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Ever since House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) announced his intention to sue President Barack Obama for delaying the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate, polls have shown that the American public strongly disagrees with the plan. According to one new survey, it could cause a big problem for Republicans in November.

The latest McClatchy-Marist poll finds that the lawsuit is still unpopular; 58 percent say that Congress should not sue the president, while just 34 percent say it should. In a major warning sign for the GOP, it appears that this disappoval could translate into votes. The lawsuit is actually motivating Democrats more than Republicans; an 88 percent majority of Democrats said the lawsuit makes them more likely to vote for a Democrat in the midterms, while just 78 percent of Republicans said the same about their party’s candidates.

Democrats’ increased motivation over the lawsuit is already apparent in the money race. Democratic fundraising has exploded since Boehner annouced his plan.

Republicans are counting on a large enthusiasm gap to help them make major gains in November. If the lawsuit motivates Democrats — particularly minorities and young voters, who tend to vote at much lower rates in midterm elections — to head to the polls, then it could scuttle GOP plans to take over the Senate.

More broadly, suing the president could cause a serious rift between the GOP and moderate voters. Self-described moderates oppose the lawsuit by an overwhelming 67 to 22 percent. And if Republicans do actually sue Obama, it would make 50 percent of moderates more likely to vote Democratic, and just 25 percent more likely to vote Republican.

The poll isn’t all bad news for Republicans, though. It found that the GOP has claimed a 43 to 38 percent advantage in the generic congressional ballot — its first lead of the year.

AFP Photo/Mandel Ngan

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Actor as Donald Trump in Russia Today video ad

Screenshot from RT's 'Trump is here to make RT Great Again'

Russia Today, the network known in this country as RT, has produced a new "deep fake" video that portrays Donald Trump in post-presidential mode as an anchor for the Kremlin outlet. Using snippets of Trump's own voice and an actor in an outlandish blond wig, the ad suggests broadly that the US president is indeed a wholly owned puppet of Vladimir Putin– as he has so often given us reason to suspect.

"They're very nice. I make a lot of money with them," says the actor in Trump's own voice. "They pay me millions and hundreds of millions."

But when American journalists described the video as "disturbing," RT retorted that their aim wasn't to mock Trump, but his critics and every American who objects to the Russian manipulations that helped bring him to power.

As an ad for RT the video is amusing, but the network's description of it is just another lie. Putin's propagandists are again trolling Trump and America, as they've done many times over the past few years –- and this should be taken as a warning of what they're doing as Election Day approaches.

The Lincoln Project aptly observed that the Russians "said the quiet part out loud" this time, (Which is a bad habit they share with Trump.)