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Two former aides to New Jersey’s Governor Chris Christie were convicted today of all charges in the so-called "Bridgegate scandal." Brian Murphy is Associate Professor of History at Rutgers University and a Contributing Editor at Talking Points Memo. He's written about Bridgegate for Vanity Fair.
Whatever happens next Tuesday, this year's election won't really be over until the December 19 when the Electoral College will get together. Like it or not, its 538 voters could counteract tens of millions of Democrats and Republicans — as they did when George W. Bush was elected 16 years ago. It's either the wisdom or the folly of the Founding Fathers — one of the compromises in the Constitution. We hear how the Electoral College works and how it could make for real uncertainty in the showdown between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
This year's campaign has been a field day for investigative reporters. We hear the latest: about the former Mayor of New York, the Manhattan office of the FBI and the Trump campaign.
Two days before FBI Director James Comey rocked the presidential campaign with his vague announcement about reviewing more emails, Rudy Giuliani told Fox News the Trump campaign had a couple things "up our sleeves" to turn things around. Was he leaked information from the FBI? Wayne Barrett is author of Rudy: An Investigative Biography and Trump: the Deals and the Downfall. His latest story for the Daily Beast is headlined, "Meet Donald Trump’s Top FBI Fanboy."
Wayne Barrett, journalist and author
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Special: ‘Trump Baby’ flies over Big Ben… President Trump flies to Europe this week for meetings with NATO, the Queen and Russia’s President Putin. But the president won’t be the only Trump flying when he lands in the UK. An enormous, orange “Trump baby” balloon, complete with a diaper and cell phone is set to float just above the streets of London, for all to see. What else do British protestors have in store?
On the road to SCOTUS: Politics trumps the law Conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate confirmation looks highly likely, but crucial issues won’t go away. The Supreme Court may see cases involving abortion, health care and the limits of presidential power. Can Democrats use upcoming hearings to dramatize what’s at stake--before November’s elections?
Politics and ‘incivility’ One Democrat wants Trump aides confronted in public over separating immigrant families. But her party’s leaders call that “incivility.” The question is: does moderation accomplish real change -- or is it a smokescreen for the status quo? When it comes to achieving racial equality, what’s worked and what hasn’t?
Family migration and the politics of incivility Separating immigrant families at the border may be something new, but the US has never extended the “Good Neighbor Policy” to Central America. Clinton and Bush discouraged newcomers, and Obama was called, “Deporter in Chief.” We’ll provide context ignored in mainstream media coverage.
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