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New Jersey Gov. Christie calls teachers union ‘political thugs’

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New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie had harsh words for the state’s largest teacher’s union on Wednesday.

In an interview Wednesday night, the governor told ABC’s World News host Diane Sawyer that New Jersey teachers were wonderful public servants but that the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) was a “group of political thugs.”

“Governor Christie’s name-calling is a tired attempt to draw attention away from the fact that he chose to cut taxes for millionaires, rather than fund the state’s public schools,” NJEA President Barbara Keshishian responded in a statement.

Christie blamed the union for the 10,000 teachers and school staff who he laid off, claiming they should have accepted a salary freeze he proposed.

“They should have taken the salary freeze,” he said. “They didn’t and now, you know, we had to lay teachers off.”

Christie also said he plans to reform teachers’ tenure program to make it easier to remove teachers from tenure if they’re found to be ineffective. The governor has already cut pension benefits for teachers and proposed they pay for more of their health care.

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“Once again, Christie is resorting to name-calling because he’s ducking responsibility for his own misguided priorities,” Keshishian said. “His cuts to education were so deep – and so harmful to the futures of New Jersey’s students – that a state judge found they failed to meet the requirements of the state constitution. The state Supreme Court is now poised to rule on their constitutionality.”

Christie told Sawyer he didn’t think the Supreme Court should be able to rule on the issue.

“It seems to me under the constitution that that’s what you elect a governor and a legislature for,” he said. “But we’ll see what happens.”

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Trump thinks he can create his own healthcare law that will take the issue off the table for Democrats

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One of the significant issues Republicans lost on in 2018 was their nearly decade-long crusade to unmake the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.

This week Trump will announce that he's running for president again, and he promises a surprise announcement while there. While it's unclear what he intends for the surprise, one thing he is talking about is a better healthcare law than the Democratic one.

According to The New York Times, Trump is "vowing to issue the plan within a month or two, reviving a campaign promise with broad consequences for next year’s contest."

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Donald Trump whines: ‘My life has always been a fight’

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The full interview with President Donald Trump finally aired on ABC Sunday, revealing the shocking way that he views his life.

Trump lamented that he's had such a hard life, as the son of multi-millionaires who paid to get him out of trouble multiple times.

"You're a fighter. You, you, it feels like you're in a constant kind of churn--" host George Stephanopoulos began.

"Yeah, uh, my life has always been a fight," Trump said. "And I enjoy that I guess, I don't know if I enjoy it or not, I guess -- sometimes I have false fights like the Russian witch hunt. That's a false fight. That's a made-up, uh, hoax. And I had to fight that."

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The right-wing scored more in years of Trump than eight years of George W. Bush: report

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President George W. Bush oversaw eight years that restricted rights, banned LGBTQ equality, appointed anti-choice judges and so much more. But under Donald Trump's presidency, social conservatives have managed to roll back any progress made by President Barack Obama's leadership.

A new Axios report listed out any anti-LGBTQ, anti-women and anti-poor policies.

“He campaigned saying that he would be a good friend to LGBT people,” James Esseks, director of the ACLU’s LGBT and HIV Project, told VOX. "Actions speak far louder than words. And what he's done has been a wreck."

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