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The 5 Worst Things Jared Kushner Told Bob Woodward About Trump’s COVID Strategy

The 5 Worst Things Jared Kushner Told Bob Woodward About Trump’s COVID Strategy

The president’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner has made a out of making about a pandemic he . Most notably, at a meeting at the beginning of the crisis, he reportedly said that New Yorkers “are going to suffer and that’s their problem” — remarks first by Vanity Fair last month that Kushner has denied and that are .On Wednesday, the number of his fumbled comments grew considerably, when published two separate interviews from April and May in which Kushner spelled out the questionable logic underpinning the administration’s pandemic response to journalist Bob Woodward. Though...

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As Trump Campaigns on False COVID Optimism, A New Peak Looms

As Trump Campaigns on False COVID Optimism, A New Peak Looms

President Donald Trump continued to spout his rosy narrative of a nation on the mend at a campaign event in Florida on Friday, which was also the second day in a row that new infections in the United States surpassed 64,000 for the first time since July. “The light at the end of the tunnel is near. We are rounding the turn,” Trump told rally-goers. “Don’t listen to the cynics and angry partisans and pessimists.” Playing down the pandemic in an attempt to salvage his chances for reelection—a prospect upended by Trump’s bungling of the public health crisis that has killed more than 218,000...

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After Badmouthing Fauci For Months, Trump Campaign Sneaks Him Into TV Ad

After Badmouthing Fauci For Months, Trump Campaign Sneaks Him Into TV Ad

More than six months into the pandemic that has upended the 2020 race, Donald Trump’s campaign is apparently only now realizing that attacking Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, might not be helping their reelection bid. In an administration that has politicized the public health crisis and disputed science time and again, Fauci’s sober assessments of the coronavirus outbreak—and his willingness to contradict Trump’s rosy version of events—has made him popular among voters, a trustworthiness that the Trump campaign is now co-opting for their own gain. A new TV ad...

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Debate Moderator Chris Wallace Plans to Just Let Trump Lie

Debate Moderator Chris Wallace Plans to Just Let Trump Lie

As media outlets prepare to fact-check Tuesday’s first presidential debate in real time, Fox News’ Chris Wallace, who is moderating, is expected to do the opposite. “My job is to be as invisible as possible,” Wallace said during a preview for the debate on Monday, Yahoo News. “I’m trying to get them to engage to focus on the key issues, to give people at home a sense of why I want to vote for one vs. the other, but if I’ve done my job right, at the end of the night people will say, ‘That was a great debate. Who was the moderator?'” The 72-year-old Fox News Sunday host is the first of three...

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Trump Dreams Up Another Way to Steal the Election: Congress

Trump Dreams Up Another Way to Steal the Election: Congress

Addressing supporters from the rally stage in Middletown, Pennsylvania, on Saturday night, President Donald Trump continued to sow distrust in America’s electoral process. He not only leveled baseless attacks against mail-in voting—as he’s —but also publicly brainstormed different ways he could maintain power. Just hours after Trump officially Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his Supreme Court nominee to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a massive television screen at the rally projected the message “FILL THAT SEAT!” If Republicans are successful in their Barrett before election day,...

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Pompeo’s Swing-State Appearances Look a Lot Like Campaigning for Trump

Pompeo’s Swing-State Appearances Look a Lot Like Campaigning for Trump

Please read our updated and , effective on December 19, 2019.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appears to be promoting President Trump’s agenda in visits to battleground states, an unprecedented use of the office for partisan politics, that comes just 40 days ahead of the election. While the appearances are billed as routine federal business, the venues and blatant political undertones in Pompeo’s remarks make them seem an awful lot like campaign events. Most recently, Pompeo traveled to Wisconsin — a key swing state in the 2020 race — to address Republican lawmakers about U.S. policy toward...

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The Pentagon Reportedly Blew Its $1 Billion Coronavirus Budget on Body Armor and Planes

The Pentagon Reportedly Blew Its $1 Billion Coronavirus Budget on Body Armor and Planes

Hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars Congress intended for pandemic relief were instead diverted for military spending, with bailout cash used to produce products like jet engine parts, body armor, and dress uniforms. For a period of time, the Washington Post , the $1 billion fund that Congress gave the Pentagon via the Cares Act to “prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus” was on track to be used for its original purpose, with $750 million for medical resources and $250 million for defense contractors. That was what Ellen Lord, Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and...

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Democratic Donations Skyrocket as SCOTUS Fight Upends the 2020 Race

Democratic Donations Skyrocket as SCOTUS Fight Upends the 2020 Race

Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, and the future of the nation’s highest court, quickly moved front and center in an election year marked by a pandemic, protests against racial injustice, and impeachment. The imminent confirmation battle over the Supreme Court vacancy is already reshaping the presidential race, with President Donald Trump encouraging the Senate Republicans’ to replace Ginsburg. At a campaign event in Fayetteville, North Carolina on Saturday, Trump said he would put forth a nominee to fill the vacant seat next week and that the candidate would be a woman, Politico He cited...

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“McConnell Cares Only About One Thing And That’s Power”: Shameless GOP Plows Ahead to Replace RBG

“McConnell Cares Only About One Thing And That’s Power”: Shameless GOP Plows Ahead to Replace RBG

The future of the Supreme Court—and the 2020 election—was upended Friday night following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s vow shortly after to replace her. “President Trump’s nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate,” McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, said in a statement on Friday, setting off an imminent confirmation battle as in the presidential race has begun and election day is away.Unsurprisingly, McConnell, who has effectively used his power to get more than 200 of Donald Trump’s federal judicial nominees...

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Michelle Obama’s Searing Message to Trump: This Job Is Too Hard For You

Michelle Obama’s Searing Message to Trump: This Job Is Too Hard For You

Former First Lady Michelle Obama offered a stunning speech to close the first night of the Democratic National Convention, galvanizing viewers with calls to empathy and denouncing Donald Trump’s abject failure of leadership. “He cannot meet this moment. He simply cannot be who we need him to be for us. It is what it is,” she said, a reference to Trump’s own to the rising U.S. death toll in his shocking Axios interview. “He is the wrong president for our country. He has had more than enough time to prove that he can do the job, but he is clearly in over his head.”Being president, she said,...

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“Absurdly Unconstitutional”: Trump Bypasses Congress From His Private Golf Club

“Absurdly Unconstitutional”: Trump Bypasses Congress From His Private Golf Club

President Donald Trump responded to stimulus talks with a series of executive actions undermining Congressional power that are unlikely to provide substantial economic relief and may face legal challenges. Trump said he would bypass Congress during a news event held at his private New Jersey golf club, where cheered him on as he signed orders on unemployment, evictions, students loans, and payroll tax, which he claimed “will take care of pretty much this entire situation,” the Washington Post.It was the second such event in two days, with Trump giving “paying members a front-row seat to a...

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“I Really Like Kanye West”: Republicans Bank on a Spoiler Candidate to Save Trump

“I Really Like Kanye West”: Republicans Bank on a Spoiler Candidate to Save Trump

Until , Kanye West was a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump, with whom he claims to share “dragon energy.” He even wore a MAGA hat in 2018. But early last month, the rapper announced he would be running for president himself this cycle. The declaration, seemingly another of West’s publicity stunts, prompted many an eye-roll. Yet recent reports that Republican operatives have been aiding his campaign suggest that GOP members see West’s candidacy as a way to draw votes away from Joe Biden.West can’t even get on most ballots at this point, having missed the filing deadlines. But he is...

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Does New Battleground Polling Mean Trump Is Completely Screwed?

Does New Battleground Polling Mean Trump Is Completely Screwed?

With 100 days until Election Day, new polling finds presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden ahead in three battleground states that swung Donald Trump’s way in 2016. According to CNN polls conducted from July 18 to 24, Biden leads by single-digit margins among registered voters in Florida (51% Biden to 46% Trump) and Arizona (49% to 45%), and 52% to 40% in Michigan, an edge that mirrors the double-digit advantage Biden has over Trump . Trump carried all three states in 2016, winning by the narrowest margin in Michigan. The former vice president’s lead, according to the findings, is largely...

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Trump Uses Portland For “Law and Order” Theatrics

Trump Uses Portland For “Law and Order” Theatrics

With his polls sagging, and amid his ongoing failure to address the raging pandemic, President Donald Trump appears to be seizing on the streets of Portland, Oregon—where protests against the police killing of George Floyd are ongoing—to try and scare Americans into reelecting him. Portland provided an opportunity for Trump to wield federal power at a time when the momentum of protests in other U.S. cities was waning, the Washington Post , leaving the president without a clear stage to act out his “law and order” campaign pitch. “In Portland, he found a theater for his fight,” the Post...

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Trump Thinks He’s Done Enough For COVID Relief, Wants a New FBI Building Instead

Trump Thinks He’s Done Enough For COVID Relief, Wants a New FBI Building Instead

In the coming week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is expected to reveal another coronavirus relief bill, likely the last of its kind before November’s election. With cases in the U.S. skyrocketing and death tolls surging, it comes at an urgent moment. In its current form, the Republican-sponsored bill allocates $25 billion to testing and contact tracing—measures seen as crucial to tamping down on the virus’s spread in the states. But to the Washington Post, the White House has objected to the funding, with some administration officials advocating to cut it from the bill altogether...

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Surprise: Trump’s “Drain the Swamp” Promise Was a Load of Hot Garbage

Surprise: Trump’s “Drain the Swamp” Promise Was a Load of Hot Garbage

Lobbyists who have thrived under Donald Trump’s administration continue to do so in the throes of a pandemic, according to a new from watchdog group Public Citizen. At least 40 lobbyists with ties to Trump—through his campaign, his inaugural committee, his transition team, or his administration—have either lobbied or registered to lobby on COVID-related issues, helping clients secure more than $10.5 billion in federal coronavirus aid in total. “The crisis offered an especially lucrative opportunity for those lobbyists who enjoy close ties to President Donald Trump and his administration—and...

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Trump Casually Moves to Cut Health Care for Millions During Deadly Pandemic

Trump Casually Moves to Cut Health Care for Millions During Deadly Pandemic

Even a pandemic can’t stop the endless to kill Obamacare, an agenda the Trump administration pushed forward on Thursday in requesting that the Supreme Court overturn the Affordable Care Act. The move came in the form of a brief filed just before midnight, the New York Times, in which the Trump administration joined Republican officials in 18 states to argue that the law is unconstitutional. As a Kaiser Family Foundation details, the law’s so-called individual mandate requires Americans to maintain a minimum level of health insurance or pay a penalty to the IRS. In 2017, Congress set that...

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Florida Voters to Trump: Keep Your Virus-Bomb Convention Away From Us

Florida Voters to Trump: Keep Your Virus-Bomb Convention Away From Us

President Donald Trump wants the Republican National Convention to move to Jacksonville, but new polling indicates the feeling may not be mutual. Trump’s to give up his dream of packing thousands of Republicans into an arena led the party to move its main festivities from Charlotte, North Carolina to Jacksonville, Florida, a city with fewer coronavirus-imposed restrictions. The move came after Governor Roy Cooper couldn’t guarantee that North Carolina would host the event just as it would have operated pre-pandemic, given the safety risks that come with accommodating around 20,000...

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Elizabeth Warren Will Embrace Big-Money Donors On Biden’s Behalf

Elizabeth Warren Will Embrace Big-Money Donors On Biden’s Behalf

Senator Elizabeth Warren will hold a fund-raising event for Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee who could ask her to join the ticket as his vice president. As the New York Times Saturday, the gathering of donors that Warren has agreed to (virtually) host in June, per three people with knowledge of the plans, is precisely the kind of top-dollar fund-raiser that she during her presidential campaign. Warren’s spokeswoman declined the Times’ request for comment, and Biden campaign officials did not respond to requests for comment.Warren seemed to align herself more with Biden this...

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Jeff Sessions Finally Had Enough of Trump’s Twitter Taunts

Jeff Sessions Finally Had Enough of Trump’s Twitter Taunts

Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions pushed back late Friday to criticism from President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly jabbed at Sessions and is now backing Tommy Tuberville against him in the Alabama Senate primary. “3 years ago, after Jeff Sessions recused himself, the Fraudulent Mueller Scam began,” Trump . “Alabama, do not trust Jeff Sessions. He let our country down.” Sessions defended his decision to recuse himself from the Russia investigation, even though he was legally bound to, and fired back at the president that “you’re damn fortunate I did.”Sessions standing up for himself...

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Trumpworld Ratchets Up The Crazy with Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories, Says Democrats Are Trying To “Milk This For Everything They Can"

Trumpworld Ratchets Up The Crazy with Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories, Says Democrats Are Trying To “Milk This For Everything They Can"

Eric Trump, son of the president and executive vice president of the Trump Organization, spewed a series of conspiratorial claims in a Fox News appearance on Saturday night, claiming that the coronavirus will “magically all of a sudden go away” once Democrats can no longer use it to their political advantage. In an with host Jeanine Pirro, per Fox News, Trump suggested that coronavirus-imposed restrictions like stay-at-home orders are part of a “cognizant strategy” to hurt his father’s campaign and that the Democrats “are trying to milk this for everything they can” to get an advantage in...

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Top Democrats: Trump May Have Fired Inspector General To Protect Pompeo

Top Democrats: Trump May Have Fired Inspector General To Protect Pompeo

Democrats are looking into President Donald Trump’s latest inspector general dismissal following reports that the president did so to protect Secretary Mike Pompeo. As the New York Times , Representative Eliot L. Engel, chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey wrote a to White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows on Saturday regarding the firing of Steve Linick, the State Department Inspector General who Trump —with an ally of Vice President Mike Pence—late Friday.“Reports indicate that Secretary Pompeo personally made the recommendation to...

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May 17
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“A very, very big deal”: FBI Escalates Senator Burr Probe With Cell Phone Seizure

“A very, very big deal”: FBI Escalates Senator Burr Probe With Cell Phone Seizure

The FBI seized the cell phone of Senator Richard Burr on Wednesday night after the North Carolina lawmaker was served a search warrant, part of the Justice Department’s investigation into suspicious stock sales that the senator made just before the coronavirus caused the U.S. market to crash. As the Los Angeles Times , Burr—who is also the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee—turned his phone over to federal agents is a seizure that “represents a significant escalation in the investigation” into whether the senator is in violation of a law that prohibits members of Congress from...

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Can AOC Help Biden Win Over The Left?

Can AOC Help Biden Win Over The Left?

On Wednesday morning, Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders unveiled six Unity Task Forces and dozens of members who will sit on the panels, which will each tackle a different issue: climate, criminal justice reform, the economy, education, health care, and immigration. As Bloomberg , each task force will have eight members—evenly divided between Biden and Sanders appointees—and will meet before the Democratic National Convention in August to make recommendations to the platform committee and to Biden. Among the most notable names of the dozens announced is New York Representative Alexandria...

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Mike Pence Totally Cool With Welcoming Confessed Criminal Back to Administration

Mike Pence Totally Cool With Welcoming Confessed Criminal Back to Administration

Vice President Mike Pence said that he would welcome the return of Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser to President Donald Trump, to government. As Axios on Sunday, Pence was asked about the possibility of Trump bringing Flynn back into the administration—something the president he would “certainly consider” during a recent briefing—in an episode of Axios on HBO slated to air on Monday. “For my part, I’d be happy to see Michael Flynn again,” Pence said, calling him “an American patriot” who has “served this country with great distinction.” The news comes just days after the...

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May 10
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