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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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‘Where’s Fauci?’ America panics as doctor absent again from White House briefing

Infectious disease expert, who has politely sparred with Trump, has become a calming presence in a time of deep uncertainty Moments after Donald Trump approached the lectern to open the daily task force briefing on the coronavirus pandemic, mild panic broke among viewers online. Where was Dr Anthony Fauci, the 79-year-old infectious disease expert who has become a regular fixture and a calming presence alongside the president? Fernand R. Amandi (@AmandiOnAir) Will the press in the

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Trump reportedly calls John Bolton a ‘traitor’ and wants to block his book

President reportedly told aides and media figures book shouldnt be published before Novembers election John Bolton is a traitor and his reportedly told aides and media figures. The presidents views on news of a book deal for fired in September last year. He offered to testify in the Senate but Republicans voted not to call witnesses during a trial which duly ended in Trumps acquittal, despite leaks from Boltons book manuscript seeming to show The Room Where It Happened was slated for publication in March but it has been held…

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Trumps is the third impeachment in US history and no case has been stronger | Jonathan Freedland

In contrast with Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton, no chicanery was needed to ensnare Trump. He brought this on himself, says Guardian columnist Jonathan Freedland The trial of Donald Trump, which opens in earnest on Tuesday, is the sworn an oath to do impartial justice according to the constitution and laws echo the vocabulary of the accused and blithely dismiss the whole business as a hoax or witch-hunt. Theyre wrong because Trumps is the standout case in a category of notoriety that is already vanishingly small. Andrew Johnson was the…

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US begins sending asylum seekers in Arizona back to Mexico

In expansion of Remain in Mexico program, authorities are moving some migrants to Nogales, Mexico, 350 miles from court hearings The US government has started sending asylum seekers back to Nogales, Mexico, to await court hearings that will be scheduled roughly 350 miles (563 kilometers) away in Ciudad Jurez. Authorities are expanding a program known as Remain in Mexico that one of several Trump administration policies that have all but ended asylum in the U Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jan/02/us-asylum-seekers-mexico-arizona-remain

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‘I wont be able to have healthy food’: millions of Americans to lose lifeline as Trump cuts food stamps

The Trump administration is rolling out new rules that will reduce Snap benefits, and make millions of Americans ineligible to receive them When James Fauntleroy lost his sales job in the summer he quickly found his social security disability benefits did not provide enough to live on. So he turned to a vital lifeline relied upon by many Americans on hard times food stamps, also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Snap). Fauntleroy, 35, initially received an approval letter, which noted he would receive $197 a month starting immediately.…

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Nancy Pelosi says Trump’s actions toward Ukraine amount to ‘bribery’

House Democrats are refining the language of their impeachment case against the president House Democrats are refining part of their impeachment case against the president to a simple allegation: bribery. The House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, on Thursday brushed aside the Latin phrase quid pro quo that Democrats have been using to describe Donald Trumps actions toward Ukraine. As the impeachment hearings go public, theyre going for a more colloquial term that may resonate with more Americans. Quid pro quo: bribery, Pelosi said of Trumps 25 July phone call in which…

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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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Saudi Arabia wont attack Iran. But it may pay someone else to | Nesrine Malik

The US is being fooled that it needs to rescue its ally in the Middle East, says the Guardian columnist Nesrine Malik There is a longstanding joke told in the Middle East about Saudi Arabias reluctance to fight its own wars. Saudi Arabia will fight until the last Pakistani, the punchline goes, in reference to the fact that Pakistani troops have long supported Saudis military endeavours. The punchline has expanded lately to include the child soldiers, whose deaths are handsomely compensated for with cash paid to their families back home.…

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Inside Trump’s DC hotel, where allies and lobbyists flock to peddle their interests

Fossil fuel interests, pro-gun groups, foreign delegations and all manner of allies stay at the Trump International Hotel to cozy up to the administration, say watchdogs On 25 July, the conservative Heartland Institute is slated to host a one-day meeting at the Trump International Hotel, just a few blocks from the White House. It will feature leading climate science deniers who will discuss issues like the benefits of ending the Democrats war on fossil fuels, according to the institute. Last month, as Donald Trump was kicking off his 2020 campaign…

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Democrats must just bring down Trump for the sake of the world | Robert Reich

We do not need 20 candidates having confusing fights over healthcare. We need urgent action to defeat a would-be tyrant Imagine an opposition political party in a land being taken over by an oligarchy, headed by a would-be tyrant. The tyrant and the oligarchy have convinced many voters the reason they feel powerless and economically insecure isnt because the oligarchy has taken most of the economic gains and overwhelmed the government with its money. Its because the country has been taken over by undocumented migrants, Latinos, African Americans and a…

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Were watching: Trump stokes UFO rumors during ABC News interview

Three senators had recently been briefed by the Pentagon on navy encounters with unidentified aircraft, a report said UFOs are usually the preserve of science fiction, but lately they have been enjoying a newfound status across the US, infiltrating conversation from Washington to Kansas City. Donald Trump kicked the latest round off last week when, responding to a question about the rise in reports of unidentified aircraft by US navy pilots, he revealed that he had been briefed on ABC News. They do say, and Ive seen, and Ive read,…

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US to send 1,000 more troops to Middle East, citing ‘hostile behavior’ by Iran

Tensions between countries on the rise after Washington blamed Tehran for attacks on oil tankers The US is sending an additional 1,000 troops to the Middle East in response to hostile behavior by Iranian forces and their proxy groups, Patrick Shanahan, the acting defence secretary, announced on Monday. The move further heightens tensions between the two nations. Last week Washington blamed Iran for Shanahan said in a statement. The recent Iranian attacks validate the reliable, credible intelligence we have received on hostile behavior by Iranian forces and their proxy groups…

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Kellyanne Conway violated US law and should be fired, federal watchdog says

White House spokesman says the agencys report that the counselor had violated the Hatch Act was deeply flawed A US federal watchdog is recommending that Kellyanne Conway, for repeatedly violating a law that limits political activity by government workers. Conway should be removed from federal office, the US Office of Special Counsel (OSC) announced on Thursday. The watchdog agency made its recommendation after concluding that Conway violated a US law, known as the Hatch Act, that bars government employees from engaging in political campaign activity. In a report addressed to…

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US ambassador: Israel has right to annex parts of West Bank

David Friedman gives interview to New York Times and says: Israel has right to some, but unlikely all of disputed territory The US ambassador to Israel did not rule out an Israeli move to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, land the Palestinians seek for a state, in working on a proposal for peace between Israel and the Palestinians, dubbed by Donald Trump the deal of the century. It has not disclosed any of its details. In an interview with Axios last week White House adviser Jared Kushner cast…

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