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Are Trump’s coronavirus briefings the new 2020 campaign rallies?

The pandemic has brought in-person electioneering to a halt but the presidents daily appearances are unnervingly partisan For more than an hour from the lectern he self-aggrandises, rewrites history, casts blame, scores political points, goads the media and sends factcheckers scrambling, ceding the bully pulpit only to let other speakers sing his praises. But for the absence of a sea of Keep America Great Again hats and Rolling Stones soundtrack, Donald Trumps coronavirus press briefings at the White House are, critics say, increasingly resembling to drop live coverage of the…

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Trump works harder than the Democrats to reach black voters. That’s worrying | Steve Phillips

Trump spent $11m on a single television ad targeting African Americans. Democrats wont cough up a fraction Donald Trump understands the importance of African American voters much better than Democrats and progressives do. Trump and his team are making sizable and smart investments in efforts to chip away at black support for Democrats. Yet those who want to oust Trump from the Oval Office are spraying millions of dollars in election spending in every direction except the African American community. Had African Americans turned out to vote in 2016 like…

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Facebook to remove misleading Trump ‘census’ ads

Presidents re-election campaign had sponsored misleading ads, which actually linked to Republican fundraising site Facebook has announced it will remove a series of misleading ads from Donald Trumps re-election campaign. The Trump Make America Great Committee posted 2,000 iterations of an ad this week, asking users to respond to the Official Congressional District Census. Instead of information at the Census Bureau, however, the posts linked to a once-in-a-decade event that seeks to count every person in the country, with drastic consequences for resource allocation and government representation nationwide. Trumps campaign…

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‘America v socialism’: conservatives rage against the left and plot new red scare

At the Trump faithfuls annual get-together, there was fresh fearmongering about Democrats in general and Bernie Sanders in particular It came from abroad and infected America. It can spread from person to person and is potentially fatal. When symptoms emerge, it may already be too late. Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). The virus is not going to sink the American economy, he said at the National Harbor near Washington. What is, or could, sink the American economy is the socialism coming from our friends on the other side of the…

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Why did this US governor pardon child rapists and brutal killers?

Matt Bevin has horrified opponents and allies alike with a slew of extreme pardons that also disproportionately benefited white offenders In May 2014, Patrick Baker and two accomplices set out to rob a house in Knox county, Kentucky. Baker knew the hardest part of the home invasion would be getting past the front door, so he devised a plan to dress up as police officers conducting a routine investigation. Once inside the Mills family home, Baker revealed his true colours. He tied up the mother of the family, ignoring the…

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Top Trump adviser: Republicans have ‘always’ relied on voter suppression

Adviser Justin Clark, who was heard on tape saying Traditionally, its always been Republicans suppressing votes, says remarks were taken out of context One of Wisconsin that the party has traditionally relied on news that a conservative group is forcing 2020 election. And it came as the latest fund-raising totals showed that the Republican National Committee, spurred by aggressive anti-reported. Justin Clark, a senior political adviser and senior counsel to Trumps re-election campaign, made the remarks about voter suppression on November 21 as part of a wide-ranging discussion about strategies…

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GOP Unveils Wild Wishlist of Impeachment Witnesses Including Hunter Biden and the Whistleblower

Republicans on House Intelligence Committee unveiled their wishlist formoved famously combative Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) to the intelligence committee this week in an apparent effort to boost Trumps impeachment defense on the committee. Other witnesses Republicans want to call include former Democratic National Committee staffer Alexandra Chalupa, who figures prominently in right-wing conspiracy theories about Ukrainian interference in the 2016 election. Chalupa has denied collecting opposition research for the DNC. Republicans also want to interview Hunter Biden, former Vice President Joe Bidens son. Trumps attempt to pressure the Ukrainian government…

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The Secret Reason Republicans Wont Impeach Trump

Broadly speaking, there are two Republican defenses of Donald Trump. The first is the hard-shell, the lovely Lisa Page. This defense is what drives these too few people understand the truth about the modern GOP. It is an un-American party. It is not interested in democracy. It is interested in power. It doesnt care how it gets it. Twice in the last five elections, its winning presidential candidates have lost the popular vote. Suppose that had gone the other way around. Do you think the Electoral College would still exist?…

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‘Disorder and chaos’: Trump and Republicans mount furious impeachment fight

A hearing room is invaded, the presidents enemies are scum. A bare-knuckle scrap has begun but will it be enough? Donald Trump has shown little taste for military adventure. He avoided the draft in Vietnam. He fell out with his once-beloved generals. He stunned the world by pulling troops out of Syria and sand into the gears of the impeachment process. With the help of Fox News, they are set to intensify attacks on the legitimacy of the inquiry itself, demonising its leaders and sowing doubt wherever possible. The great…

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‘Don’t be a dick, OK?’ Hillary Clinton tweets parody of Trump Erdoan letter

Former Democratic nominee trolls president by mocking missive sent to Turkish president over Syria invasion Donald Trump is known to many opponents as the pictures and tweeted a mocked-up letter from John F Kennedy to Nikita Khrushchev that was meant squarely to mock a real letter from Trump to Recep Tayyip Erdoan which was wrote, over an image of what purported to be a letter from the US president to the Soviet leader on 16 October 1962, during the told the BBC Erdoan received the letter, thoroughly rejected it and…

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Theres One Simple Solution to Republicans Racism Problem

This may surprise you, if you havent been following it, but a pretty interesting dialogue has opened up on the right about whether its possible to build a conservative movement free of racism. I know. It sounds like trying to build a coal industry without pollution. But the conversation has beento a pointencouraging. Im going to walk you through the recent phases of the argument so youre right up to speed. It all began with a well-reported wrote that while liberals too often caricature all conservatives as racist, sometimes these…

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‘Afraid of her party’? Nancy Pelosi ties herself in knots to avoid condemning AOC for ‘concentration camps’ remarks [video]

Man. Nancy Pelosi really doesn’t want to deal with the Democratic Party’s anti-Semitism problem. When asked to comment on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “concentration camps” remarks trivializing the Holocaust, here’s how Pelosi handled it: Pelosi would not address Ocasio-Cortez’s holocaust comments this morning. Watch here: https://t.co/Ww6ZpV7Eh5 — Henry Rodgers (@henryrodgersdc) June 19, 2019 From the Daily Caller: “These members of Congress, they come to represent their districts and their point of view and they take responsibility for the statements that they make,” Pelosi 

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Extreme abortion laws shine light on Trump’s courting of religious right

Evangelical backing for a thrice-married celebrity is not as odd as it seems: on abortion, the supreme court and more, the president has delivered win after win After bowing his head in prayer, King Cyrus, deeply flawed men who nevertheless carried out Gods will. David Barker, director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at American University, suggests Christian evangelicals start with an assumption of human depravity that sets expectations low, so Trumps lying and philandering and Twitter rage and can be overlooked. Speaking at the American Enterprise Institute…

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The young Republicans breaking with their party over climate change

Millennial Trump supporters are starting to bring scientific reality to their party, but how far are they willing to go? Donald Trumps indifference, punctuated by bursts of mocking disdain, towards climate change has been indulged and even cheered by his supporters. The president has called climate science bullshit, donned a coalminers helmet at rallies and defenestrated federal rules designed to cut planet-warming emissions. It is becoming harder, however, for Trump to swat away the unfolding crises caused by global warming. American lives are increasingly ravaged by flooding and wildfires and…

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Trump will never say sorry. Thats a reality we need to accept | Emma Brockes

The US president may well be undone by his lies, but expecting remorse or contrition is a waste of energy, says Guardian columnist Emma Brockes It is an enduring mystery about Donald Trump that, for a guy who lolls around all day busted for fraud. And yet he will probably outlive us all. One of the most aggravating things about narcissists of course is that they sleep very well. If the president, at 72, still has a baby-like sheen, one can assume it comes in part from his failure to…

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