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Lev Parnas’ lawyer ties Lindsey Graham to corrupt Ukraine scheme

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Rudy Giuliani delivered a letter in late 2018 to Sen. Lindsey Graham calling for sanctions on Ukrainian government officials, including a corruption reformer and another who ran the company whose board Hunter Biden served on.

The attorney for indicted Giuliani henchman Lev Parnas showed the letter to The Daily Beast, which reported the document described the Ukrainian politicians and business leaders as an “organized crime syndicate” — and misspelled the GOP senator’s name as “Lingsey.”

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Attorney Joseph Bondy told the website that Giuliani also showed Parnas a similar letter sent to Sigal Mandelker, then a top official at the U.S. Treasury Department, which enforces foreign sanctions.

“It concerns me, as should any fellow American, that a taxpayer’s money is rudely been stolen in Ukraine [sic],” that letter reads.

The writer of the Mandelker letter identifies himself as Michael Guralnik, a Ukraine-born U.S. citizen who graduated from the Soviet Military Academy and supposedly served 10 years in the Soviet army, but the letter to Graham is signed by Guralnik but doesn’t include the introduction.

The letter arrived a month before Giuliani tried to help former Ukrainian top prosecutor Viktor Shokin travel to the U.S. for a meeting with Graham, according to Bondy.

Several weeks earlier, President Donald Trump’s attorney sent a letter of his own to Graham asking his staff to help three unnamed Ukrainians obtain visas to visit the U.S. and share information about the Bidens.

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Graham and Giuliani did not respond to The Daily Beast’s requests for comment, and it’s not clear whether any lawmakers considered the sanctions recommended by Guralnik — who hung up on the reporters and later followed up by text: “Do not call any more.”


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Tennessee Christians are replacing health insurance with ‘sharing ministries’ that require people to live Godly lives: report

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On Tuesday, Brett Kelman of The Tennessean wrote about a spike in the uninsured rate in Tennessee — driven in part by 31,000 Christians in the state foregoing health insurance in favor of church-backed "sharing ministries."

These ministries are pitched as alternatives to medical coverage, but they are not health insurance at all — rather, they are better described as religious crowdfunding ventures where fellow congregants may cover your medical bills. But the key word is may. According to Kelman, "these groups don't actually guarantee any payment, and if you break their rules by smoking pot or having unmarried sex, you are on your own."

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The Trump-bubble is bursting: Coronavirus is only part of the problem with the stock market

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As the coronavirus outbreak approaches global pandemic status, the financial markets started the week in the hole. In the case of the U.S. Stock Exchange, all of the gains for the year were erased in one day. But the cause isn't isolated to the deaths caused by the virus.

Axios reported Tuesday that the market tumble that President Donald Trump's precious economic bubble might be bursting.

Asset fund managers said coming into 2020 that the stock market would be less predictable, but would likely rise about 5 percent from the 2019 close.

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Democrat ‘appalled’ by classified Senate briefing on coronavirus: ‘Should have been fully open to American people’

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Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) blasted the Trump administration for withholding information about coronavirus preparations from the public.

The administration gave senators a classified briefing Tuesday morning on the virus, which Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) warned Monday could turn into a potential pandemic unless President Donald Trump and his team took swift action.

"The Trump administration has been asleep at the wheel," Schumer said. "President Trump, good morning, there is a pandemic of coronavirus. Where are you?"

After the briefing, Blumenthal sounded like he hadn't been reassured by the administration -- and called for more transparency.

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