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Republicans united only in opposition to Obama and Democrats: poll

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The main factor uniting Republican-leaning voters today is fierce opposition to President Obama and Congressional Democrats — but less than half believe their own party is moving in the “right direction,” a new Washington Post survey finds.

Roughly three in four of the conservatives polled said Obama doesn’t stand for “traditional American values,” and nearly half said they’re “angry” about his policies. Almost none were satisfied.

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At the same time, roughly four out of 10 GOP voters hold a negative view of Republicans in Congress, complaining that they’re disengaged from values and personal problems of regular Americans. Nearly a third say Republicans are not living up to their core ideals.

While pundits predict Republican gains in the approaching 2010 midterm elections, the Post survey revealed a deep fissure among the GOP constituency as to who the party’s leader is — almost three in ten had no answer to that question.

Ranked highest was former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, fresh off a recent media blitz promoting her new memoir “Going Rogue,” but even she garnered less than 20 percent support among conservatives polled.

This may bode ill for the GOP as fewer than 30 percent of mainstream American voters think she’s qualified to be president, a recent CNN poll found.

A meager one percent of those polled said former President George W. Bush best embodied the party’s core values; 70 percent blame him in part for the GOP’s current problems.

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Reflecting this schism is the recent NY-23 Congressional race, where internal disputes led to prominent Republicans endorsing a third-party candidate over the GOP nominee, ultimately leading to a Democratic victory in a solidly Republican district.

Among the matters of contention among prominent GOP insiders is how much emphasis to put on major issues like health care and financial reform as opposed to hot-button social issues like same-sex marriage and abortion.


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Trump can’t attack Kamala Harris without contradicting his own message: Bakari Sellers

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On Tuesday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," former South Carolina lawmaker Bakari Sellers broke down why Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) poses such a challenge for President Donald Trump.

"What we're seeing with the two parties is the narrow focus is going to be on the fact that Donald Trump and the Trump campaign have no way, and they do not know how to deal, with Kamala Harris," said Sellers. "It very difficult to say 'Kamala is a cop' and be a 'law and order president.' Those two things simply do not mesh. Not only ahistorical and inaccurate, but the messages, they collide."

"But second, it shows that the Republican Party and Democratic Party are going in two vastly different directions," continued Sellers. "The country is becoming more diverse, the country is becoming more brown. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris represent the demographics of what the country will be, and Donald Trump and Steven Miller and Mike Pence represent a day that's passed. So what I would say tonight is while Donald Trump and Mike Pence want to cheer on the Confederacy, we're trying to re-imagine what this country will look like. It goes back to a time where Americans can feel good about being first and about thinking about what our country can be: full of hope and faith."

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WATCH: Tucker Carlson flips out after guest teaches him how to pronounce ‘Kamala Harris’

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Fox News personality Tucker Carlson repeated mispronounced the first name of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), who is Joe Biden's running mate.

"On Fox, Tucker Carlson keeps calling her KAM-uh-luh, which is not how it's pronounced," Washington Post reporter Dave Weigel noted.

He linked to a tweet with a picture of Harris explaining in her memoir how to pronounce her name.

Harris wrote, "my name is pronounced 'comma-la' like the punctuation mark. It means 'lotus flower,' which is a symbol of significance in Indian culture. A lotus grows underwater, its flower rising above the surface while its roots are planted firmly in the river bottom."

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Bishop falsely claims Joe Biden is not a Catholic — and it doesn’t go well for him

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On Tuesday, Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, Rhode Island attacked former Vice President Joe Biden's faith, claiming that he is not really a Catholic.

Biden-Harris. First time in awhile that the Democratic ticket hasn’t had a Catholic on it. Sad.

— Bishop Thomas Tobin (@ThomasJTobin1) August 11, 2020

Biden is a lifelong, practicing Catholic, and he was also on the 2012 ticket, so Tobin's claim doesn't make any sense. But Tobin is an extreme right-wing firebrand with a history of politicizing the church — in 2007 he denied communion to former Rep. Patrick Kennedy for his pro-choice views, and in 2019 he called Gay Pride events "harmful for children" and demanded Catholics not attend them.

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