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Melania Trump launched 'Operation Block Ivanka' to minimize Ivanka's inauguration presence, according to a new book based on secret tapes recorded by the first lady's former friend

Melania Trump launched 'Operation Block Ivanka' to minimize Ivanka's inauguration presence, according to a new book based on secret tapes recorded by the first lady's former friend"Yes, Operation Block Ivanka was petty. Melania was in on this mission," Stephanie Winston Wolkoff writes in an excerpt of her forthcoming book.



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‘You are an idiot’: Trump mocked for tweeting about ‘entrance requirements’ to virtual DNC

‘You are an idiot’: Trump mocked for tweeting about ‘entrance requirements’ to virtual DNCDonald Trump has been mocked for suggesting that people needed ID to attend this year’s virtual Democratic National Convention (DNC).“To get into the Democrat National Convention, you must have an ID card with a picture…” the president wrote in an early morning tweet on Friday.



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Trump claims Biden 'abandoned Scranton' when family moved 50 years ago

Trump claims Biden 'abandoned Scranton' when family moved 50 years agoMocking the designated Democratic presidential nominee in his hometown, Donald Trump told a rally crowd that Joe Biden "abandoned Scranton" then "sold out" America during a half century in Washington."Joe Biden is no friend of Pennsylvania," the president said on a sun-drenched stage in the key swing state, where he trails the former vice president in nearly every poll by a statistically significant margin.



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Obama is now on a head-on collision course with Trump to save the 2020 US election

Obama is now on a head-on collision course with Trump to save the 2020 US electionBack in February 2008, congressman John Lewis had some bad news for Hillary Clinton and her presidential campaign.It was true that just a few months earlier, the civil rights hero had backed her bid to become the nation’s first woman president. But now, painfully and after no small consideration, he was having to take that endorsement back.



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Chris Wallace Confronts Trump Campaign Spox Jason Miller: Admit ‘You’re Losing’

Chris Wallace Confronts Trump Campaign Spox Jason Miller: Admit ‘You’re Losing’Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace interrupted his guest’s attacks on Joe Biden to bring up some important points about the Trump campaign this weekend.“Despite what you say about the Biden campaign, the fact is it is the Trump campaign that just replaced your campaign manager,” Wallace told Trump campaign adviser Jason Miller. “It’s the Trump campaign that just paused all television advertising for six days to recalibrate.” From there, Wallace put up on the screen a series of polling averages that show Trump trailing Biden by wide margins both nationally and in three of the crucial swing states he won in 2016. “How do you turn this around, because at this point, Jason, you’re losing?” the host asked.Unsurprisingly, Miller dismissed the premise of the question. “Well, we think we’re in great shape and well positioned to win this,” Miller said in response. He then falsely stated that in all the states President Trump needs to get to 270 electoral votes “he’s either leading or within the margin of error.” He also cited the outlier Rasmussen poll that has Trump with a 50 percent approval ratings as of this past Friday.‘He’s Terrified of Losing’—Trump Goes Into Hyperdrive to Delegitimize the ElectionBut when he started to attack Fox News’ polling specifically, Wallace stopped him. “I think the Fox poll compares very favorably to the Rasmussen  poll in terms of accuracy,” Wallace said. “I knew you were going to attack one poll. As I said the national poll is based on nine polls. The state polls, based on multiple polls as well. Are you really going to blame this—it seems to me that you hurt your credibility if you don’t admit, yeah, we’re losing and we’ve got to turn things around.”“I disagree,” Miller replied. Undeterred, he insisted, without evidence, that Trump is “in a good position right now.” Stephen Miller Spreads Blatant Lies About Mail-In Voting on ‘Fox & Friends’Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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On coronavirus, Trump insists the U.S. has the world's 'No. 1 low mortality rate.' He's wrong — and it's the wrong way to measure success.

On coronavirus, Trump insists the U.S. has the world's 'No. 1 low mortality rate.' He's wrong — and it's the wrong way to measure success.The problem with President Trump’s new strategy is that his prized data point is a mirage — an illusion that dissolves under closer inspection, revealing the opposite of the “success” it’s supposed to show.



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'We already have one Mitt Romney': Trump Jr and Rand Paul among conservatives calling for Liz Cheney to be ousted

'We already have one Mitt Romney': Trump Jr and Rand Paul among conservatives calling for Liz Cheney to be oustedFirst it was just a handful conservative rabble-rousers calling out House GOP Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney on Tuesday for defying Donald Trump on the coronavirus pandemic, foreign affairs decisions, and other matters.Then Senator Rand Paul piled on, retweeting Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz' message calling for her removal and writing that the Wyoming congresswoman's behaviour was "unacceptable."



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Trump: ‘More White People’ Are Killed by Cops and How Dare Anyone Suggest Blacks Have it Bad

Trump: ‘More White People’ Are Killed by Cops and How Dare Anyone Suggest Blacks Have it BadFollowing weeks of nationwide protests over a spate of police killings of Black people, President Donald Trump has claimed that “more white people” actually die at the hands of law enforcement.The president made the comment after appearing to briefly lose it when asked about the hot button topic in a CBS News interview.“Why are African-Americans still dying at the hands of law enforcement in this country?” host Catherine Herridge asked, prompting the president to immediately recoil.“So are white people. So are white people! What a terrible question to ask,” he huffed. “So are white people.”Studies have shown that Black men are about 3.5 times more likely than white men to die in police custody. White men were killed by the police in the highest numbers between 2013 and 2017, but white people account for a greater percentage of the U.S. population than Black people, according to a Harvard study.Trump has made white grievance politics and the culture war a centerpiece of his re-election push in recent weeks, defending Confederate memorials and military bases named after Confederate generals even as he derides those who took part in anti-racism protests as “bad, evil people” seeking to destroy the country.  Beyond that, he's targeted the only full-time Black NASCAR driver, Bubba Wallace, falsely accusing him of perpetrating a hate-crime “hoax” after a suspected noose was discovered in his garage at Alabama’s Talladega Superspeedway last month. Trump took to Twitter to demand that Wallace should “apologize” after the FBI concluded the noose was not a hate crime, but Wallace was not the one who reported it to begin with.Amidst what has become a nationwide reckoning over racism in the country, Trump has veered off in the other direction and refused to acknowledge that racism is a problem. In fact, perhaps the most telling response he has offered to the racism issue at the heart of the protests was a recent retweet of a video showing a Trump supporter arguing with protesters and yelling “white power.” Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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Jeff Sessions swings back at Trump for 'juvenile insults' as fight for political future looms in Alabama

Jeff Sessions swings back at Trump for 'juvenile insults' as fight for political future looms in AlabamaFormer Attorney General Jeff Sessions lashed out Saturday at President Donald Trump after his onetime ally launched another salvo ahead of the Republican Senate primary run-off on Tuesday in Alabama. Sessions, whom Trump has derided as "Mr. Magoo," touted himself as a trusted and independent conservative. "My honor and integrity are far more important than these juvenile insults," Sessions …



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CDC says guidelines for reopening schools are 'not requirements' after Trump calls them 'impractical'

CDC says guidelines for reopening schools are 'not requirements' after Trump calls them 'impractical'After President Trump on Tuesday lashed out at what he called “impractical” and “expensive” guidelines for reopening schools published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the agency’s director stressed that they are just guidelines, “not requirements.”



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New York's Cuomo pleads with Trump to acknowledge COVID-19 as 'major problem'

New York's Cuomo pleads with Trump to acknowledge COVID-19 as 'major problem'“So, Mr. President, don’t be a co-conspirator of COVID,” Cuomo said at a news briefing. “Acknowledge to the American people that COVID exists, it is a major problem, it’s going to continue until we admit it and each of us stands up to do our part.” Cuomo said Trump was “enabling” the virus if he failed to acknowledge the severity of the situation, and slammed the president’s comments that the spike in U.S. cases was due to increased testing.



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Trump says he will announce visa restrictions Sunday or Monday: Fox News interview

Trump says he will announce visa restrictions Sunday or Monday: Fox News interviewPresident Donald Trump said on Saturday he would announce new restrictions on visas within a couple of days to block the entry of certain foreign workers and protect Americans struggling with a job market devastated by the coronavirus pandemic. "We're going to be announcing something tomorrow or the next day on the visas," he told Fox News Channel. Asked if there would be exclusions from the new restrictions, Trump said very few.



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Trump news – live: Administration rolls back LGBT+ health protections as president demands end to Seattle 'autonomous zone'

Trump news – live: Administration rolls back LGBT+ health protections as president demands end to Seattle 'autonomous zone'Donald Trump has blamed the scenes of police brutality recorded at George Floyd protests across the US on “bad apples”, claiming to have “dominated the streets with compassion” to maintain law and order and pledging an executive order to establish a use-of-force standard, stopping short of broader reforms.Speaking at a roundtable event in Dallas, Texas, the president sought to allay ongoing frustrations by commenting: “We have to work together to confront bigotry and prejudice wherever they appear, but we will make no progress and heal no wounds by falsely labelling tens of millions of decent Americans as racist or bigots.”



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Trump Approval Plummets Ten Points in Less Than a Month in New Gallup Poll

Trump Approval Plummets Ten Points in Less Than a Month in New Gallup PollPresident Trump's job approval rating has dropped by 10 points in less than a month, according to a Gallup poll released Wednesday.As late as mid-May, 49 percent of respondents approved of Trump's job performance in the same poll. That approval has since dropped to 39 percent, moving closer to the president's average job approval rating of 40 percent throughout his term. (The latest poll was conducted from May 28 through June 4.)Of the past eight U.S. presidents, only two received worse approval ratings than Trump at the same point in their terms: George H.W. Bush, who stood at 37 percent in June 1992, and Jimmy Carter, at 32 percent in July 1980. Neither of them were reelected.Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama were reelected with approval ratings of 49 percent and 46 percent, respectively.Over the past few weeks, Trump's approval rating has fallen among Republicans, Democrats, and Independents.Among Republicans, 85 percent approve of the president's performance, down seven points since mid-May; support among Independents fell seven points to 39 percent; and approval among Democrats fell nine points to just 5 percent.The Gallup poll comes after the president's approval rating fell to its lowest level in two years in a Rasmussen survey released at the end of May.The president has seen his approval ratings drop even as much of the U.S. is moving to lift restrictions on businesses and gatherings imposed to mitigate the spread of coronavirus. At the same time, the country has been wracked by massive demonstrations over the death of George Floyd, an African American man killed during his arrest by Minneapolis police officers. Those demonstrations have often devolved into rioting and looting



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Team Trump ‘Desperately’ Wants Bush to Endorse Biden. Some Dems Love the Idea, Too.

Team Trump ‘Desperately’ Wants Bush to Endorse Biden. Some Dems Love the Idea, Too.President Donald Trump and his political lieutenants are privately hoping that former President George W. Bush will endorse Joe Biden this cycle, creating a bizarre confluence of interests with an increasing number of Democrats who are hoping for the same.To Team Trump, a Bush endorsement of Biden would allow them to hitch a formerly unpopular GOP president and the personification of dynastic politics to the Democratic Party’s 2020 ticket. They believe that Bush’s backing would drive the progressive wing of the party into a tizzy, especially if the Democratic nominee were to accept and promote it, creating internal strife for Biden at a time when he needs unity. According to two people familiar with his private remarks on the matter, Trump has said it would be “fun” if he could effectively run against both Bush and Biden. These sources with knowledge of the president’s thinking say he views both Biden and Bush as emblematic of the political establishment that he successfully ran against in the last election, and that Trump continues to harbor a visceral distaste for members of the Bush family and administration.“We would LOVE him to officially endorse Biden,” messaged a source close to the White House adding it “would be such a gift to us” citing the 43rd president’s legacy on trade, big government policies, and “constant war.”One senior Trump campaign official even said that some on the team “desperately” wanted the 43rd president of the United States to come out for Biden 2020, as it would make for easy messaging fodder. “I imagine we want it about as much as a lot of Biden people would not want it,” the official said.The New York Times reported Saturday that, among other Republicans struggling with an endorsement decision, the former president would not support Trump’s re-election efforts, citing people familiar with the situation. A spokesman for Bush told The Texas Tribune that the Times’ assertion was “false.”Bush certainly left the White House as a deeply unpopular figure, under the cloud of disastrous wars, various scandals, and a cratered economy. But his standing has improved in his years away from the political scene, including among Democratic voters. And on the few occasions he has waded back into public life, he has conveyed a more socially conscious approach to national affairs, including offering his recent support for ending systemic racism in police forces. Over time, the previously unthinkable has begun to happen, with prominent Democrats warming up to him and—now—the idea that an endorsement from him could provide an assist to the Democrats’ White House chances. “Our task is to build the broadest coalition possible,” Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA), a leading House progressive and former co-chair of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) presidential campaign, told The Daily Beast about a hypothetical endorsement. “I began my career in public service running against Bush’s war in Iraq in 2004. But no one doubts his commitment to tolerance and inclusiveness.”Khanna argued that Bush is in a “different moral league” than Trump, particularly in regard to the latter’s fondness for promoting “divisiveness” and “fearmongering.” “His endorsement would help to highlight the enormous stakes in 2020 for our democracy,” he said. Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, a top Biden booster, said he would “welcome” the endorsement, arguing that the public embracing of a high-profile Republican could have an electoral upside in critical swing states. “Ninety percent of Trump’s vote is the base. And the base isn’t going to care what George Bush says,” Rendell said. “Then there’s the 10 percent of Independents, suburban Republicans that stuck with him. … The question is: what effect does a George Bush endorsement have with them? I’d say, it adds weight to the entire picture that’s growing. I don’t think there’s any blowback on our side.”Ellen Defends Laughing It Up With George W. Bush at Cowboys GameIt is unclear if Bush will end up endorsing anyone for president this year, and he could very well sit on the sidelines and merely refuse to publicly support Trump’s reelection. According to a New York Times story published this weekend, Bush “won’t support the re-election of Mr. Trump.” But a Bush spokesperson told The Texas Tribune that the detail in the Times’ piece was “false.”Bush is hardly a Republican turncoat, having fundraised for conservative House and Senate candidates in the 2018 midterm elections in an effort to help preserve GOP congressional majorities—which, had it been successful in the House, would have preserved Trump’s sway on Capitol Hill. But his distaste for Trump has been evident for some time. And, in this case, the animus goes both ways. Two White House officials said they simply couldn’t care what Bush did or didn’t do ahead of this election, casting him as a trivial media obsession. “Elections are about the future, not the past,” said Ed Brookover, a former senior Trump adviser during the 2016 race. “President Bush performed well during his two terms, but people judge today’s candidates in today’s world. President Trump receives support from many voters who supported President Bush, as well as voters he pulled into his own orbit. President Trump’s policies and actions represent a new brand of leadership, which America has been needing for quite a while.”Dubya Was Bad, but the Donald Might Be Worse: Richard ClarkeFor Biden, the risks of accepting a Bush endorsement are fairly clear. The association with the Iraq War (which Biden supported), the use of torture, and the handling of Hurricane Katrina, alone, represents a heaping of political baggage that could outweigh any benefit. And some progressives were clear that they would struggle with having a president they had deeply reviled in their proverbial corner. “George W. Bush is a war criminal who lied to the American people in order to illegally invade a country. If nothing else, for that reason alone, I would never support accepting his endorsement,” said Charlotte Clymer, a LGBTQ activist who previously backed Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and has since thrown her weight behind Biden. But even Clymer found a bigger upside to the idea of an endorsement for party purposes, saying she wouldn’t be surprised to see Biden accept it “in order to remove our greatest national security threat in modern history: Donald Trump.”And among more establishment Democrats, the choice to welcome a potential boost from Bush now was seen as a no-brainer. “No one can ever accuse me of being a fan of former President George W. Bush,” said Jim Manley, a longtime senior Democratic Senate aide who served as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s spokesman during the latter Bush years. “But as far as I’m concerned, it would be fantastic if he were to come out and support the vice president. It would serve as a powerful rebuke to the current president.”James Carville, a former top adviser to President Bill Clinton’s 1992 campaign who is now advising the pro-Biden Democratic group American Bridge, responded enthusiastically about the prospect of a Bush endorsement for the presumptive Democratic nominee.“I fought with these guys during impeachment, I fought with these guys on the Iraq War, I fought with these guys left and right,” Carville said. “We’re in a different situation now. We have a deadly pathogen that’s infected this country and we got to get rid of it.”Put another way, Carville said: “What did Churchill say? ‘If Hitler invaded hell, I would side with the devil.’” Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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Mike Huckabee ‘Livid’ at Republicans Who Won’t Bow Down to Trump

Mike Huckabee ‘Livid’ at Republicans Who Won’t Bow Down to TrumpFormer Governor Mike Huckabee (R-AR) expressed his shock and dismay Sunday morning that several prominent Republicans will reportedly not support President Donald Trump in the 2020 election.“Well I don’t know if it’s true because it’s in The New York Times,” Huckabee snarked on Fox & Friends Weekend, claiming that the paper is “wrong more than they’re right.” “But if that’s true and if you have people who were nominated, and in the case of President Bush actually elected to be president by Republicans, and they will no longer support the Republican nominee who went through the process and got elected,” Huckabee said, “then I’m going to be not just unhappy, I’m going to be livid.” He went on to say that he and his fellow conservatives “didn't all agree on some of the policies of Bush or McCain or Romney” but “when it came down to it” they knew they could either “choose a far-left liberal or we could choose somebody that was closer to our views.”Huckabee admitted that Trump might not have the best “bedside manner,” but still, he added, “Here's what I just don’t understand with these never-Trumpers.” “This president is more pro-life than we’ve ever had, period,” he said. “He’s more pro-Israel. He has deregulated so much government so that the businesses of America can thrive and they have until this COVID stuff happened.” He notably neglected to mention that the president’s inaction on COVID-19 made that situation much worse.LeBron James Calls Out Fox News Host Laura Ingraham Over Drew Brees HypocrisyAfter baselessly claiming that Trump has “done more for minorities than any president in my lifetime in actually helping people to have good, decent jobs and a future,” Huckabee told Republicans who don’t like Trump’s “personality” to “get over it!” “This is not about electing a personality,” Huckabee said. “This isn't Hollywood. This is the rough, tumble world of politics. And maybe he's not as genteel as some of us would like. But, by gosh, he's getting the job done, and it’s time Republicans rally because if they don’t, they're going to get Joe Biden, who isn't pro-life, who is for higher taxes, open borders, he’s going to succumb to China. Everything that we find disgusting he’s going to embrace it, including the socialists out here. That’s why we have to realize this is a simple choice and we better make the right move.” After Huckabee delivered his fear-based rant Sunday morning on Fox, yet another prominent Republican, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, officially endorsed Joe Biden on CNN. Calling Trump’s rhetoric “dangerous for our democracy” and “dangerous for our country,” Powell said he believes “the country is getting wise to this and we’re not going to put up with it anymore.” Joe Biden Gets Super Unhelpful Defense from Mike HuckabeeRead more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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A senior Trump adviser said White House employees are going to work in a 'relatively cramped' West Wing out of love for their country: 'We've all been exposing ourselves to risks'

A senior Trump adviser said White House employees are going to work in a 'relatively cramped' West Wing out of love for their country: 'We've all been exposing ourselves to risks'At least a dozen people with potential access to the president and vice president tested positive for COVID-19 last week.



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Yahoo News/YouGov poll: Most Americans deny Trump virus response is a 'success' — nearly half say Obama would be doing better

Yahoo News/YouGov poll: Most Americans deny Trump virus response is a 'success' — nearly half say Obama would be doing betterThe unfavorable comparison between the current president and his predecessor is one of the clearest signs to date of an emerging dynamic that will define the remainder of Trump’s term and the presidential election.



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New York passes virus 'high point' as Trump, governors feud

New York passes virus 'high point' as Trump, governors feudThe state of New York, epicenter of America’s coronavirus infections, appeared to have passed the peak of the outbreak Sunday, as President Donald Trump bumped heads with governors over the pace of ending lockdowns. While some governors warned that the administration has failed to adequately boost testing, thousands of Americans were flouting stay-at-home orders to protest their states’ prolonged closures. In Washington state, an early US virus hotspot, more than 2,000 people — many of them ignoring social distancing guidelines — congregated at the capitol to demand the governor re-open the state’s shuttered economy.



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