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Trump Falsely Accuses Nevada Of Using Pandemic To 'Steal' 2020 Election

Donald Trump claimed on Monday that a Nevada bill to help people vote from home during the coronavirus pandemic was an illegal coup d'état.

"In an illegal late night coup, Nevada's clubhouse Governor made it impossible for Republicans to win the state," Trump tweeted. "Post Office could never handle the Traffic of Mail-In Votes without preparation. Using Covid to steal the state. See you in Court!"

The Nevada state legislature on Sunday passed a bill that will ensure mail ballots are sent to every active voter in November's elections. The bill passed along party lines, and Gov. Steve Sisolak, a Democrat, is expected to sign it.

Trump has repeatedly made baseless claims that voting by mail will make the 2020 election "fraudulent," though research has shown voter fraud in the United States is exceptionally rare. Although many states make no distinction between absentee voting and other mail-in balloting, he has suggested that absentee voting is just fine.

Nevada used a similar approach for its June primary, mailing ballots to all voters automatically. Asked Friday by state legislators if she was aware of any fraud in that election, the state's Republican secretary of state, Barbara Cegavske, said no. "To my knowledge … we've not had any cases of fraud that have been reported to us," she answered.

Trump has also argued that the Postal Service will be unable to handle delivering mailed-in ballots. His administration has repeatedly sought to cut funding for the U.S. Postal Service, and his handpicked postmaster general recently announced a plan to slow mail delivery and reduce overtime for employees.

On Sunday, Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel tweeted a photo of less than two dozen Trump supporters protesting against the bill: "@realDonaldTrump's supporters are out in force today protesting Nevada Dems' attempts to ram through mass mail-in voting & ballot harvesting. Dems want to use the pandemic to destroy election integrity."

Trump lost Nevada in 2016 by 2.4 percent. According to FiveThirtyEight, he is currently trailing Joe Biden by 6.5 percent in the state's polling average.

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.

Is Your Mutual Fund Investing In Sinclair's Far-Right Propaganda?

A media company under fire for spreading COVID-19 misinformation and right-wing propaganda may be part of your 401(k) or investment account.

Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. is a massive American telecommunications conglomerate that owns and/or operates 191 television stations in 89 media markets.

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Governors Who Reopened Too Early See Virus Surge, Ratings Crash

Four Republican governors who rushed to reopen their states prematurely amid the pandemic have seen their approval ratings tank, according to a new poll.

The SurveyMonkey poll, published Friday by Axios, found that constituents no longer approve of the way Govs. Doug Ducey of Arizona, Ron DeSantis of Florida, Brian Kemp of Georgia, and Greg Abbott of Texas are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Cases have spiked in all four states recently.

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Poll: Most Parents Oppose Rapid School Reopening

Nearly two-thirds of American parents oppose reopening schools soon, according to a new Kaiser Family Foundation survey. But the Trump administration continues to push for an immediate resumption of in-person instruction.

The tracking poll, released Thursday, found that 60 percent of parents say they prefer schools open later "to ensure the risk of getting coronavirus is as low as possible." Just 34 percent said it was better for them to open sooner "so parents can work and students won't miss out on learning and other services schools provide."

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113 House Republicans Vote To Keep Confederate Statues In Capitol

One hundred thirteen House Republicans voted on Wednesday to keep Confederate statues on display in the U.S. Capitol building.

The House voted by a margin of 305-113 to remove statues of persons "who served as an officer or voluntarily with the Confederate States of America or of the military forces or government of a State while the State was in rebellion against the United States."

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NRA Rewards Trump For Breaking Promises On Gun Safety

Donald Trump celebrated receiving the endorsement of the gun lobby, after caving to their demands repeatedly.

A day after the National Rifle Association announced it would again endorse Trump, he tweeted out on Friday his thanks for their "FULL & COMPLETE ENDORSEMENT!"

"As long as I am President, I will ALWAYS protect our Great Second Amendment, and never let the Radical Left take away your Rights, your Guns, or your Police!" he wrote.

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Joni Ernst Reveals GOP Would Attempt Lameduck Supreme Court Confirmation

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) reportedly said Friday that she would confirm a nominee to the Supreme Court chosen by Donald Trump in November or December even if Joe Biden had won election to the White House.

Iowa PBS senior producer Andrew Batt tweeted that Ernst said during the taping of an appearance on the network's show "Iowa Press" that "she would support Supreme Court justice hearings/votes in Nov-Dec lame duck session in late 2020 after election. Adds she would support even if President Trump & Senate Rs lose November election."

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Caught Smearing Fauci, White House Denies Any Role In Oppo Assault

After days of White House attacks on Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Trump administration is now claiming it "values" the expertise of its medical advisers.

Peter Navarro, Donald Trump's top trade adviser, published a scathing opinion piece in USA Today on Tuesday attacking Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of the White House coronavirus task force.

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Trump Campaign Urges Voters To Seek Mail Ballots Despite ‘Fraud’ Claims

Donald Trump's campaign is encouraging supporters to vote by mail, even as Trump himself rails against mail-in voting.

In Florida, Trump Victory, the joint operation of the Trump reelection campaign and the Republican National Committee, recently distributed what it called "absentee ballot" applications to voters, encouraging them to participate in the state's vote-by-mail system.

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Trump Promotes Far-Right Attack On CDC As Virus Explodes

Donald Trump retweeted a supporter's attack on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday morning, spreading a false claim that the agency is lying about the coronavirus to hurt Trump's election chances.

Chuck Woolery, a former game show host and Trump supporter, tweeted on Sunday night: "The most outrageous lies are the ones about Covid 19. Everyone is lying. The CDC, Media, Democrats, our Doctors, not all but most, that we are told to trust. I think it's all about the election and keeping the economy from coming back, which is about the election. I'm sick of it."

Trump retweeted the claim, along with two more Woolery tweets, on Monday morning.

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New Poll Shows Overwhelming Disapproval For Trump’s Response To Coronavirus

Sixty-seven percent of Americans disapprove of Donald Trump's response to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new poll.

The latest ABC News/Ipsos poll found a record low 33 percent approval rating for the way Trump has handled the COVID-19 pandemic, down from 54 percent in March and 41 percent in mid-June.

Since May, Trump has focused little attention on curbing the pandemic.

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GOP-Friendly Pollster Finds Biden Leading By Ten Points

One of the nation's most reliably GOP-leaning pollsters on Wednesday released the results of its first weekly poll for the 2020 presidential election. They showed Joe Biden leading Donald Trump.

The Rasmussen Reports survey of 5,000 "likely voters," conducted July 5-7, found that 50 percent support Joe Biden, 40 percent support Donald Trump, and 6 percent are undecided.

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Trump Flack Insists Americans ‘Undoubtedly’ Better Off Than In 2016

Trump's campaign press secretary Hogan Gidley claimed on Wednesday that Americans were better off than they were three years ago. The Fox & Friends co-host interviewing him disputed that claim.

Gidley said in the interview that Trump plans to use an outdoor campaign rally in New Hampshire on Saturday to boast about his accomplishments.

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Trump Resumes Promotion Of Debunked ‘Miracle’ Drug For Covid-19

Donald Trump spent Monday on Twitter touting an outlier study published by the Henry Ford Health System in Michigan about an anti-malarial drug he has previously presented as a 'miracle' cure for COVID-19.

"Treatment with hydroxychloroquine cut the death rate significantly in sick patients hospitalized with COVID-19 — and without heart-related side-effects, according to a new study published by Henry Ford Health System," Trump tweeted. "In a large-scale retrospective analysis, of 2,541 patients hospitalized between March 10 and May 2, 2020 across the system's six hospitals, the study found 13 percent of those treated with hydroxychloroquine alone died compared to 26.4 percent not treated with hydroxychloroquine."

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House GOP Candidates Drop Attacks On Obamacare

Almost none of the top Republican House candidates currently in the running are campaigning on repealing the Affordable Care Act in 2020, even as Donald Trump himself pushes to get rid of the law.

Last week — despite the ongoing pandemic — the Trump administration asked the Supreme Court to strike down the 2010 law, commonly known as Obamacare. If the Court agrees, 20 million Americans would likely lose their health coverage.

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Senate Rejects Hawley’s Attempt To Preserve Confederate Military Base Names

The Senate rejected an effort by Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) just before the July 4 holiday to preserve the names of U.S. military facilities named after leaders of the Confederacy.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell filed a cloture motion to end debate on the bill without a vote on Hawley's amendment.

The amendment would have eliminated a requirement — agreed to on June 11 by the Senate Armed Services Committee — that the Defense Department remove the names of Confederate generals from 10 major military bases within three years.

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New Reports: Economy Stalling In States That Reopened Too Hastily

Numbers of COVID-19 cases in states that rushed to reopen for business are spiking, and their economies are suffering setbacks, according to new analyses. This is exactly what economists and public health experts warned would happen if businesses reopened before the science said it was safe.

According to economists with Nomura, a financial services company, "high frequency data on service sector activity suggests businesses and consumers may already be responding to the surge in new cases," Axios reported on Monday. The same report cited a Deutsche Bank analysis that found "states with faster case growth are now underperforming economically based on measures of small business activity, restaurant bookings and consumer spending."

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