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Kudlow Hails Mass Unemployment As ‘Gales Of Creative Destruction’

Larry Kudlow, Donald Trump's top economic adviser, celebrated the tens of millions of job losses fueled by Trump's failure to contain the coronavirus, calling mass unemployment a "great part of American capitalism."

Kudlow made the comments in an interview with Fox Business host Stuart Varney on Friday morning.

"I saw something else today, one of the smart Wall Street people are talking about it. And it's an odd thing because the talk is that a lot of folks who became unemployed, all right, most regrettably but they're sticking with it and starting new businesses. They're going to be small businesses. But that's the great part of American capitalism, gales of creative destruction. I just love that new business start-up story," Kudlow said.

Kudlow did not name the "smart Wall Street" person who made this point to him, but that person appears to have their facts wrong.

Months into the pandemic, more than 12 million people remain unemployed, with eight million falling into poverty, thanks to the virus's impact on the economy and the GOP refusal to extend jobless aid.

The job losses have hit the poorest workers the hardest, with nearly 40 percent of people earning less than $40,000 a year losing their jobs at the peak of the coronavirus economic downturn, according to data from the Federal Reserve Bank.

Those are the kind of workers that don't have enough money to put food on the table, let alone the savings to start up a business as Kudlow suggests.

Kudlow's tone-deaf comment comes as permanent layoffs increase and the recovery is stalling.

The poor economy further imperils Trump's already flailing reelection bid.

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.

Trump Predicted Triumph In Town Hall Ratings -- But Biden Crushed Him

Donald Trump's plan to humiliate Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden by holding a competing town hall failed spectacularly, with Biden's town hall beating Trump's in the ratings, CNN's Brian Stelter reported.

Biden's event on ABC drew 13.9 million viewers, while Trump's town hall — which aired on NBC, MSNBC, and CNBC — drew a combined 13 million viewers, Stelter reported. That means Biden got more viewers on one news network than Trump received on three.

The news comes as Trump's campaign boasted that Trump would get higher ratings than Biden.

"We're gonna have a much bigger audience than Joe," Trump spokesperson Jason Miller, who has a history of adultery and failing to pay child support, told CNN ahead of the town halls.

The news is likely to enrage Trump, who is obsessed with television ratings.

Losing the ratings race is not the only problem Trump had with the town halls — which took place in lieu of a sanctioned presidential debate. The official debate was canceled after Trump was diagnosed with coronavirus and refused to hold the debate virtually.

Trump's town hall performance may not have been helpful to him as far as the viewers who did watch. A focus group with GOP pollster Frank Luntz found that those who watched Trump were turned off by his appearance, in which he refused to condemn QAnon and called his $400 million in debt "a peanut."

"My group of undecided voters say that the more Trump speaks, the worse he looks," Luntz tweeted after the town halls wrapped up.



Barr’s Dud Probe Of Flynn ‘Unmasking’ Closed Without Any Action

Donald Trump, Republicans in Congress, and Trump surrogates have been pushing a story for years that officials in the Obama administration improperly leaked to the media that Michael Flynn, then an official with the Trump campaign, had been mentioned in intelligence reports focused on a foreign target of investigation.

Revealing the names of people who are not the target of intelligence gathering themselves is known as "unmasking." Only certain officials can request that a person whose identity has been concealed in intelligence reporting be revealed.

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Gov. Northam, Militia Target, Hits Trump’s ‘Deadly’ Rhetoric

Virginia Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam's office blamed Donald Trump for inciting violence from his supporters, saying Trump's rhetoric is dangerous.

A spokesperson for Northam made the comment after the FBI announced on Tuesday that right-wing extremists who were allegedly plotting to overthrow and kidnap Michigan Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer also talked about carrying out a similar plot against Northam.

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WATCH: McConnell's  'Confederate Voldemort' Laugh About Covid Relief

Sen. Mitch McConnell laughed Monday night when the Democratic challenger for his Kentucky Senate seat, Amy McGrath, pointed out that as majority leader of the Senate, he has not passed needed relief for the millions of workers who lost their jobs in the economic downturn resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.

McGrath correctly pointed out that the Democratic-led House passed more relief for the millions of jobless back in May in a bill McConnell refused to put up for a vote in the Senate. Since then, McConnell has taken a back seat as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi negotiates with the White House, and he appears to be unable to bring together enough Senate Republicans to pass any kind of relief for those still out of work.

"Senator, it is a national crisis. You knew that the coronavirus wasn't going to end at the end of July. We knew this," McGrath said, as McConnell smiled and laughed. "If you want to call yourself a leader, you gotta get things done. Those of us who served in the Marines, we don't just point fingers at the other side, we get the job done."


Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.

White House Has Lied For Months About COVID Testing Of Trump

Questions continue to swirl around the timeline of Donald Trump's infection with the coronavirus. The White House continues to refuse to respond to questions about when Trump's last negative coronavirus test was — information that could help with contact tracing and pinpointing the source of the outbreak that is still spreading among members of the Trump administration and other government and military officials.

But even if the White House did release the information, it would be hard to know whether it's true, as the White House has lied about Trump's coronavirus testing before.

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Texas Gov. Abbott Orders New Vote Suppression Measures

Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott announced on Thursday that each county in the state can only have one designated spot for voters to return absentee ballots — a move that will undoubtedly make it harder to vote, as it will require many people in the state to travel further to drop off completed ballots.

Abbott claimed the move was aimed at "enhancing ballot security protocols," and went on to say that he is authorizing "poll watchers to observe any activity conducted at the early voting clerk's office location."

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Watch: Trump Tells White Supremacists To ’Stand By

Donald Trump on Tuesday refused to condemn the white supremacists who have been purposefully causing chaos and committing violence at racial justice protests across the country.

"Proud Boys, stand back and stand by. But I'll tell you what, somebody's got to do something about antifa and the left," Trump said — a comment that does not condemn the violence white supremacists have carried out at protests.

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Biden Slams Trump On Health Care: ‘He Has No Plan’

Democratic nominee Joe Biden slammed Donald Trump for trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act without having any plan to replace it — a move that would cause millions of people to lose their insurance, and leave millions more with preexisting conditions unable to find coverage.

"He has no plan for health care," Biden said, as Trump repeatedly interrupted. "He sends out wishful thinking. He sends out executive orders that have no power. He hasn't lowered drug costs for anybody. he has been promising health care plan since he got elected. He has none. Like almost everything else he talks about he does not have a plan. He doesn't have a plan and the fact is this man doesn't know what he's talking about."

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Without Explanation, McConnell And McCarthy Skip RBG Memorial Service

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell skipped a service on Capitol Hill honoring Ruth Bader Ginsburg, NBC News' Kasie Hunt reported.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy was also not in attendance at the ceremony honoring Ginsburg, the pioneering Supreme Court justice who died one week ago after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

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Top Official Admits Trump’s Order On Pre-Existing Conditions Is Worthless

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar on Thursday announced that Donald Trump will sign an executive order declaring that it is the "the policy of the United States" that people with preexisting conditions will be protected.

However, Azar admitted on a call before Trump's announcement that the order holds no legal weight. As the Daily Beast's Sam Stein reported, Azar said the executive order would have no affect if the Supreme Court strikes down Obamacare and said it is merely a "defined statement of U.S. policy that people with preexisting conditions are protected."

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Polls In Texas And Missouri Show Suburban Swing Away From Trump

A spate of polls in a trio of suburban House seats come with bad news for Donald Trump and his chances at winning reelection in November.

Internal polls from Democratic candidates have Trump losing to Democratic nominee Joe Biden in three seats Trump carried in 2016, showing his standing with suburban voters is sliding and threatening to sink his bid.

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Spate Of Court Rulings Striking Down GOP Voter Suppression

Republicans faced a series of defeats this week in their efforts to make it harder for Americans to vote, as both state and federal courts ruled against them in lawsuits and struck down laws they'd passed.

Donald Trump's campaign has pledged to spend $20 million to fight the expansion of absentee ballot use amid the COVID-19 pandemic as well as to try to block measures that make it easier for voters to return those ballots, such as adding ballot collection boxes and allowing states to count ballots that were postmarked on Election Day but were received by election officials late due to Postal Service delays.

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Former Model Amy Dorris Says Trump Assaulted Her At 1997 US Open

Donald Trump has been hit with yet another allegation of sexual assault, the Guardian reported on Thursday.

Amy Dorris, a former model, said Trump kissed and groped her without her consent during the 1997 US Open tennis tournament in New York.

She is at least the 42nd woman to accuse Trump of sexual assault or rape.

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How The Trump Campaign Is Sabotaging An Election He Fears Losing

Down in the polls and facing the possibility of defeat, Donald Trump is using his platform to generate mass confusion ahead of the November general election, which could make it harder for Americans to vote in the middle of a deadly pandemic.

Trump, along with the Republican National Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee, have been taking numerous actions that would depress the vote for the upcoming election, which Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is currently favored to win.

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McEnany Refuses To Disclose Details Of Trump’s New ‘Health Plan’

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Wednesday refused to provide any details on the health care plan Donald Trump said one night earlier was "all ready" to go.

"I'm not going to give you a readout of what our health care plan looks like and who's working on it," McEnany said in response to a reporter's question about what the plan entailed and who had worked on it. "If you want to know, come work here at the White House."


McEnany's refusal to answer a simple question about Trump's health care plan is par for the course. In the past, she has turned briefings into fights with the media, while pushing lies and falsehoods about Trump's various accusations and claims.

The purpose of the White House news conference is, of course, for the press secretary to inform the American public about the policies the administration is working on. Those with questions about polices that will affect them are not required to work at the White House to know details of those plans.

Of course, it's likely no plan exists at all.

Trump has been promising a new health care plan for years, as he has repeatedly tried to repeal or invalidate the Affordable Care Act through sabotage efforts and lawsuits.

Trump has said numerous times over his three-and-a-half years in office that he would release his health care plan imminently — on at least one occasion promising to release the plan in "two weeks." But those deadlines always come and go with nothing from the White House.

Trump promised a new plan five times in 2020 alone, according to Kaiser Health News, yet has still yet to release anything.

Meanwhile, if the lawsuit seeking to invalidate the ACA — to which Trump has signed on — is successful, millions of people would lose their health care, and those with preexisting conditions would no longer be protected from discrimination from health insurance companies.

Trump has repeatedly lied about his record on preexisting condition protections, reassuring the public that he will guard them against such actions.

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.

GOP Operatives Push Green Party, Kanye West Ballot Lines

Third-party candidates played a major role in Donald Trump's election in 2016, siphoning off voters from Hillary Clinton and helping Trump eke out wins by the narrowest of margins in enough swing states to hand him a victory — even as he lost the popular vote by three million ballots.

Four years later, with Trump down in the polls and facing the possibility of defeat, Republican operatives are making a last-ditch effort to try to recreate that same third-party effect, and are playing a behind-the-scenes role in numerous states to get Kanye West and Green Party presidential nominee Howie Hawkins onto state ballots.

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