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Jeb Bush: Looming victories ‘not a validation’ of GOP

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Republicans are set to win big in Tuesday’s midterm elections but one influential Republican is telling his party not to mistake victory for approval.

“The looming victories for Republican candidates next Tuesday is not a validation of the Republican Party at all,” former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) said in an interview with The New York Times.

Big wins would reflect “a repudiation of the massive overreach” by the Democrats and “disgust by the political class,” he said.

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“It could create a middle ground,” the former governor told The Times. “Or it could create a dismemberment of our political parties.”

That middle ground may be elusive if some Republican leaders have their way.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told National Journal last week that the primary Republican goal is to make sure President Barack Obama only serves one term.

“The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president,” McConnell said.

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But former Gov. Jeb Bush disagrees. He says Republicans must be clear that improving the economy and unemployment is their highest priority.

“In particular, he advised Republicans to seek common ground with Mr. Obama and Democrats on trade and energy policy,” The Times reported.

Bush believes it’s possible that an independent candidate may have the best chance at a presidential win since Ross Perot’s 1992 campaign.

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“We should maybe try to reset the political climate in Washington” just as Obama had “hit the reset button” on foreign relations, Bush said.

Correction: The original version of this article reported that Bush wanted Obama to “hit the reset button” on foreign policy when, in fact, Bush said Obama had already “hit the reset button.”

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Erdogan threatens to restart Syria operation after Trump insists Turkey ‘very much wants the ceasefire’

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Scattered fighting flared in northern Syria on Friday despite a ceasefire deal as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned he would resume a full-scale operation against Kurdish forces if they do not withdraw from a border "safe zone."

US President Donald Trump said Erdogan told him there had been "minor sniper and mortar fire" in the region "that was quickly eliminated" and the Turkish leader assured him in a call that "he very much wants the ceasefire, or pause, to work."

Mustefa Bali, a spokesman for the Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), accused Turkey, however, of violating the ceasefire deal reached during a visit to Ankara on Thursday by US Vice President Mike Pence.

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Bizarre Trump fan has dreamed of sitting on president’s gold toilet since she was a child

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An event held at the Trump International Hotel Washington, D.C. earlier this year featured a group of fanatical Trump supporters, including one who said she has dreamed for years of sitting on the president's gold toilet.

As the Washington Post reports, a June 22nd gala at Trump's D.C. hotel thrown by the organization Virginia Women for Trump to celebrate the president's birthday included a talk delivered by a woman named Lucretia Hughes, who said she has been fascinated by Trump ever since seeing a "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" that showed off a solid-gold toilet in his home.

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Trump blurts out a startling statement: ‘We’ve taken control of the oil in the Middle East’

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President Donald Trump made a startling statement Friday afternoon while boasting about how he believes he handled his widely-condemned withdrawal of U.S. troops from Northern Syria – a move that had opened the gate to ethnic cleansing of America’s now-former allies, the Kurds.

“We’ve taken control of the oil in the Middle East, the oil that we’re talking about, the oil that everybody was worried about. We have the U.S. control of that,” Trump said, minutes after concluding a talk with the first two women astronauts to participate in an all-women spacewalk.

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