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Another week brings yet another gargantuan lie from Trump’s den of liars

Paul Manafort, the former chair of Donald Trump's campaign and now convicted felon, is poised to spend the rest of his life in jail, exactly as a federal judge originally predicted last year. Manafort, 69, had a shot at escaping that fate if he had remained faithful to his cooperating agreement with the special counsel's office conducting the Russia probe. But telling the truth was just a little too much to ask of, well, anyone with deep ties to Trump, which means Manafort's most realistic chance of not dying in jail rests in the hope of a presidential pardon.

The federal judge in the Manafort case found the special counsel's office had proven three of its five claims against the defendant and that, indeed, he had "intentionally" lied to federal prosecutors. The most intriguing of those lies were about Manafort's meetings both during and after the campaign with Russian-Ukrainian Konstantin Kilimnik, whom the special counsel has tied to Russian intelligence. 

All of this makes Manafort an extraordinarily gifted liar. After being convicted of both bank and tax fraud, and pleading guilty to money laundering and attempted witnesses tampering, Manafort just went right ahead and lied to federal prosecutors about his contacts with a Russian spy. Impressive! No wonder special counsel Robert Mueller deemed a prison sentence of some 20-plus years appropriate. 

But once again, we are left to wonder, why? What exactly was so important about his contacts with Kilimnik—indeed, so damning—that Manafort concluded it was better to lie to agents of the U.S. government and risk taking his last breath from the confines of a jail cell than to tell the truth. 

It's a conundrum reminiscent of the head-scratching lies Michael Flynn told FBI agents all the way back in early 2017 when he was still Trump's national security adviser. Why—when Flynn was well aware the FBI likely knew about his phone calls with Russian Ambassador Surgey Kislyak—did he proceed to lie to them anyway? What exactly was the calculation that went through his head when the FBI officials interviewing him were telegraphing that they totally knew about his Kislyak calls?


Why the U.S. Must Not Ignore Violence Against Indigenous Women | NowThis
'Is this the message that we should pass down to our youth?' — One of the first Native American congresswomen Deb Haaland refuses to let the violence against Indigenous women be overlooked any longer. » Subscribe to NowThis: In US news, the first Indigenous congresswoman Rep. Deb Haaland called for more resources to end violence against Indigenous women. Debra Haaland, (D-NM) Congresswoman: 'In 2016 it was reported that 8 in 10 Native women had survived serious violence during their lifetimes. 50% have suffered sexual violence and 90 percent of these cases have involved a non-native perpetrator. I appreciate the recent work that tribal governments have done to shed light on the silent crisis of gender violence and violence against women, that have gone overlooked in Indian country for far too long. Most of all I thank the Native women who have endured generations of systematic violence, who are ten times more likely to be murdered, and 4 times more likely to be sexually assaulted when compared to the national average. Further exacerbating this issue the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights ‘Broken Promises’ report states that crime and victimization in Indian country is caused by the systematic underfunding of tribal law enforcement and criminal justice systems coupled with pre existing barriers. In communities with the nation's highest rates of crime that are comparable to dense urban cities like Detroit and Los Angeles. I'm building on legislation like Savannah's act and Vanua to provide our women with programmatic resources that will expand to urban areas where many Native Americans are frequently overlooked in this silent crisis. My work will also provide resources to families of missing women. Part of of redefining who we are starts at home. Last week at the University of New Mexico, the first major public discussion of Pueblo feminism took place during the 20th Annual American Indian Studies Association conference. During a panel, students described the presence of women and two spirit people in modern tribal governance. One of the female students said quote, I am never going to be a governor or hold a leadership position in my tribe, because these are only positions reserved for males. This is probably why Deb Haaland ran for Congress, because she knew she couldn't have political power within our existing system, unquote. I asked, is this the message that we should pass down to our youth? Some tribes continue to practice a European tradition of patriarchal governments that refuse to allow women a seat at the table. As another one of these bright young women said, 'we are survivors of colonialism, but we don't have to continue to live in it.' To the students who organized this discussion to shed light on the issue. Thank you for your bravery and your strength. Your leadership is what keeps me moving forward. I see you, and I hear you.' #DebHaaland #NativeAmerican #IndigenousWomen #Indigenous Connect with NowThis » Like us on Facebook: » Tweet us on Twitter: » Follow us on Instagram: » Find us on Snapchat Discover: NowThis is your premier news outlet providing you with all the videos you need to stay up to date on all the latest in trending news. From entertainment to politics, to viral videos and breaking news stories, we’re delivering all you need to know straight to your social feeds. We live where you live. @nowthisnews


Governor Gavin Newsom Endorses Kamala Harris For President | All In | MSNBC
The governor spoke to Chris Hayes about his state's decision to sue the president for declaring a national emergency at the border. » Subscribe to MSNBC: MSNBC delivers breaking news and in-depth analysis of the headlines, as well as informed perspectives. Find video clips and segments from The Rachel Maddow Show, Morning Joe, Hardball, All In, Last Word, 11th Hour, and more. Connect with MSNBC Online Visit Subscribe to MSNBC Newsletter: Find MSNBC on Facebook: Follow MSNBC on Twitter: Follow MSNBC on Instagram: Governor Gavin Newsom Endorses Kamala Harris For President | All In | MSNBC