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Editorial: When the President is Above the Law We Can No Longer Peddle the Fairy Tale of a Democracy

Reading Time: 4 minutesBy publicly and procedurally taking a stance that the President of the United States will dismiss the authority of the Congressional branch of government, he has stepped into the role of a dictator unchallenged. Without all three branches of our government, we have lost our checks and balances and without them, the rule of law regarding our president and his appointees is defunct.

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NY Post: Ex-prosecutors: Trump would have been charged if he weren’t president

Reading Time: 2 minutes“We emphasize that these are not matters of close professional judgment,​”​ ​the prosecutors said. ​”​But, to look at these facts and say that a prosecutor could not probably sustain a conviction for obstruction of justice ​-​ the standard set out in Principles of Federal Prosecution ​- runs counter to logic and our experience.​”

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The Root: Robert Mueller Wrote a ‘Bish, What?’ Letter to the Attorney General After Barr Remixed the Special Counsel’s Report

Reading Time: 4 minutesMueller punted. That’s the takeaway here. Mueller could’ve concluded that that the president did or didn’t commit obstruction of justice. The report he created described at least 10 significant episodes of possible obstruction of justice. But Mueller, who we already know knows how to work a phone because he surely called Barr to complain about his four-page summation, couldn’t call someone to ask if he had to adhere to a long-standing Justice Department policy that says a sitting president cannot be indicted and for that reason, here we are. Mueller punted and Fred Flintstone Face ran it back for a touchdown.

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New York Times: In a Functional Country, We Would Be on the Road to Impeachment

Reading Time: 5 minutesMost people aren’t going to read the nearly 500-page report. Republicans have already seized on Barr’s words — and on the lack of criminal charges in a document that was never going to contain criminal charges — to claim total vindication for Trump. The president’s manifest disloyalty to the country in trying to halt an investigation into a foreign attack on an American election is, to the right, of no account. Nor are the counterintelligence implications of Mueller’s findings, which aren’t part of the report. In the eyes of the president’s supporters, his campaign did not participate in the criminal conspiracy that helped elect him, so no more needs to be said.

The reaction to the report shows that between the minority of Americans who support Trump and the majority who do not, there may no longer be even the possibility of a shared sense of reality or national purpose. Even as exemplary a figure as Mueller cannot change that.

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Break News: Biden Will Announce His Plans to Join the 2020 Race on Thursday

Reading Time: 3 minutesABC News has confirmed that Joe Biden will announce he’s entering the 2020 race Thursday morning in a video. This will be the beginning of Biden’s third run for the presidency and he enters the crowded Democratic field in the top spot in several polls despite the recent #metoo related PR issues that have plagued his soon to be campaign for weeks.

Biden brings a long career in public service to his presidential bid, which began in 1972 when he was elected to the Senate in Delaware. Biden served in the Senate for nearly 40 years, where he served as chair of the Senate Judiciary and Foreign Relations committees, before becoming vice president in 2009. All of this makes him one of the most experienced candidates ever to run for the office of President. However, that kind of history in the public eye brings with it years of things to criticize. 

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CBS News: Militia allegedly trained to assassinate Obama, Hillary Clinton

Reading Time: 2 minutesThe leader of a militia group who’s been detaining migrants near the U.S.-Mexico border allegedly told the FBI his militia was training to assassinate former President Obama, Hillary Clinton and Democratic donor George Soros. Larry Hopkins, head of the United Constitutional Patriots, is charged with possession a firearm as a felon and could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted. Hopkins appeared before a federal judge Monday.

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Fast Company: This platform wants to fix the disturbing lack of data on police violence

Reading Time: 4 minutesIn the U.S., police brutality is a known problem: all-too-numerous headlines in recent years have detailed the deaths of Philando Castile, Freddie Gray, and Mike Brown, among many others. But recent research suggests that police kill around three people per day in the U.S., and those people are disproportionately black men. Those findings, though, still fail to account for other violence and verbal and physical abuse people face at the hands of police.

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