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GOP’s portrayal of Trump as a corruption fighter torn to shreds as ‘complete nonsense’

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Republicans who defended President Donald Trump during impeachment hearings insisted that he wasn’t trying to shake down the Ukrainian government to investigate his political foes, but was instead sincerely concerned about fighting corruption abroad.

CNN’s John Avlon, however, argued on Wednesday that Trump showed these claims were “complete nonsense” after he unleashed a slew of pardons and commutations for corrupt former public officials, including former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and NYPD Commissioner Bernard Kerik, who both were sent to prison after being found guilty of abusing their offices for personal gain.

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“The president just used his pardon power to commute the sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who was convicted of trying to sell Barack Obama’s senate seat!” Avlon exclaimed. “He was charged with a variety of corruption charges, including holding $8 million in funds to a state children’s hospital in hopes of getting a $50,000 campaign contribution!”

In addition to Blagojevich and Kerik, Trump also saw fit to pardon David Safavian, a former General Services Administration chief of staff under President George W. Bush who was convicted of obstructing justice during the criminal investigation into disgraced former lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

“So to recap: The crimes that Trump pardoned include corruption, obstruction of justice, perjury, tax fraud, wire fraud, and bribery,” Avlon said. “These are many of the same offenses that Trump associates are accused of committing.”

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Stephen Colbert tries to dissect a bizarre conspiracy theory about Andrew Cuomo’s nipple ring

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"Late Show" host Stephen Colbert unpacked the latest conspiracy theory from those bored Americans socially isolating in their homes.

This week, while wearing a white collared shirt with the disaster relief seal on it, Gov. Andrew Cuomo was photographed in a way that made people speculate about whether his nipples are pierced.

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While the governor's office has denied the New York leader installed the barbell, it was a question Colbert felt was important to discuss.

"Ah-hah!" Colbert exclaimed. "A classic nipple mystery! Just like 'Man-boob on the Orient Express! or 'The Talented Mister Nippley!' I promise I'm not making this up. I kind of wish I was. But internet sleuths are examining this picture of Cuomo that appears to show an outline of something that may or may not be a nipple barbell."

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New evidence shows Trump—who says he knew Covid-19 was ‘going to be horrible’—allowed exports of crucial supplies to continue

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While countries in Europe and Asia spent the first several weeks of the year preparing their healthcare systems and populations for the coronavirus outbreak by stockpiling crucial medical supplies, the Trump administration spent that same time sending dozens of medical shipments overseas as President Donald Trump denied the coronavirus would have much of an impact on the United States.

As The Intercept reported Wednesday, while the new coronavirus ravaged countries including China, Italy, and Iran in February and early March, U.S. manufacturers were sending large shipments of respirators, ventilators, and protective medical equipment to Germany, Belgium, and Japan.

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Trump ignored White House economists’ warning of devastating impact of pandemic months ago: report

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White House economists released a study last year that warned a pandemic could kill 500,000 people and devastate the economy months before the coronavirus outbreak, but top officials and the president appear to have ignored their warning.

A study by the Council of Economic Advisers ordered by the National Security Council predicted that a pandemic similar to the 1918 Spanish flu or the 2009 swine flu could lead to a half-million deaths and cost the economy as much as $3.8 trillion.

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