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Judge Blasts Manafort’s ‘Contempt’ for the Law as She Sentences Him for Felony Conspiracy Convictions

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Sentenced to Additional Three and a Half Years – About Seven and a Half Total

Former Trump campaign Chairman Paul Manafort has been sentenced to just over six years for two felony counts of conspiracy related to money laundering and obstruction of justice. Last week, in what experts say was a surprising and generous diversion from norms, Manafort was sentenced to just 47 months when guidelines specified about two decades.

Buzzfeed’s Zoe Tillman breaks it down:

It’s effectively an additional 43 months on top of the 47 months he received last week, for a total of about seven and a half years.

MSNBC’s Pete Williams calls today’s sentence “relatively light.”

“He’ll get out of prison when he’s roughly 75 or 76 years old,” depending on if he gets out early, Williams added. Manafort will turn 70 on April 1.

“The Office of Special Counsel proved beyond a preponderance of evidence that Mr. Manafort intentionally gave false testimony with respect to that matter which was one of several matters in regards to false statement with regard to Mr. Klimnik,” U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said early during today’s hearing.

Judge Jackson blasted Manafort’s “contempt” for the law and “his belief he had the right to manipulate these proceedings.” She also said Manafort’s “career was spent gaming the system.”

“If the people don’t have the facts, democracy doesn’t work,” she also told Manafort and his attorneys.

Judge Jackson also addressed the defense’s arguments about Manafort and collusion.

“It’s hard to understand why an attorney would write that,” she said. “No collusion” is “simply a non-sequitur,” she added, as CNN reports.

Manafort, in a wheelchair and wearing a suit, chose to address the court.

“I am sorry for what I have done,” he said, in contrast to showing no remorse last week. He also claimed he is a different person now.

“As I’ve sat in solitary confinement, I’ve reflected on my life and can see I’ve behaved in ways that did not always comport with my personal values,” Manafort said, as The Atlantic’s Natasha Bertrand reports, adding, “my behavior in the future will be very different.”

Federal prosecutor Andrew Weissmann told Judge Jackson, “Mr. Manafort committed crimes that undermined our political process.”

“At each junction,” Weissmnan added, “Mr. Manafort chose to take a different path. He has not learned a harsh lesson. He served to undermine, not promote, American ideals of honesty, transparency and playing by the rules.”

Judge Amy Berman Jackson effectively telegraphed Wednesday morning Manafort’s sentence would not be “clean up” for the light sentence passed down last week by Judge T.S. Ellis.

 

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Internet Goes Wild Over ‘Obviously Drunk’ Larry Kudlow on Fox News: ‘He’s Lying While Slurring His Words’

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Speculation was rampant on Sunday that White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow was drunk on Fox News.

“There is no economic recession in sight,” Kudlow insisted to Fox News Sunday host Dana Perino.

“Pretty sure Larry Kudlow is drunk on my TV right now… And he is lying while slurring his words,” one Twitter user noted.

“Kudlow is on fox news Sunday right now and from my 30 yrs of tending bar, I gotta say this guy appears drunk,” another user observed.

Some hinted at Kudlow’s addiction to cocaine in the 1990s.

Watch Kudlow on Fox News and read some of the tweets below.

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Julián Castro Blasts Twitter CEO for Not ‘Working to Remove White Supremacists’ After Steve King’s Bizarro Rant

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Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro blasted Twitter for allowing white supremacists on its platform, and went after Republican Rep. Steve King, after the Iowa Congressman posted a bizarro rant directed at the Texas Democrat.

“Hey @JulianCastro,” Rep. King tweeted late Thursday night. “You think it’s NOT embarrassing when you declare that men can get pregnant and then you promote federal funding to abort men’s babies? Genius! A Democrat proposal that will have a CBO score of ZERO! And a bizarre score of 100!!”

Castro on Wednesday had scorched King after the nine-term Republican lawmaker drew scorn and outrage for saying humankind might not exist without rape and incest.

In response to King’s transphobic and bizarre attack, which seemed to come out of nowhere, Castro pivoted, apparently trying to get Twitter’s CEO, billionaire Jack Dorsey, to ban King from Twitter. Twitter has been under fire for what many feel is its slow response in removing white supremacists and neo-Nazis from its platform.

Congressman King has a long and growing history of racist, white supremacist, white nationalist, homophobic, transphobic, and anti-immigrant remarks and policies.

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Warren Opens Double-Digit Lead Over Biden in Key State of Iowa

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U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren has opened a double-digit lead over the current 2020 Democratic frontrunner, former Vice President Joe Biden, in a just-released poll for Iowa.

An Iowa Starting Line-Change Research poll shows Warren at 28%, followed by Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders both at 17%, giving Warren an eleven-point lead over both.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg comes in with 13%. Senator Kamala Harris has 8%. Senator Cory Booker and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke both have 3%.

Warren has gained 16 points in Iowa since May, with all the above candidates dropping over the same time period.

Sen. Warren “spent a considerable amount of time on Iowa trips during the winter and spring, locking in activists and volunteers early on. Warren was also the quickest in the field to build up a strong ground game here, stocked with veteran Iowa Caucus staffers.”

Iowa is a critical state. It’s believed an October, 2007 speech then-Senator Barack Obama gave helped him win the Iowa Caucuses, a turning point that helped him unseat Senator Hillary Clinton as the frontrunner in the 2008 Democratic presidential primary campaign.

 

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