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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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Rand Paul becomes first senator to test positive for Covid-19

Senator of Kentucky who was seen at the Senate gym Sunday morning says he is feeling fine and is in quarantine Senator Rand Paul has said he has tested positive for Covid-19, the disease caused by coronavirus, with the Republican becoming the first member of the Senate to test positive. A post on the Kentucky senators Twitter account said on Sunday that he is feeling fine and is in quarantine. Paul, an eye surgeon, said he has not had symptoms and was tested out of an abundance of caution due…

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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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‘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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Suffrage review: epic retelling of US women’s long battle for the vote

A century after the 19th amendment, Ellen Carol DuBois makes the familiar new and sheds light on a fight against injustice It was a decidedly anticlimactic end to a life-changing campaign. The document was sent by train to Washington in the middle of the night. A government employee met the train and rushed it to the secretary of state, Bainbridge Colby, who signed the Proclamation of Ratification at dawn, three days after Tennessee became the 36th state to vote for womens suffrage. There were no photographers to record the moment,…

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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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Elizabeth Warren’s strong debate performance inspires best fundraising day yet

Elizabeth Warren was roundly declared the victor of an often tempestuous Democratic debate, reviving her campaign after slipping in polls Elizabeth Warren has seemingly revived her flagging bid to become US president after widespread praise and a slew of much-needed campaign donations. Warren, who repeatedly ke Bloomberg during the Nevada debate, enjoyed the best fundraising day of her entire campaign on the back of the event. The Massachusetts senator raised $2.8m in donations on Wednesday, according to her campaign team. Warren was roundly declared the victor of an often tempestuous…

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‘Arrogant billionaire’: Warren attacks Bloomberg over NDAs, racist policing and taxes

In Bloombergs first night on the debate stage, the former New York mayor faced scrutiny he has avoided thus far Mere minutes into Wednesdays agreements that several women who have brought lawsuits against Bloomberg and his company have signed, pressing the former mayor to let those women speak freely about allegations of discrimination: You could release them from that immediately. The billionaire businessman, who has a documented history of spent more on TV and online ads than any political candidate in US political history. The tactic made Bloomberg omnipresent in…

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Bernie Sanders is cruising towards the Democratic nomination. But can he win? | Richard Wolffe

The contest has become Bernie Sanders v a delusional sideshow of centrists bent on mutual annihilation We have officially reached the Hunger Games stage of this Democratic primary season. The stage where you can grab the horse-faced lesbian weapon and hurl it at an arrogant billionaire within the first minutes of the show starting. Its the stage where a young midwestern mayor can trash the experience of a midwestern senator, who turns right back at him and says, Are you trying to say Im dumb or are you mocking me…

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Warren falls behind in Iowa but wins coveted newspaper endorsement

Des Moines Register names Warren the president this nation needs asSanders emerges frontrunner in Iowa and New Hampshire 2020 nomination voting states this weekend, Iowa and New Hampshire, according to the latest polls but @ewarrens competence, respect for others and status as the nations first female president would be a fitting response to the ignorance, sexism and xenophobia of the Trump Oval Office, the Registers editorial board writes. https://t.co/hLkImNiU2a surging Bernie Sanders, the original ultra-progressive in his runs for the White House in 2016 and 2020 elections, topped a new…

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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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The only way to fight antisemitism is solidarity and compassion not division | Joshua Leifer

Hate attacks are proof that antisemitism is alive and well. But fearmongering and regressive policing are not the answer As the year draws to a close, the air in Brooklyn feels heavy. A spate of antisemitic attacks on Orthodox Jews opened fire on a kosher grocery in Jersey City, killing Mindel Ferencz and Moshe Deutsch, both Hasidic Jews, and Miguel Douglas Rodriguez. The period beginning with the October 2018 shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, where 11 Jews were killed as they prayed, has seen antisemitic violence…

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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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