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Dictator Trump: I Have “Total Authority” As President

Raw Story reports: At President Donald Trump’s latest White House coronavirus task force briefing, reporters pressed him on his claims that he can reopen the economy, pointing out that the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution clearly leaves the matter to state governments. Trump’s response was to utterly deny this was the case — and to insist that he had the …

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Acid Trip: Trump Names “Council To Reopen America”

Business Standard reports: President Donald Trump on Friday said he would soon set up a new advisory council of doctors and businessmen to recommend when to open America, whose economy has come to a grinding halt due to the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 95 percent of the country’s 330 million population are under stay-at-home order as part of the measures …

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White House: Trump Has No Plan To Fire Anthony Fauci

The New York Daily News reports: President Trump won’t fire White House coronavirus task force member Anthony Fauci despite sharing a tweet with the hashtag #FireFauci, a spokesman said on Monday. “This media chatter is ridiculous – President Trump is not firing Dr. Fauci,” said White House principal deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley. “The President’s tweet clearly exposed media attempts …

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Trump Admin Likely To Restrict US Funding For WHO

The Washington Post reports: President Trump is likely to announce restrictions on U.S. funding for the World Health Organization this week over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, as the administration and conservative allies ramped up their criticism that the United Nations agency catered to China early in the outbreak and jeopardized global health. Trump hinted at a temporary hold …

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REPORT: McConnell Loathes Trump, Calls Him “Nuts”

Salon reports: According to an extensively researched report on what makes Senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell tick, New Yorker writer Jane Mayer reveals that the Senate leader has reportedly called Donald Trump “nuts” behind his back — and that he cynically only supports the president because he is left alone to pursue his own agenda while Trump goes through the …

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Trump Campaign Sues TV Station Over “Hoax” Ad

Via press release from the Trump campaign: Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. today filed a lawsuit against WJFW-NBC of Rhinelander, WI for defamation in the wake of an advertisement carried by the station that contained intentionally false and defamatory statements about President Trump. The ad produced by Priorities USA, a super PAC supporting Joe Biden’s candidacy, and broadcast by …

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Trump Claims He Can Force States To Reopen Economy

Raw Story reports: President Donald Trump on Monday declared that he could force states across the country to reopen their economies, even if those states’ governors believe that doing so would be dangerous. As New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman points out, Trump’s declaration completely contradicts his own administration’s messages about states’ rights, as well as Trump’s own message that …

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Trump Gets “Four Pinocchios” On Malaria Drug Claims

The Washington Post reports: Over the course of only a few weeks, posts online, the media and politicians turned chloroquine from an unknown drug to a “100% coronavirus cure,” misleading the public on its effectiveness and engendering unintended but negative consequences. Hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine as treatments for covid-19 are not yet backed by reliable scientific evidence. In a pandemic, it’s …

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Fox Host Blasts Trump’s “Third Grade Name-Calling”

The Hill reports: A Fox News host fired back at President Trump on Sunday after the president took aim at Chris Wallace, host of “Fox News Sunday.” Jedediah Bila, weekend co-host of “Fox & Friends,” criticized Trump for his “3rd grade name-calling,” adding that Wallace “is doing his job.” Bila’s tweet came not long after she announced that she had …

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Trump Retweets Nutbag’s Call To Fire Anthony Fauci

The New York Times reports: President Trump publicly signaled his frustration on Sunday with Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the federal government’s top infectious disease expert, after the doctor said more lives could have been saved from the coronavirus if the country had been shut down earlier. Mr. Trump reposted a Twitter message that said “Time to #FireFauci” as he rejected …

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Billionaire Trump Donor, Personal Friend Dies Of COVID

Politico reports: A friend and donor to President Donald Trump who the president had said was in a coma and seriously ill after becoming infected with the coronavirus has died. Stanley I. Chera’s death Saturday was reported by The Real Deal, which covers the New York real estate industry. The publication cited unidentified sources who have worked with Crown Acquisitions, …

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Glorious Leader Explodes At Fox Anchor Chris Wallace

Fox News reports: Wallace predicted that the November election would double as a referendum on President Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, saying: “If people come to the conclusion, a majority of Americans, that he has handled the health issue and the economic issue poorly, I don’t think he has any chance to win.” Wallace also addressed whether Trump can …

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Fox News Host Rips Trump For Attacking Reporters

Mediaite reports: During a special MediaBuzz segment this afternoon, Howard Kurtz spoke with Gillian Turner about the recent clashes at briefings, including when Trump got testy with ABC News’ Jon Karl and Fox News’ Kristin Fisher when they pressed him on a recent report from the HHS IG office. “Jon Karl is not a third rate reporter,” Kurtz said. “He …

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Fauci On Trump’s Delayed Response: “It Is What It Is”

Axios reports: Dr. Anthony Fauci said on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday that “no one is going to deny” that more lives could have been saved during the coronavirus crisis if the Trump administration had implemented social distancing guidelines prior to March. The New York Times reported Saturday that the administration’s top public health experts, including Fauci, concluded on …

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Trump Hits Six-Month Approval Low In His Favorite Poll

The New York Post reports: President Trump’s approval rating dropped to a six-month low of 43 percent in the daily tracking poll conducted by the Republican-friendly Rasmussen Reports.  The survey of 500 likely voters, released Friday, found that 56 percent of voters disapprove of Trump’s job performance. The results reflect those of the Real Clear Politics polling average, where Trump …

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Trump Suggested Letting COVID “Wash Over” Country

The Washington Post reports: During one task force meeting in the Situation Room last month, Trump turned to Fauci and challenged him. It was the day the administration was adding Ireland and the United Kingdom to its travel restrictions, and Trump wanted to understand why talk of “herd immunity” — allowing the coronavirus to sweep a nation largely unchecked, with …

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Trump Promotes Service By Hateful Scamvangelical

The Dallas Morning News reports: President Donald Trump said Friday that he’ll attend Easter services on Sunday, virtually, along with congregants of Dallas’ First Baptist Church, where his friend and adviser is senior pastor. “I’m going to be watching Pastor Robert Jeffress,” Trump said at his daily coronavirus task force briefing. “He’s been a great guy, and I’m going to …

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Denver Post: Trump Is Playing Games With Our Lives

From the editorial board of the Denver Post: President Donald Trump is treating life-saving medical equipment as emoluments he can dole out as favors to loyalists. It’s the worst imaginable form of corruption — playing political games with lives. For the good of this nation during what should be a time of unity, he must stop. The federal government should …

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WH: Voice Of America Pushes “Chinese Propaganda”

From the editorial board of the Washington Post: The White House has just confirmed, no doubt unintentionally, that the U.S. government’s premier international broadcaster, Voice of America, is independent from the Trump administration. A shrill commentary posted on the White House website Friday assailed VOA for “promoting propaganda” of the Chinese government about the novel coronavirus epidemic. The evidence? A …

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Trump: We’ll Reopen When We Know We’re Healthy

CNBC reports: President Donald Trump said on Friday that he will not reopen the economy “until we know this country is going to be healthy.” The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reportedly projected that lifting stay-at-home orders, school closures and social distancing after just 30 days would lead to an infection spike this summer, according to documents first …

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