right? Donald Trump was famously quoted saying, ‘you know, he likes beautiful women as much as I do, many of them on the younger side.’ It was kind of a wink, wink, nudge, nudge thing.”

“And then he goes to jail and he comes out,” said Goldberg. “And he is not shunned, right? He is shunned by some people, but he is still having dinner he is still walking around Manhattan as if this was just a little kind of a traffic skirmish or something. I think one of the grim and horrific lessons of our politics in recent years is that you can buy your way out of the most disgusting of crimes.”

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Illinois GOP embarrasses itself with meme calling four Democratic congresswomen ‘The Jihad Squad’

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Top leaders of the Illinois Republican Party sought to reverse damage on Sunday after posting a movie-style poster on Facebook that depicted four progressive congresswomen who have been repeatedly attacked by President Donald Trump in recent days as "The Jihad Squad."

This article was originally published at Salon

The poster, whose image was reportedly uploaded to the Facebook account of the Republican County Chairmen's Association of Illinois on Friday night, displayed images of the four newly elected congresswomen of color — Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts — who are often nicknamed "The Squad." It showed the lawmakers in film-style action poses with a smiling Pressley aiming a gun and Ocasio-Cortez donning a red evening dress that was on fire. Omar is seen pursing her lips and Tlaib is screaming.

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Democrats, White House near deal to raise debt ceiling

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US Democrats have nearly reached a deal with the Trump administration to raise the debt ceiling, allowing the government to borrow more money and avoid a disastrous default, sources close to the negotiations said Monday.

The "near-final agreement" would suspend the debt limit until the end of July 2021, and increase government spending by raising budget caps on defense and domestic outlays, one source said.

Republicans and Democrats have been hammering out the broad constructs of a deal for weeks as they faced calls to approve the agreement in the House by Friday, when the chamber begins a six-week recess.

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Ivanka Trump visits defense contractor Lockheed Martin to promote apprenticeships

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President Donald Trump's eldest daughter visited defense contractor Lockheed Martin to discuss apprenticeships for minorities.

White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump visited the company's Denver-area facility Monday to discuss its apprenticeship programs and efforts to promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) degrees, reported UPI.

The president's daughter and Lockheed CEO Marilyn Hewson heard from several women who benefitted from Lockheed programs, and Trump pointed out that women who earn STEM degrees were more likely to remain in that industry if they receive on-the-job training during school.

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