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Donald Trump Reads, Once Again, From Roy Cohn’s McCarthyite Playbook

mcCarthy to Cohen to TrumpA check of the Union Field Cemetery in Queens confirms that Roy Cohn has not risen from his family’s burial vault, where the inscription in the white marble reads in black letters:

“ROY M. COHEN, LAWYER AND PATRIOT,
FEBRUARY 20, 1927, AUGUST 2, 1986”

But there seems no doubt that his spirit was very much alive in the Oval Office on Friday. Cohn’s primary tactic since his youthful days as chief counsel to Senator Joseph McCarthy’s Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations was always to attack, attack, attack and deny, deny, deny; to make no admissions, never give an inch, fight to win no matter who is in the right, win because winning is the only thing, especially if you are in the wrong.

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Marines Probed For Posting Nude Photos Of Female Colleagues

Marines posted nude photos of female colleaguesThe U.S. Marine Corps is looking into the suspected distribution of nude photographs of female members of the service among military personnel and veterans via a social media network that promotes sexual violence, the Marine Corps Times said on Sunday.

A Marine Corps spokesman told the independent newspaper specializing on the Corps that military officials are uncertain how many military personnel could be involved.

Officials from the Marine Corps Naval Criminal Investigative Service were not immediately available for comment.

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FBI Director James Comey Asked DOJ To Refute Trump’s Wiretapping Claim

Jim ComeyFBI Director James Comey asked the Department of Justice to “publicly reject” President Donald Trump’s explosive allegation over the weekend that then-President Barack Obama had ordered a wiretap of Trump’s communications during the presidential campaign, The New York Times reported on Sunday.

Comey said that Trump’s claim, which he tweeted early on Saturday without offering any evidence, “is false and must be corrected,” according to unnamed U.S. officials who spoke with the Times. The Justice Department, led by Trump-nominated Attorney General Jeff Sessions, has not done so yet.

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Thousands of ICE detainees claim they were forced into labor, a violation of anti-slavery laws

Detainees claim forced labor in class action suitTens of thousands of immigrants detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement were forced to work for $1 day, or for nothing at all — a violation of federal anti-slavery laws — a lawsuit claims.

The lawsuit, filed in 2014 against one of the largest private prison companies in the country, reached class-action status this week after a federal judge’s ruling. That means the case could involve as many as 60,000 immigrants who have been detained.

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‘House Of Cards’ Creator Asks Twitter To Remove Donald Trump’s Account

House of cards founder wants to stop Trump twitter account“House of Cards” creator Beau Willimon has had it with Donald Trump’s tweets. So much so that the creator of Netflix’s White House drama pleaded with Twitter on Saturday to delete the president’s accounts.

In a series of pointed tweets of his own, Willimon charged that Trump’s Twitter presence poses a “national security threat,” adding that it “emboldens our enemies to take advantage of his flagrant shortcomings.”

Willimon noted that Twitter is “amazing” and that it “connects the world.” But he said, “That comes with its own responsibility: to do your part in protecting that world.”

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Former Trump Adviser Roger Stone Admits Collusion With WikiLeaks, Then Deletes It

Roger StoneRoger Stone, a confidant to President Donald Trump and former adviser to his campaign, acknowledged late Saturday that he had a “back channel” to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, amid mounting reports that multiple advisers to Trump’s campaign had undisclosed communication with Russian officials.

”Never denied perfectly legal back channel to Assange who indeed had the goods on #CrookedHillary,” Stone wrote Saturday night.

Stone later deleted the tweet, along with several other offensive tweets, including posts where he called various women “fat [and] stupid” and “you stupid ignorant ugly bitch.”

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Former DNI Director Clapper denies wiretap of Trump Tower

James ClapperFormer Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper on Sunday denied President Trump's allegations that former President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower before the election.

During an interview on NBC's "Meet The Press," Clapper was asked if he would be aware if something like that had happened.

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Trump’s Wiretap Rant Betrays Ignorance of the Law

Trump ignorant of lawPresident Donald Trump set the political and national security community on fire Saturday morning, starting the day with a four-part Twitter rant alleging that former President Barack Obama had “tapped” his phones during the presidential campaign.

Trump invoked the specter of the Nixon and McCarthy eras, suggesting there were “bad” people involved in shady activities. If this latest early morning tirade shows us anything, however, it is that the president has a rather pedestrian understanding of how the law works.

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Norwegian ship rescues 503 refugees from Med Sea

Norway rescues immigrants at seaA Norwegian ship has rescued 503 people from the Mediterranean Sea in eight operations since Thursday.

The Norwegian Police Service says the Siem Pilot arrived Sunday in the Sicilian port of Catania with 503 migrants on board. A seriously ill 16-year-old boy died being helped on board, police said.

The agency said the migrants — 358 men, 29 women and 116 children, including babies —sailed from Libya last week in rubber dinghies and wooden boats. It said many of them were injured, some with gunshot wounds, burn injuries and head wounds.

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