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Trump Asks People To Show Up Early For DC Ego Rally

Raw Story reports: President Donald Trump tried to drum up interest in his flagging Fourth of July spectacle by hinting that Air Force One and military vehicles might engage in some stunts to entertain onlookers. The president sounded a bit like historic showman P. T. Barnum — to whom he’s often compared — in announcing some of the exhibitions the …

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Pentagon Tells Troops To Say: “I’m Proud Of My Tank”

Mother Jones reports: Mother Jones obtained a photo of a card that is being distributed to participating service members with instructions from the Pentagon about what to say—and not to say—when speaking with members of the media. The Department of Defense would like service members to be clear that they are “proud” on several levels. Under the overall messages, the …

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Appeals Court Upholds Block On Border Wall Funding

Bloomberg reports: A federal appeals court kept in place a judge’s ruling barring the Trump administration from moving ahead with construction projects for a southern U.S. border wall using funds not approved by Congress. The order issued Wednesday by a three-judge panel of the San Francisco-based court was in response to an administration request for permission to begin the process …

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Trump To Caged Migrants: If You Don’t Like It, Don’t Come, You’ve Got It Better Here Than You Did At Home

Bloomberg News reports: President Donald Trump said that undocumented migrants detained at the U.S.-Mexico border are living in better and safer conditions than in their home countries, after public outcry over the detention of children and adults in unsanitary conditions. The Trump administration has come under intense scrutiny in recent days amid reports of migrants, including children, being held in …

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“Dumping Trump” Robot To Appear At DC Fourth Rally

Talking Points Memo reports: A giant robot designed to look like President Trump tweeting while sitting on the toilet, which made its debut in London during the president’s recent visit, will follow the president to D.C. on July 4th to protest his “Salute to America” celebration. Activists with CODEPINK, which will be bringing the popular “Baby Trump” blimp to D.C. …

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Late Day Thunderstorms May Imperil Trump’s Ego Rally

The Washington Post reports: The Independence Day weather forecast is threatening to put a damper on President Trump’s “Salute to America” event on the National Mall. A spokeswoman for the Department of the Interior said the agency expects Thursday’s events “to take place rain or shine.” But with a chance of storms in the Washington, D.C., area, it’s unclear whether …

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Trump Claims Main Cost For His Ego Rally Is “The Fuel”

Politico reports: President Donald Trump on Wednesday downplayed the mounting cost of his ambitious Fourth of July celebration, saying the price tag “will be very little compared to what it is worth.” The president on Wednesday did not specify the projected costs for Thursday’s event, but the $2.5 million Park Service figure to just partially cover costs would be larger …

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Top Pentagon Officials To Attend Trump’s DC Ego Rally

The Hill reports: The nation’s top defense officials are slated to attend President Trump’s “Salute to America” event Thursday on the National Mall, adding to the military-style celebration that will also include tanks and flyovers. Acting Defense Secretary Mark Esper, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford, Navy Secretary Richard Spencer and acting Air Force Secretary Matthew …

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Trump: Don’t Believe “Fake News” About Us Dropping Census Question, We’re “Absolutely Moving Forward”

Trump’s latest tweet comes just after this: Republican Congressman Chip Roy (R-TX) urged President Donald Trump on Tuesday to ignore the Supreme Court’s decision on a controversial census citizenship question, advising him to print the survey with the question regardless of the court’s ruling. “It’s the lawyers advising him,” Roy tweeted, evidently referring to the Supreme Court Justices. “[Trump] should …

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Trump Congratulates SEAL For Beating War Crimes And Murder Charges: “Glad I Could Help!” [VIDEO]

CNN reports: Decorated Navy SEAL team leader Eddie Gallagher was acquitted of nearly all charges in the death of an ISIS prisoner in Iraq, including premeditated murder. But a jury of seven soldiers in his court-martial found him guilty of posing for a photo with the 12-year-old ISIS fighter, an offense carrying a maximum sentence of four months. Navy prosecutors …

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NRA Implosion Has Trump 2020 Team Panicking

Well, this is just a shame: The National Rifle Association aired an avalanche of TV ads and pushed its 5 million-plus members to the polls for Donald Trump in 2016, propelling him in the Rust Belt states that delivered him the presidency. Now, the gun rights group is in total meltdown — and senior Republicans and Trump 2020 officials are …

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Army Warns DC Residents Not To “Panic” Over Tanks

DC’s CBS News affiliate reports: The military is telling Washington, D.C., residents not to panic this evening if they see an armored personnel carrier rolling through their neighborhood. According to an Army spokesperson, Bradley armored personnel carriers being stored at a Southeast rail yard will be moved to the National Mall in preparation for President Donald Trump’s “Salute to America” …

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Trump Uses Paid Stock Models In Endorsement Ads

The Associated Press reports: A series of Facebook video ads for President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign shows what appears to be a young woman strolling on a beach in Florida, a Hispanic man on a city street in Texas and a bearded hipster in a coffee shop in Washington, D.C., all making glowing, voice-over endorsements of the president. “I could …

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Trump Schedules Rally On Day Of Mueller’s Testimony

Mediaite reports: Since July 17 promises to be Mueller-palooza in Washington, D.C., President Donald Trump‘s re-election team has decided to take Trump on the road that day and make some news of its own at a campaign rally in Greenville, N.C. The Trump campaign’s latest 2020 rally for supporters will be held on the same day that Special Counsel Robert …

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Trump Claims He’s Not Giving Up On Census Question

Politico reports: President Donald Trump expressed frustration Tuesday night that the 2020 census will not include a citizenship question, adding that his administration is not giving up on the fight. The Commerce Department confirmed earlier Tuesday that the Census Bureau would not ask about citizenship, which Trump had pushed to be included on the 2020 count. Legal experts have argued …

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National Park Service Diverts $2.5M In Improvement Funds To Pay For Trump’s DC Ego Rally On 4th Of July

The Washington Post reports: The National Park Service is diverting nearly $2.5 million in entrance and recreation fees primarily intended to improve parks across the country to cover costs associated with President Trump’s Independence Day celebration Thursday on the Mall, according to two individuals familiar with the arrangement. Trump administration officials have consistently refused to say how much taxpayers will …

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MSNBC Won’t Carry Trump’s Hijacking Of DC’s Fourth

Politico reports: President Donald Trump’s controversial takeover of the Fourth of July celebration at the National Mall won’t completely take over the cable airwaves. MSNBC, for one, doesn’t plan to carry his “Salute to America” live, though the network will assess in real-time whether to air clips of the event, a spokesperson told POLITICO. Fox News is planning to cover …

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New Presidential Helicopter To Join DC Fourth Flyover

McClatchy reports: The next generation “Marine One” presidential helicopter will make its first public flight at President Donald Trump’s July 4 event, two U.S. officials confirmed to McClatchy. The helicopter is not in official use yet. It is being produced by a team from Lockheed Martin and Sikorsky. In the last few months the helicopter has flown test flights around …

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Another Major Coal Producer Declares Bankruptcy

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports: One of the nation’s largest coal producers with mines in Eastern Kentucky filed for bankruptcy protection Monday, making it the second large coal company to do so in the past two weeks. Revelation Energy LLC., and its affiliate Blackjewel LLC., West Virginia-based companies that employ about 1,100 people in their Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia mines, …

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Proud Boys, Other Extremists To Rally In DC For Trump

The Daily Beast reports: Washington, D.C.’s Fourth of July week will go from a sweaty fete of fireworks, security checkpoints, tanks, and sunscreen to what is shaping up to be a protest-fest, featuring some of the pro-Trump right’s most extreme groups two days after the Donald Trump-centric festivities. The Proud Boys—self-described “Western chauvinists” who adhere to a dizzying array of …

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