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Lev Parnas flipped after feeling betrayed by Trump associates: ‘Felt like my family left me’

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Lev Parnas felt betrayed after the husband-and-wife legal team Joe diGenova and Victoria Toensing remained silent about their relationship to him.

The Ukraine-born associate of President Donald Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani was arrested in October on campaign finance violation charges, and he was hurt that Giuliani and the couple did not speak up to defend him, reported The Daily Beast.

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“I felt like my family left me,” Parnas told the website.

All three frequently appear on Fox News to defend controversial clients and allies, but Parnas was stung by their silence.

“Knowing everything about me, knowing that this was probably a hit job, they all just clammed up,” he said.

That betrayal helped Parnas decide to come forward with documents, photos and other evidence related to his efforts on behalf of Trump and Giuliani to pressure the Ukrainian government to announce an investigation — which eventually led to the president’s impeachment.

Lawyers connected to Trump initially latched onto Parnas after his arrest, but he told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow that he “fired” them because he believed they “tried to keep me quiet.”

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Here are 11 of the most popular progressive policies for candidates to run on — and 5 of the least popular

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New polling from the progressive pollster Data for Progress, described in a new piece Monday at Vox, points the way forward for Democrats looking to oust President Donald Trump from the White House and enact a liberal policy agenda.

Progressives often argue that their plans are broadly popular with Americans, and that these ideas are only prevented from becoming reality because of an obstinate Republican Party weaponizing racism and misinformation, archaic political institutions that stymie significant efforts at reform, and corruption across the two parties that allows special and corporate interests to undermine the popular will. And there is a fair amount of truth in this idea — some progressive idea are remarkably popular, and there's no good reason they haven't been implemented yet.

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US economy faces long-lasting damage from Trump’s trade war: fed official

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The outbreak of the new coronavirus in China adds another risk factor to the outlook, which otherwise seemed poised to provide steady growth, said Loretta Mester, president of the Federal Reserve's regional bank in Cleveland.

"At this point, it is difficult to assess the magnitude of the economic effects, but this new source of uncertainty is something I will be carefully monitoring," she said of the epidemic.

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Amazon’s ‘Hunters’ slammed by Auschwitz Memorial

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Amazon Prime’s new show Hunters was called out by the Auschwitz Memorial on Sunday for “dangerous foolishness and caricature” for creating a scene that is historically inaccurate. The show, which stars Al Pacino, Logan Lerman, Jerrika Hinton and Tiffany Boone, follows a group of Nazi hunters in New York City in 1977. The scene in question takes […] (more…)

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