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‘No other way to look at this’: Ex-federal prosecutor says Trump’s Ukraine call was clearly an ‘extortion attempt’

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Impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump continued Friday. On Thursday, explosive texts emerged showing State Department officials struggling to manage Trump’s apparent attempt to extort Ukraine in exchange for dirt on Joe Biden.

On CNN Friday, Greg Bower, former assistant director to Congressional Affairs for the FBI, said he was sure the president had tried to extort the Ukrainian government.

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“You know, I’m a former federal prosecutor in Las Vegas, of all places. I think I would know an extortion attempt if I see one,” he joked. “This is a quid pro quo where something is being offered or held back in exchange of doing something for someone else,” he added. “Now the text messages, I think, fill in the blanks. I don’t think there is any other way to look at this.”

“I don’t think there is any other way to look at this,” he said. He chronicles Rudy Giuliani’s role.

“At one point the diplomats are consulting with Rudy Giuliani or informing him of what Zelensky might say publicly, publicly. But that, Gloria, does not suit what Giuliani thinks the president wants — we’re going to investigate Biden,” he says.

“I remember when Giuliani wanted to be Secretary of State and they turned him down, and now he’s behaving here as if he is the Secretary of State. And the Secretary of State is actually calling Rudy Giuliani to kind of say, well, you know, we passed this along, we passed your concerns along, because he knows this is what the president wants. So it’s everybody saying, okay, how do we get the aid to Ukraine, because everybody seemed to be convinced except for maybe the president and Rudy Giuliani, that the aid needed to go to Ukraine and how do we work around this so we can get the money where it belongs to this country that is trying to fight Russian aggression. or is this far too far? Do you look at that and say that is a crime?”

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Senator plans amendment to end transfer of military equipment to police as violence erupts across the country

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With the militarization of local police forces on full display as heavily armed cops and armored vehicles patrol the streets and crack down on protests over the killing of George Floyd, Sen. Brian Schatz on Sunday said he plans to introduce an amendment to end the federal program that permits the transfer of excess military equipment to police departments across the nation.

"I will be introducing an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act to discontinue the program that transfers military weaponry to local police departments," the Hawaii Democrat tweeted late Sunday.

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As Texas businesses reopen, a short-lived coronavirus safety net is dismantled

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Evictions and debt collections have resumed, child care subsidies will be discontinued and those who are out of work will again have to prove they are searching for a job in order to receive unemployment benefits.

This spring, as a global pandemic promised historic suffering and economic ruin, Texas officials reached for unfamiliar tools. They wove together some protections for the vulnerable, expanding unemployment benefits and child care subsidies, limiting evictions, utility shutoffs and debt collections.

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It wasn’t just Derek Chauvin who crushed the life out of George Floyd — it was the force of American history

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Encouraging police brutality and other forms violence is one of Donald Trump's favorite things to do.

In a 2017 speech, Donald Trump told police: "Please don't be too nice" to suspected criminals.

Predictably, Trump's administration has systematically removed civil rights protections designed to hold America's police accountable for acts of brutality and other crimes against the public.

On Memorial Day, Donald Trump's wish came true (again).

George Floyd was detained by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin and three of his colleagues on suspicion of using a forged $20 bill to make a purchase at a local convenience store.

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