Giuliani Tried To Do Podcast Deal With Site That Amplified His Ukraine Conspiracies

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After John Solomon ran columns in The Hill that touched off a disinformation campaign against Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, the publication had discussions with Rudy Giuliani about a business venture.

As ProPublica revealed last month, Giuliani associate Lev Parnas had helped arrange an interview Solomon conducted with a Ukrainian prosecutor who claimed the Obama administration interfered with anti-corruption cases involving high-profile people, including Biden’s son Hunter. Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, trumpeted Solomon’s work on cable news. The Hill articles are now a central component of the Trump impeachment investigation.

Less than four months after Solomon’s reporting, Giuliani and The Hill actively pursued a deal to create a podcast together, with Solomon acting as an intermediary, according to emails obtained by ProPublica. The project, which never came to fruition for unclear reasons, featured the former New York City mayor interviewing various public figures. The emails include recordings of lengthy chats with the commissioner of Major League Baseball, Rob Manfred, and a retired Marine Corps general named James T. Conway.

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Know Someone Who Died Over Cost Of Healthcare? 34M Americans Do

Shedding more light on the fatal consequences of America’s privatized and profit-driven healthcare system, a study published Tuesday found that a staggering 34 million people in the U.S. know of at least one friend or family member who has died over the past five years due to their inability to afford sky-high treatment costs.

The new study by Gallup and the non-profit organization West Health surveyed over 1,000 U.S. adults from all 50 states. The report found that people making under $40,000 per year were more than twice as likely to know someone who has died due to inability to afford healthcare than were people making $100,000 or more per year.

“These tragic consequences of our for-profit healthcare system are why a majority of Americans support Medicare for All, where everyone would have guaranteed access to the healthcare they need.”
—Melinda St. Louis, Public Citizen

Gallup and West Health also found that over 20 percent of non-white U.S. adults know someone who has died due to unaffordable treatment compared to 9 percent of white adults, highlighting the stark racial inequities in U.S. healthcare.

According to Dan Witters, a research director at Gallup who worked on the new study:

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Ukrainians Divided On Trump’s Extortion

Ukrainians don’t agree on how their president should have handled Trump’s request. Andreas Wolochow/

Erik C. Nisbet, The Ohio State University and Olga Kamenchuk, The Ohio State University

What do the Ukrainian people think of the impeachment controversy?

The congressional investigation centers on Trump’s attempts to pressure Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy into opening a corruption investigation into presidential candidate Joe Biden.

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Stephen Miller’s White Nationalism Is Now Official Policy, Emails Show

In 2015, Katie McHugh was a young reporter for Breitbart News and Stephen Miller was an aide to Jefferson Beauregard Sessions, III (who was surely not in any way a flaming bigot while a Senator).

In 2019, Katie McHugh has renounced the white nationalism and Islamophobia which drives idealogues like Stephen Miller, who is now one of Donald Trump’s closest policy advisors. As part of that renunciation, McHugh shared over 900 emails with Hatewatch all of which highlight just how hate-driven Miller really is.

The emails were sent from Miller’s Hotmail address while he was serving as Sessions’ aide. McHugh was introduced to Miller by Breitbart editors in 2015 with a clear understanding that Miller would influence her reporting.

“For that reason, and because Miller would have regarded her as a fellow traveler of the anti-immigrant movement, McHugh sometimes starts conversations with Miller in the emails, seeking his opinion on news stories,” Hatewatch reports. “Other times, Miller directly suggests story ideas to McHugh, or tells her how to shape Breitbart’s coverage. Periodically, Miller asks McHugh if he can speak to her by phone, taking conversations offline.”

Of course he does, because there are some things for which he wants no record.

“What Stephen Miller sent to me in those emails has become policy at the Trump administration,” McHugh told Hatewatch.

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Sean Hannity Should Worry About Public Impeachment Hearings

As we get ready for the impeachment hearings set to begin Wednesday morning, a subset issue I’ll be keeping in mind is the role of Sean Hannity in Trump’s bribery/extortion scheme with Ukraine. As CNN host Brian Stelter put it yesterday, the testimony we have seen so far has highlighted Hannity’s role as one of Trump’s “shadow foreign policy advisers.”

On yesterday’s Reliable Sources, Stelter and his panel discussed how the impeachment hearings may play in the right-wing media. Guest Tara Dowdell, a Democratic political and business strategist, predicted that the right-wing media will “ramp up” its aggression and become “more robust, more comprehensive” in its coverage.

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In Absurd Self-Own, Trump Says ‘We Have Lawless People In High Places’

President Donald Trump asserted on Tuesday that there are “lawless people in very high positions” in the U.S. government.

While speaking at the Economic Club of New York, Trump spoke about appointing federal judges to fight the so-called “lawless” unnamed officials.

“So important,” he insisted “We’ve got some lawless people in very high positions. They are lawless.”

Trump, who has been accused of being a “lawless” president, did not reveal which officials he believes are lawless.

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DACA Recipients To Supreme Court: ‘Home Is Here’

Today the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Trump’s efforts to repeal DACA (Deferred Action On Childhood Arrivals,) which have so far been blocked by the courts. According to the Los Angeles Times,

For more than two years, Trump has been seeking to end the special protections for the Dreamers put in place by Obama, but he has been blocked by federal judges in San Francisco, New York and Washington D.C. All three said the proposed repeal was flawed because it relied on the false claim that Obama’s policy was illegal from the start.

Hallie Jackson interviewed two DACA recipients who were outside the Supreme Court as part of the protesting crowds who gathered in defense of the more than 700,000 DACA recipients and Dreamers whose lives hang in the balance of this court decision.

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Senior Trump Official In State Department Busted With Fake Résumé

Virtually nothing on her résumé in her professional or educational background turned out to be true. Chang also highlighted a fake Time magazine cover, that never happened.

Source: NBC News

WASHINGTON — A senior Trump administration official has embellished her résumé with misleading claims about her professional background — even creating a fake Time magazine cover with her face on it — raising questions about her qualifications to hold a top position at the State Department.

An NBC News investigation found that Mina Chang, the deputy assistant secretary in the State Department’s Bureau of Conflict and Stability Operations, has inflated her educational achievements — like claiming, falsely, to be a Harvard grad — and exaggerated the scope of her nonprofit’s work.

Whatever her qualifications, Chang had a key connection in the Trump administration. Brian Bulatao, a top figure in the State Department and longtime friend of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, attended a fundraiser for her nonprofit in Dallas and once donated $5,500 to her charity, according to a former colleague of Chang’s.

Chang, who assumed her post in April, also invented a role on a U.N. panel, claimed she had addressed both the Democratic and Republican national conventions, and implied she had testified before Congress.

…and in her office, her proudly displayed Time magazine cover.

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