Quint Forgey
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Quint is a breaking news reporter for POLITICO. Quint previously worked as a digital producer and editorial intern for POLITICO, a freelancer and news intern for The Wall Street Journal, an associate producer for Louisiana Public Broadcasting, a reporting intern for The News Journal in Delaware, and a national reporting fellow for the Carnegie-Knight News21 program.Source
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Whitmer: Atlas’ call for Michiganders to ‘rise up’ against Covid restrictions ‘took my breath away’

Whitmer: Atlas’ call for Michiganders to ‘rise up’ against Covid restrictions ‘took my breath away’

Scott Atlas has won favor in the White House for his skepticism toward coronavirus mitigation strategies.Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Monday that she was stunned by a call from one of President Donald Trump’s top coronavirus advisers for people in her state to “rise up” against new restrictions aimed at slowing the disease’s deadly surge.“It actually took my breath away, to tell you the truth,” referring to a tweet posted over the weekend by Scott Atlas, whose skepticism toward Covid-19 mitigation strategies has been the subject of widespread criticism.After on indoor dining,...

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Bolton urges Republicans: ‘Acknowledge the reality that Biden is the president-elect’

Bolton urges Republicans: ‘Acknowledge the reality that Biden is the president-elect’

“Showing disagreement with the president is not fatal to your political future,” said Trump’s former national security adviser.Former national security adviser John Bolton. | Melissa Sue Gerrits/Getty ImagesFormer national security adviser John Bolton urged congressional Republicans in a new interview to “acknowledge the reality” that Joe Biden is president-elect — predicting GOP lawmakers would survive any potential backlash from President Donald Trump if they broke with him over the 2020 election results.In an with NPR that aired Friday, Bolton said Republicans “may not like” recognizing...

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White House press secretary: Trump will break his post-election silence ‘at the right moment’

White House press secretary: Trump will break his post-election silence ‘at the right moment’

“Right now he’s letting this litigation play out,” Kayleigh McEnany said, referring to the Trump campaign’s election-related legal challenges.White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany declined on Thursday to say when President Donald Trump might end his conspicuous pause of post-election public appearances, telling Fox News that Americans will “be hearing from him at the right moment.”Apart from a on Wednesday to Arlington National Cemetery to commemorate Veterans Day, Trump has not appeared or spoken publicly since a last Thursday, when he repeated his attacks on the country’s electoral...

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Pompeo promises ‘smooth transition to second Trump administration’ as world leaders congratulate Biden

Pompeo promises ‘smooth transition to second Trump administration’ as world leaders congratulate Biden

The secretary of State refused to acknowledge the outcome of the White House race.“We’re ready. The world is watching what’s taking place here,” Pompeo said during a media briefing at the State Department in Washington.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday became the latest senior U.S. official to resist accepting the results of last week’s presidential election.The chief U.S. diplomat even suggested — falsely, but possibly jokingly — that President Donald Trump had defeated Joe Biden.“There will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration,” Pompeo said during a news...

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Trump: Presidency has been ‘mean’ and filled with ‘horrible people’

Trump: Presidency has been ‘mean’ and filled with ‘horrible people’

He also said he found the U.S. to be the “most difficult country to deal with” in the world.President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at Gerald R. Ford International Airport. | Evan Vucci/AP PhotoPresident Donald Trump on Tuesday offered a bitter assessment of his tenure in the White House, saying the experience has been “mean” and marked by “horrible people.”The comments came in an Election Day interview on “Fox & Friends,” after co-host Ainsley Earhardt asked Trump whether he has enjoyed being president and if the job has been “worth it.”“Well, it’s been mean. It’s been — you’ve...

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Don Jr. dismisses coronavirus deaths: ‘The number is almost nothing’

Don Jr. dismisses coronavirus deaths: ‘The number is almost nothing’

Roughly 1,000 Americans died from Covid-19 on the day the president’s son appeared on Fox News to downplay the U.S. death toll.Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son, falsely claimed on Thursday that the number of Americans dying from the coronavirus amounts to “almost nothing.”More than 8.9 million people in the United States have been infected with Covid-19, the latest data from Johns Hopkins University, resulting in more than 228,000 deaths. The U.S. a single-day record of more than 83,000 coronavirus cases last Friday and a new daily peak of more than 88,000 cases on Thursday....

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AOC: ‘I don’t know if I’m really going to be staying in the House forever’

AOC: ‘I don’t know if I’m really going to be staying in the House forever’

The progressive congresswoman has been floated as a potential Senate challenger and future White House contender.Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez listens during a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on the Postal Service on Capitol Hill. | Tom Williams/AP PhotoRep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez suggested in a new interview that her public service ambitions may carry her beyond the House of Representatives, adding to speculation that the progressive superstar could seek higher office.“I don’t know if I’m really going to be staying in the House forever, or if I do stay in the House, what...

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‘Doesn’t that make me a smart guy?’: Trump defends Chicago business deals after NYT report

‘Doesn’t that make me a smart guy?’: Trump defends Chicago business deals after NYT report

The president’s latest tweet closely resembles other arguments he has employed in response to news accounts of his financial records.The Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago. | Barry Brecheisen/Invision/APPresident Donald Trump said Wednesday that a report showing he dodged hundreds of millions of dollars in debt proved him to be a “smart guy,” reprising a much-criticized defense of his business and financial practices.“As a developer long ago, and continuing to this day, the politicians ran Chicago into the ground,” Trump on Twitter. “I was able to make an appropriately great deal...

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Trump breaks with Meadows, says he hasn’t given up on controlling virus

Trump breaks with Meadows, says he hasn’t given up on controlling virus

The president also said the U.S. is “absolutely rounding the corner” on the pandemic, just days after the country set a single-day record of Covid-19 cases.White House chief of staff Mark Meadows speaks with reporters outside the White House on Oct. 26. | Patrick Semansky/AP PhotoPresident Donald Trump on Monday insisted that his administration was still working to curb the spread of the coronavirus, even as White House chief of staff Mark Meadows doubled down on his acknowledgment that the United States would not “control” the pandemic.Speaking to reporters on the airport tarmac after...

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Netanyahu dodges Trump’s invitation to slam Biden on conference call

Netanyahu dodges Trump’s invitation to slam Biden on conference call

The Israeli prime minister’s refusal to explicitly criticize the Democratic presidential nominee comes 11 days before the U.S. election.Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu and President Donald Trump participate in a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House on Sept. 15, 2020. | Doug Mills/Pool/Getty ImagesIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday passed up an opportunity to knock Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, seemingly deflating President Donald Trump in the presence of reporters in the Oval Office.The remarks from Netanyahu came on a phone call with...

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Meadows forecasts lawsuits against social media companies over bias claims

Meadows forecasts lawsuits against social media companies over bias claims

Meadows invoked their efforts to stop the sharing of dubious claims about Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his son Hunter.White House chief of staff Mark Meadows listesn as Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett speaks during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020. | Tom Williams/Pool via APWhite House chief of staff Mark Meadows on Monday appeared to warn that the Trump administration would bring “additional lawsuits” against social media companies for attempting to curb the spread of misinformation...

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Trump says Gold Star families could have given him Covid-19

Trump says Gold Star families could have given him Covid-19

“They come within an inch of my face, sometimes,” the president said of the families of America’s war dead.President Donald Trump suggested Thursday that he might have contracted Covid-19 from Gold Star family members who were too close to him when telling stories of their loved ones who died in the line of duty.In an interview on Fox Business, Trump told host Maria Bartiromo that he “figured there would be a chance” he would become infected with the coronavirus, citing his meetings with the families of America’s war dead.Advertisement“Sometimes, I’d be in groups of, for instance, Gold Star...

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Poll: Biden up by 12 points in Pennsylvania

Poll: Biden up by 12 points in Pennsylvania

The double-digit edge is a sizeable improvement over last month's version of the Monmouth survey.Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden arrives at New Castle Airport on Oct. 6 after holding campaign events in Miami. | AP Photo/Andrew HarnikDemocratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is ahead by 12 percentage points among registered voters in Pennsylvania, according to a new survey of the swing state where he was born.A published Tuesday reports that a majority of Pennsylvania voters, 54 percent, back Biden, while 42 percent prefer President Donald...

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Giuliani: ‘No reason to delay’ second Trump-Biden debate

Giuliani: ‘No reason to delay’ second Trump-Biden debate

“They’re enormously valuable to the American people. And I think he’ll make every effort to make it," the former New York mayor said.Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani speaks during a news conference on Sept. 27, 2020 in Washington, DC. | Joshua Roberts/ Getty ImagesRudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney and an adviser to his debate preparations, said Monday there is “no reason to delay” next week’s forum with Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden — even though Trump remains hospitalized with Covid-19.In an on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” the former New York mayor...

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Trump’s ex-national security adviser says president is ‘aiding and abetting’ Putin

Trump’s ex-national security adviser says president is ‘aiding and abetting’ Putin

H.R. McMaster’s warning represents perhaps his harshest public criticism of the president since he was ousted from the White House in 2018.Former national security adviser H.R. McMaster. | Evan Vucci/AP PhotoFormer national security adviser H.R. McMaster said Thursday that President Donald Trump is “aiding and abetting” Russian President Vladimir Putin’s efforts to sow doubt about the American electoral system.The stern warning from McMaster, who Trump to lead the White House National Security Council in 2017, came in an interview on MSNBC, after he was asked whether he agreed that the...

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Telemundo anchor rebuts misleading tweet posted by Eric Trump

Telemundo anchor rebuts misleading tweet posted by Eric Trump

José Díaz-Balart told POLITICO that Joe Biden did not use a teleprompter in their recent interview.“In one moment the monitor went to black,” Diaz-Balart recounted, and Biden said, “‘I lost the lady.’” | Noam Galai/Getty ImagesTelemundo anchor José Díaz-Balart on Wednesday refuted an allegation by one of President Donald Trump’s sons that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden relied on a teleprompter in a recent interview.In a clip by Eric Trump of the former vice president’s last week with Telemundo, Biden pledges that “there are going to be no deportations in the first 100 days” of...

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Poll: Biden tied with Trump in Georgia

Poll: Biden tied with Trump in Georgia

The survey also shows Republican incumbents David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler with narrow leads in their Senate races.Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a campaign event. | Carolyn Kaster/AP PhotoDemocratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is tied with President Donald Trump among likely voters in Georgia, according to a new survey released Tuesday.The state’s two Senate seats, both of which are up for election this November, also remain up for grabs, the poll showed.AdvertisementThe Atlanta Journal-Constitution found that 47 percent of Georgia likely...

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Biden labels Trump a ‘climate arsonist,’ accusing him of not heeding science

Biden labels Trump a ‘climate arsonist,’ accusing him of not heeding science

The Democratic nominee’s remarks were meant to address the wildfires that have been raging across Western states for three weeks.Joe Biden speaks about climate change and the wildfires on the West Coast at the Delaware Museum of Natural History. | Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesJoe Biden on Monday denounced President Donald Trump as a “climate arsonist” whose unwillingness to acknowledge the threat posed by climate change was characteristic of his inability to steer the country through various concurrent crises.“Once again, he fails the most basic duty to a nation,” the Democratic presidential...

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State Department orders China to close its consulate in Houston

State Department orders China to close its consulate in Houston

The State Department announced Wednesday that it directed China to shutter its consulate in Houston “in order to protect American intellectual property” and the “private information” of U.S. citizens. The sudden move escalates tensions between two countries that have been at loggerheads in recent months over China’s strict new security law for Hong Kong, a breakdown in trade negotiations and President Donald Trump’s criticism over Beijing’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic. In a statement on the closure order, a State Department spokesperson accused China of engaging “for years in...

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Trump floats his own coronavirus hunches on 'Hannity'

Trump floats his own coronavirus hunches on 'Hannity'

President Donald Trump on Wednesday night spun a web of theories minimizing the coronavirus' threat to Americans, accusing the World Health Organization of dispensing inaccurate facts about the outbreak and suggesting that those with the disease could be safe going to work. During expansive remarks on Fox News host Sean Hannity's program, the president continued to break with public health officials' more dire messaging regarding the international crisis and forcefully contradicted the WHO, which earlier in the week pegged the global mortality rate for the coronavirus at 3.4 percent. ...

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Warren: Trump 'may not even be a free person' by 2020

Warren: Trump 'may not even be a free person' by 2020

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Sunday said that President Donald Trump “may not even be a free person” by 2020, suggesting the president might become ensnared by the special counsel’s investigation before she has a chance to face him in a general election.“Every day there is a racist tweet, a hateful tweet — something really dark and ugly,” Warren said during a campaign event in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. “What are we as candidates, as activists, as the press going to do about it? We’re going to chase after those every day?”Story Continued BelowShe added: “Here’s what bothers me. By the time...

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