Kayleigh McEnany

‘It’s On Tape’: McEnany Lies In Face Of Woodward Recordings (VIDEO)

At a White House press conference on Wednesday, press secretary Kayleigh McEnany repeatedly lied about Donald Trump's response to the coronavirus pandemic, hours after excerpts from journalist Bob Woodward's new book, Rage, about that response were made public.

In interviews recorded by Woodward, Trump admitted that he deceived the American public in discussing the coronavirus. "I wanted to always play it down," Trump said on March 19. "I still like playing it down, because I don't want to create a panic."

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Donald Trump, Joint Base Andrews

Trump Doubles Down On Conspiracy Theory About Riots

Donald Trump doubled-down Tuesday morning on a bizarre conspiracy theory about a plane full of black-clad rioters and looters that has been thoroughly debunked.

Trump first floated the conspiracy theory on Laura Ingram's Fox News program on Monday night, claiming without evidence that "we had somebody get on a plane from a certain city this weekend, and in the plane it was almost completely loaded with thugs, wearing these dark uniforms, black uniforms, with gear and this and that."

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Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama Scorches Trump In Historic Convention Speech

During her Monday night keynote address at the Democratic National Convention, Michelle Obama discussed the moral lessons children are learning from Donald Trump's time in power, noting that he is not up to the task to be president.

Obama criticized Trump for praising white supremacists, putting young immigrant children in cages, and leading without empathy.

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Kevin McCarthy

House GOP Leader Breaks With Trump On Post Office Funding

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy broke ranks with Donald Trump on Friday, telling CNBC that he supports funding the U.S. Postal Service.

"The Postal Service will have the funding that it needs," McCarthy said, adding, "We will make sure of that." McCarthy claimed Trump would not oppose the funding despite repeated statements by Trump saying he would do just that.

In May, McCarthy voted against a House coronavirus relief bill, the HEROES ACT, that would have provided $25 billion for the post office.

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Kamala Harris

Trump Said Harris Would Be ‘A Fine Choice’ — Until Biden Chose Her

The Trump campaign attacked Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) as "phony" on Tuesday, moments after she was tapped as Joe Biden's 2020 running mate, and less than two weeks after Trump himself praised her as a potential vice presidential nominee.

Biden announced Harris as his running mate on Tuesday afternoon, calling her "a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country's finest public servants."

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Barbara Cegavske

Nevada’s GOP Elections Chief Fights Trump On Mail Ballots

Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske asked a federal court on Monday to toss out a Trump campaign lawsuit over a new law making it easier to vote in Nevada.

Cegavske is the latest Republican state official to push back against Trump's voter suppression tactics in the run-up to the 2020 election.

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As Trump Threatens Social Security, His Approval Plummets Among Seniors

As Trump Threatens Social Security, His Approval Plummets Among Seniors

Donald Trump's recent executive action on payroll taxes could have dire effects on Social Security — at a time when Trump is already losing support from older Americans more broadly.

Over the weekend, Trump directed the Treasury Department to stop collecting the tax, which funds Social Security, through the end of 2020 for anyone making less than $100,000 a year, an attempt to go around Congress and buff up his own electoral chances this November.

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Ellen Weintraub

FEC Chief Tells McConnell To Fund Election Now Or Court Disaster

Federal Election Commissioner Ellen Weintraub called on Donald Trump and Congress to provide adequate funding for the 2020 election in a sharply worded public statement released on Thursday.

"Mr. President, Members of Congress, should you fail to provide the funds America needs for its elections, you will be derelict in your duty to your country," Weintraub wrote. A lack of federal funding "would be a devastating failure to protect our democracy in a moment of historic need."

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Newly Reopened Schools Already Plagued By Virus Outbreaks

Newly Reopened Schools Already Plagued By Virus Outbreaks

The academic year has barely begun, yet several schools have already faced setbacks because of coronavirus outbreaks.

On Monday, Donald Trump reiterated his demand to "Open the Schools!" But Indiana, the first state in the nation to begin its school year, has already seen a number of coronavirus-related incidents.

Elwood Junior-Senior High School closed its doors on Monday just days after reopening after at least one staffer at the school tested positive for coronavirus and other staffers were forced to quarantine, the Indianapolis Star reported.

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Donald Trump

Worst Quarterly Downturn Since ’29 Crash Fails To Spur GOP Economic Action

Donald Trump oversaw the worst economic quarter in recorded U.S. history, with the economy shrinking by 33 percent from April through June.

This marks the second quarter in a row Trump has presided over a steep quarterly drop in the nation's gross domestic product, the Associated Press reported on Thursday, following a five percent drop from January through March.

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Donald Trump

Trump Pushing More States To Open Although None Meet CDC Criteria

Donald Trump said Monday that more states need to reopen their economies, despite none of them meeting the criteria set forth by the White House to do so safely.

"I really do believe a lot of the governors should be opening up states that they're not opening," Trump said during a visit to a North Carolina bioprocess innovation center. "We'll see what happens with them."

In the spring of this year, the White House and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a set of criteria states should meet before lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions.

According to ProPublica, those criteria are based on five metrics:

  • A decrease in the number of positive tests per 100,000 people, using a seven-day average;
  • A decrease in the percentage of positive tests, again using a seven-day average;
  • 100 tests administered per 100,000 people per day, using a seven-day average;
  • At least 30% bed availability in hospital ICUs; and
  • A decrease in the percentage of hospital visits for flu-like symptoms.

As of Monday, no state had successfully met all five criteria, per ProPublica data. A handful of states met four of the five benchmarks.

Trump's comments come as the states across the country see a surge in coronavirus cases. Some of the biggest hotspots include Sun Belt states such as Florida, Texas, and Arizona which opened up hastily earlier this year against expert advice.

"The virus doesn't care how badly we want things to return to normal," Saskia Popescu, a Phoenix-area epidemiologist, wrote in a Washington Post column on July 16. "If we go too fast, it will storm back everywhere."

Nationwide, more than 4.2 million have confirmed coronavirus cases, and at least 147,003 people have died.

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.

Donald Trump, baseball

Trump Says He’s ‘ Too Busy’ To Throw First Pitch

Donald Trump claimed Sunday that he would no longer throw out the first pitch at a New York Yankees game next month because he was too busy dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump made the statement after spending the weekend golfing at his New Jersey resort.

"Because of my strong focus on the China Virus, including scheduled meetings on Vaccines, our economy and much else, I won't be able to be in New York to throw out the opening pitch for the [New York] Yankees on August 15th," Trump tweeted on Sunday afternoon, using a racist term for the coronavirus. "We will make it later in the season!"

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Donald Trump, minimum wage earners

Trump Discards Promises On Minimum Wage Increase

On July 1, Donald Trump said he would share good news about the minimum wage within two weeks.

Since then, 21 days have passed without a word from the White House on the subject.

"I'm going to have a statement on minimum wage," Trump told Fox Business during a White House interview. "I feel differently than a lot of people on minimum wage, some people in my own party. But I will have a statement over the next two weeks on minimum wage."

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Karen Pence

White House Won’t Disclose Whether Karen Pence Will Return To Teaching In September

The Trump administration has demanded schools reopen for in-person instruction despite the pandemic, but won't say if second lady Karen Pence will be among those returning to the classroom next month.

Immanuel Christian School is "planning to return to full time instruction on campus in August," according to its website. The school confirmed its plan to reopen during a brief phone call on Wednesday.

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Coronavirus Forces GOP To Scale Back Convention Drastically

Coronavirus Forces GOP To Scale Back Convention Drastically

Republicans will severely restrict attendance at the August GOP nominating convention, according to a letter from Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel.

According to the Associated Press, only RNC delegates will be allowed to attend the first three nights of the convention, which will now take place in Jacksonville, Florida. On the fourth night, when Donald Trump is expected to accept the nomination, alternate delegates can join delegates, as well as a guest for each.

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GOP vs. democrat

Survey: GOP Governors’ Ratings Drop Over Pandemic Failure

Republican governors across the country are seeing dwindling approval numbers on their response to the coronavirus crisis, according to a Gallup poll released Tuesday.

Only 53 percent of respondents now say their Republican governor "cares about the safety and health of my community," compared with 61 percent who said so in early June.

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farm, farming

Trump Comes Up $10 Billion Short On Farm Trade Relief

Donald Trump promised back in January that American farmers would benefit greatly from his highly touted trade deal with China. Now, reports show that promise may be difficult to keep.

As of May, China had purchased just $5.4 billion worth of U.S. agricultural product, despite a goal of at least $33 billion by the end of the year, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday.

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