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Abbott Warns Texas' COVID-19 Numbers Are 'Going To Look Worse' Next Week

Abbott Warns Texas' COVID-19 Numbers Are 'Going To Look Worse' Next Week

LatestBy|July 10, 2020 8:16 a.m.EDITORS' NOTE: TPM is making our COVID-19 coverage free to all readers during this national health crisis. If you’d like to support TPM's reporters, editors and staff, the best way to do so is toTexas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) issued a grim warning on Thursday night as COVID-19 caseload continue to skyrocket in his state.“I gotta tell you, I think the numbers are going to look worse as we go into next week,” Abbott said during an on local Fox News affiliate FOX 26. “And we need to make sure that there’s going to be plenty of hospital beds available in the Houston...

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Alabama GOP Leader Says He Wants More COVID-19 Cases In Order To Build 'Immunity'

Alabama GOP Leader Says He Wants More COVID-19 Cases In Order To Build 'Immunity'

LatestBy|July 10, 2020 9:07 a.m.EDITORS' NOTE: TPM is making our COVID-19 coverage free to all readers during this national health crisis. If you’d like to support TPM's reporters, editors and staff, the best way to do so is toAlabama state Sen. Del Marsh (R), who serves as the Senate’s President Pro Tempore, tried to make the claim on Thursday that the astounding increase in COVID-19 cases rippling across the state is actually a good thing.The number of hospitalizations in Alabama skyrocketed by 40 percent within 24 hours on Wednesday.And on Thursday, 2,164 cases emerged in the state,...

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McConnell Won't Say If He'll Go To RNC As Several Fellow GOPers Ditch The Event

McConnell Won't Say If He'll Go To RNC As Several Fellow GOPers Ditch The Event

LatestBy|July 9, 2020 4:42 p.m.EDITORS' NOTE: TPM is making our COVID-19 coverage free to all readers during this national health crisis. If you’d like to support TPM's reporters, editors and staff, the best way to do so is toSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) signaled on Thursday that he, like half a dozen of his Republican colleagues, may not show up at the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Jacksonville, Florida for President Donald Trump’s official nomination next month.“It’s a challenging situation and a number of my colleagues announced they are not going to attend,”...

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Top Pence Aide Says Efforts To Make Her 'More Compassionate' In Child Separation Crisis 'Didn't Work'

Top Pence Aide Says Efforts To Make Her 'More Compassionate' In Child Separation Crisis 'Didn't Work'

LatestBy|July 7, 2020 10:42 a.m.Katie Miller, Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary, casually admitted to having zero empathy for the  of migrant children who suffered under the Trump administration’s infamous family separation policy at the border in 2018, according to NBC News reporter Jacob Soboroff.In his new book, titled “Separated: Inside an American Tragedy,” Soboroff recounts a jaw-dropping conversation with Miller, who was serving as deputy press secretary for the Department of Homeland Security at the time, on the administration’s policy of ripping kids from their families...

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House Intel Republicans Have Been Ditching Committee Sessions For Months

House Intel Republicans Have Been Ditching Committee Sessions For Months

LatestBy|June 30, 2020 8:56 a.m.Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee have barely been showing up at the committee’s virtual sessions ever since COVID-19 outbreak forced Congress to shut down the U.S. Capitol building in early March.Since then, Republicans have only participated in one committee meeting out of least seven meetings. According to , the only time a Republican attended a session was on April 28, when now-Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe (R-TX) appeared at a roundtable shortly before his Senate nomination hearing.Committee chair Adam Schiff (D-CA) told...

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Fox Host Urges Trump To Wear A Mask: 'MAGA Should Now Stand For Masks Are Great Again'

Fox Host Urges Trump To Wear A Mask: 'MAGA Should Now Stand For Masks Are Great Again'

LatestBy|June 30, 2020 10:22 a.m.“Fox and Friends” co-host Steve Doocy implored President Donald Trump on Tuesday morning to start wearing a mask in public, marking another instance in which a conservative pushed back on Trump’s refusal to do so.During an interview with Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel, Doocy asserted that Trump, who more likely than not was watching “Fox and Friends” at that very moment, would “set a good example” by wearing a mask.“He’d be a good role model,” the Fox News host said. “I don’t see any downside to the President wearing...

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Man Who Pointed Gun At Peaceful Protesters Compares March To Storming Of Bastille

Man Who Pointed Gun At Peaceful Protesters Compares March To Storming Of Bastille

LatestBy|June 29, 2020 4:28 p.m.Mark McCloskey, the man in St. Louis, Missouri, who aimed a rifle at peaceful anti-police brutality protesters as his wife Patricia swung her tiny pistol around on Sunday evening, painted the situation as some kind of French Revolution in miniature.During an interview Monday on , McCloskey claimed that the protesters had broken the gate in front of Portland Place, the gated community where he resides, which prompted him and his wife to retrieve their guns while ordering the demonstrators to leave.The protesters were “enraged” by his warning, according to...

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Trump Retweets Video Of White Couple Waving Guns At Anti-Police Brutality Protesters

Trump Retweets Video Of White Couple Waving Guns At Anti-Police Brutality Protesters

LatestBy|June 29, 2020 10:04 a.m.President Donald Trump retweeted a video on Monday morning showing an unidentified white couple brandishing their firearms at anti-police brutality protesters in St. Louis, Missouri, who were peacefully marching toward city Mayor Lyda Krewson’s home.The video was ABC News’ clip of a man pointing a large rifle at the line of protesters while his female partner swings a tiny pistol next to him.A couple pointed guns at protesters in St. Louis as a group marched toward the mayor's home to demand her resignation.— ABC News (@ABC)Trump retweeted the post without...

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Mississippi Legislature Approves Removal Of Confederate Emblem From State Flag

Mississippi Legislature Approves Removal Of Confederate Emblem From State Flag

LatestBy|June 29, 2020 8:58 a.m.Mississippi’s state legislature approved a bill on Sunday night to redesign the state flag and remove the Confederate battle insignia from it on Sunday night.The historic bill passed the state House in a 91-23 vote and the Senate by 37-14 votes, according to .Mississippi Senate majority leader and Lieutenant Gov. Delbert Hosemann (R) affirmed the move on Sunday night, asserting via Twitter that it was “for the future of our children and grandchildren.”State Sen. Derrick Simmons (D), the Senate’s minority leader who is also Black, tweeted “Today made me feel...

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Trump Now Claiming Intel Community Did Not Find Russia-Taliban Reports To Be Credible

Trump Now Claiming Intel Community Did Not Find Russia-Taliban Reports To Be Credible

LatestBy|June 29, 2020 8:00 a.m.President Donald Trump further dug into his claim late Sunday night that he had been unaware of the intelligence community’s reports that Russia paid Taliban forces to kill U.S. troops, asserting that intelligence officers had not found the reports to be credible and therefore did not inform him of them.“Intel just reported to me that they did not find this info credible, and therefore did not report it to me or @VP,” Trump tweeted in response to Sen. Lindsey Graham calling on Congress to investigate the reports.“Possibly another fabricated Russia Hoax, maybe...

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Barr Challenged SDNY’s Decision To Prosecute Michael Cohen

Barr Challenged SDNY’s Decision To Prosecute Michael Cohen

LatestBy|June 26, 2020 10:44 a.m.Attorney General Bill Barr reportedly made efforts to dispute the Southern District of New York’s (SDNY) criminal case of Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former lawyer and fixer who was convicted for violating campaign finance laws.The reported on Thursday that after Barr joined the Trump administration in February last year, the attorney general grilled officials in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) over their prosecution of Cohen for weeks that spring.Barr reportedly went as far as ordering his Justice...

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Trump Plays Down Devastation Caused By COVID-19 As An 'Artificial Problem'

Trump Plays Down Devastation Caused By COVID-19 As An 'Artificial Problem'

LatestBy|June 26, 2020 8:04 a.m.EDITORS' NOTE: TPM is making our COVID-19 coverage free to all readers during this national health crisis. If you’d like to support TPM's reporters, editors and staff, the best way to do so is toPresident Donald Trump shrugged off the havoc brought on by the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S. on Thursday night.During a town hall with Fox News host Sean Hannity, a member of the audience asked Trump what he thought his biggest accomplishment as president was.Along with claiming his administration has saved a “tremendous number of lives,” the President rambled about...

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Trump Faces Backlash For Tweeting Race-Baiting Vids Of Black Men Attacking White People

Trump Faces Backlash For Tweeting Race-Baiting Vids Of Black Men Attacking White People

LatestBy|June 23, 2020 11:00 a.m.President Donald Trump has sparked outrage after he retweeted dog-whistling videos of random Black men attacking white people on Monday night.Trump tweeted with a now-deleted video of a Black man shoving a white woman against the side of a New York subway train.Exactly one minute later, the President tweeted a video from conservative hardliner Matt Walsh showing a Black man hitting a white male Macy’s employee inside a store.“Looks what’s going on here. Where are the protesters? Was this man arrested?” Trump in the second tweet, referring to the...

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Trump Rally Attendee Wearing 'I Can't Breathe' Shirt Removed And Arrested At Campaign's Request

Trump Rally Attendee Wearing 'I Can't Breathe' Shirt Removed And Arrested At Campaign's Request

LatestBy|June 20, 2020 7:29 p.m.A woman wearing a shirt that said “I can’t breath,” a popular slogan among anti-police brutality protesters, was removed from President Donald Trump’s rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma and subsequently arrested on Saturday despite having a ticket to the event and behaving nonviolently.MSNBC’s footage of the incident shows Sheila Buck, the arrestee, sitting on the ground outside the arena after the Trump campaign had her removed by the Tulsa police. Officers are seen asking Buck to leave the premises before arresting her after she refuses to do so.As the officers...

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Trump Declares Bolton 'Will Have Bombs Dropped On Him'

Trump Declares Bolton 'Will Have Bombs Dropped On Him'

LatestBy|June 20, 2020 3:32 p.m.President Donald Trump tweeted on Saturday that former national security adviser John Bolton, who will soon publish an apparently damning tell-all book about his experiences in the Trump administration, “will have bombs dropped on him”Trump made the comment while taking a victory lap over a court  that rejected the Justice Department’s attempt to block the book’s release but also agreed with the DOJ that Bolton had “likely jeopardized national security by disclosing classified information” in the book in violation of his NDA. The judge signaled that the DOJ...

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Berman Resigns, Ending His Turbulent Standoff With Barr

Berman Resigns, Ending His Turbulent Standoff With Barr

LatestBy|June 20, 2020 7:03 p.m.U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman announced his resignation on Saturday evening “effective immediately,” putting an end to his with Attorney General Bill Barr.Berman said in a statement that he was leaving “in light of Attorney General Barr’s decision to respect the normal operation of law” by replacing him with Deputy U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss.“It has been the honor of a lifetime to serve as this District’s U.S. Attorney and a custodian of its proud legacy, but I could leave the District in no better hands than Audrey’s,”...

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Nadler To Invite Berman To Testify After Barr Attempts To Fire Him In Friday Night Massacre Gone Awry

Nadler To Invite Berman To Testify After Barr Attempts To Fire Him In Friday Night Massacre Gone Awry

LatestBy|June 20, 2020 9:48 a.m.House Judiciary Committee chair Jerry Nadler (D-NY) announced late Friday night that he will invite U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoff Berman to testify after Attorney General Bill Barr abruptly attempted to fire Berman.“America is right to expect the worst of Bill Barr, who has repeatedly interfered in criminal investigations on Trump’s behalf,” Nadler . “We have a hearing on this topic on Wednesday. We welcome Mr. Berman’s testimony and will invite him to testify.”The Democratic leader’s invitation comes amid the chaos prompted by...

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You're Welcome, Black America: Trump Claims He Made Juneteenth 'Very Famous'

You're Welcome, Black America: Trump Claims He Made Juneteenth 'Very Famous'

LatestBy|June 18, 2020 1:31 p.m.President Donald Trump congratulated himself for the controversy over his now-cancelled plans to hold a campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Juneteenth, a holiday marking the end of slavery.“I did something good: I made Juneteenth very famous,” Trump said in an interview with the published Thursday.“It’s actually an important event, an important time. But nobody had ever heard of it,” he continued, saying that the people he had personally spoken to were unfamiliar with Juneteenth and that it was a black Secret Service agent who explained the holiday to...

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Arizona Sheriff Tests Positive For COVID After Refusing To Enforce State’s Stay-At-Home Order

Arizona Sheriff Tests Positive For COVID After Refusing To Enforce State’s Stay-At-Home Order

LatestBy|June 18, 2020 8:50 a.m.EDITORS' NOTE: TPM is making our COVID-19 coverage free to all readers during this national health crisis. If you’d like to support TPM's reporters, editors and staff, the best way to do so is toArizona Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb, who ignored Gov. Doug Ducey (R)’s stay-at-home order, announced on Wednesday that he had tested positive for COVID-19 right before his scheduled meeting with President Donald Trump the day before.“On Tuesday, I was called to join the President at the White House. As is protocol, all visitors are screened for the virus,” Lamb...

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Ted Cruz Gets Into Embarrassing Twitter Brawl With Actor Ron Perlman

Ted Cruz Gets Into Embarrassing Twitter Brawl With Actor Ron Perlman

LatestBy|June 15, 2020 11:02 a.m.Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) started a Twitter fight with “Hellboy” actor Ron Perlman early Monday morning in which the senator volunteered Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), who served as assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State University, to wrestle the actor.Perlman had gotten into a feud with Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) on Sunday after the congressman complained about the U.S. Soccer Federation rolling back its policy requiring players to stand during the national anthem.At one point, Perlman and told Gaetz, “If it weren’t for him you’d be the ugliest politician walking.”That’s...

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Ohio GOPer Suggests ‘Colored' Americans ‘Do Not Wash Their Hands As Well As Other Groups'

Ohio GOPer Suggests ‘Colored' Americans ‘Do Not Wash Their Hands As Well As Other Groups'

LatestBy|June 11, 2020 10:13 a.m.EDITORS' NOTE: TPM is making our COVID-19 coverage free to all readers during this national health crisis. If you’d like to support TPM's reporters, editors and staff, the best way to do so is toAs the Ohio state Senate was discussing a resolution that would declare racism a public health crisis earlier this week, state Sen. Steve Huffman (R), who is also a doctor, offered a racist theory as to why black communities have been hit harder by the COVID-19 outbreak than others.“Could it just be that African Americans — the colored population — do not wash their...

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Trump Throws Tantrum After CNN Poll Shows Biden Crushing Him By Nearly 15 Points

Trump Throws Tantrum After CNN Poll Shows Biden Crushing Him By Nearly 15 Points

LatestBy|June 8, 2020 10:48 a.m.President Donald Trump had a fit on Monday morning on Twitter in response to a showing that the President is in deep trouble ahead of the presidential election in November.“CNN Polls are as Fake as their Reporting,” the President . “Same numbers, and worse, against Crooked Hillary.”The survey, which was held June 2-5 with 1,259 respondents, shows that Trump’s approval rating has sunk to 38 percent. Meanwhile, his disapproval rate skyrocketed to 57 percent, a whopping 6-point increase from CNN’s survey in May.To make matters worse, the poll also revealed that...

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Priest Kicked Off Church Property For Trump Photo: 'They Turned Holy Ground Into A Battleground'

Priest Kicked Off Church Property For Trump Photo: 'They Turned Holy Ground Into A Battleground'

LatestBy|June 2, 2020 9:57 a.m.Rev. Gini Gerbasi, an Episcopal priest in D.C., said that federal police used tear gas to expel her and other people from St. John’s Episcopal Church property to make way for President Donald Trump’s photo-op staged there on Monday evening.“They turned holy ground into a battleground,” Gerbasi told .The priest, who said she was wearing her clerical clothing at the time, described how the police had breached church grounds and began spraying tear gas, effectively chasing out her seminarian, herself and others on the church patio from the premises.“The police in...

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Minnesota AG Expects Criminal Charges Against Police Officers Involved In George Floyd's Death

Minnesota AG Expects Criminal Charges Against Police Officers Involved In George Floyd's Death

LatestBy|May 29, 2020 9:12 a.m.Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said on Friday morning that he expected the four Minneapolis police officers who were involved in the , a black man who died earlier this week after one of the officers dug his knee into Floyd’s neck for several minutes, would face criminal charges.“I anticipate there will be charges. I hope they’re soon,” Ellison told .However, he noted that the charges against Derick Chauvin, the officer who kneeled on Floyd’s neck, and the other three officers standing nearby would be “the prerogative of another prosecuting...

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Trump Tweets Video Declaring That 'The Only Good Democrat Is A Dead Democrat'

Trump Tweets Video Declaring That 'The Only Good Democrat Is A Dead Democrat'

LatestBy|May 28, 2020 10:01 a.m.President Donald Trump early Thursday morning retweeted a video of one of his supporters declaring that Trump’s political opponents ought to be dead.“Thank you Cowboys,” Trump tweeted with the video posted by Cowboys for Trump, which shows Couy Griffin, the group’s leader, ranting about Democrats in violent terms during a gathering at a New Mexico church on May 17.“I’ve come to a place where I’ve come to a conclusion where the only good Democrat is a dead Democrat,” Griffin said as the crowd cheered.The Trump supporter insisted he wasn’t talking “in a...

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