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Donald Trump, Scaredy-Cat

Donald Trump, Scaredy-Cat”Crooked Hillary,” Donald Trump tweeted in November 2017, “bought the DNC & then stole the Democratic Primary from Crazy Bernie!” The unusually tight relationship during the 2016 primary between the Democratic National Committee and its presidential front-runner, the president suggested, might be worthy of a Justice Department investigation. If that were true, then the FBI should have a new case on its hands: the unprecedentedcollusion between the Republican National Committee and Trump himself. Clinton, in August 2015, signed a secretive and controversial joint fundraising agreementwith the DNC that gave her the vast bulk of money raised and eventually placed some of the party machinery under her financial control. Trump, on the other hand, hasn’t just influenced and benefited from the RNC; he’s inhaled it like a cheeseburger. In December, nearly two years before the 2020 election, the Republican Party and the president’s re-election campaign literally merged into a single unit, called Trump Victory, which…

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Inside Ivanka’s Dreamworld

Inside Ivanka’s DreamworldYou could tell by his eyes, the way they popped and gleamed and fixed on someone behind me. Only one person gets that kind of look from Donald Trump. “Oh!” the president said. “Ivanka!”Ivanka Trump lifted her hands, astonished. “I forgot you guys were meeting—I was just coming by!” she said. “Uh-oh!”The first daughter (though not the only daughter), wearing a fitted black mockneck and black pants, her golden hair fastened in a low twist, glided across the Oval Office. It was a Tuesday afternoon, and it was apparently vital to inform Trump, at that very moment, that Siemens had pledged to expand its education and training opportunities to more workers as part of Ivanka’s workforce-development initiative. She also wanted to remind him that tomorrow would be the inaugural session of the program’s advisory board, and that Tim Cook would be joining the meeting.“She loves doing it,” Trump…

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Who’s Afraid of the Mueller Report?

Who’s Afraid of the Mueller Report?On Thursday, Robert Mueller’s highly-anticipated, 400-page report on the Russia investigation is slated to drop. But as far as Donald Trump and his associates are concerned, it will be just another weekday. Even as speculation has built that Team Mueller was unsatisfied with Attorney General Bill Barr’s summary of the report, Trump allies remain confident—serene, even—in their belief that the fuller version will only help their case ahead of 2020.To them, Mueller’s top-line finding of “no collusion” was the only finding that mattered on March 24, when Barr released his summary, and will be the only finding that matters on Thursday and beyond. According to Barr, Mueller was unable to reach a conclusion on obstruction one way or the other, meaning it’s likely that the full report could bring to bear some unsavory details about Trump’s conduct in office. But even that prospect doesn’t worry…

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HOS Reform Sent To White House For Approval

HOS Reform Sent To White House For ApprovalEver since the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate went into effect, the need for serious Hours of Service (HOS) reform has been thrust into the spotlight. Last week, Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced that a proposed rule has been created and sent to the White House for approval. Truck drivers have been requesting major HOS reform since the rules were last changed in 2014 (and even before). Last year, the FMCSA announced that they were seriously considering action on the HOS rules. Their request for input from the public yielded over 5,200 comments, mostly in support of making the HOS rules more flexible. Speaking at the Mid-America Trucking Show on March 29th, Chao was tight-lipped about what the NPRM might contain. “This NPRM was just sent to the Office of Management and Budget,” Chao told the audience. “That means, of course,…

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NRATV has hosted a contributor to a white nationalist publication 32 times

NRATV has hosted a contributor to a white nationalist publication 32 timesThe National Rifle Association’s media operation NRATV has hosted anti-immigration activist Michael Cutler 32 times dating back to March 2018. Cutler, who worked as an agent for the now-defunct U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, has contributed a large number of articles to a white nationalist journal and has ties to other white nationalist-affiliated groups. The NRA has long used immigrants as a boogeyman to rile up its supporters, and Cutler has become the organization’s go-to commentator for its inflammatory media operation NRATV. Since March 2018, Cutler has made 24 appearances on NRATV program Stinchfield, a news of the day program, and eight appearances on Relentless, which is hosted by NRA national spokesperson Dana Loesch. Cutler’s most recent NRATV appearance was on April 15. In addition to being a frequent NRATV guest, Cutler is a contributor to white nationalist journal…

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