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Despite sinking polls and fleeing staff, Gingrich clings to 2012 campaign

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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is back on the campaign trail as of last weekend, clinging to his candidacy despite having no staff and a lack of widespread public support.

At a speech to the Republican Jewish Coalition in Los Angeles Sunday night, a reporter asked Gingrich if he still saw himself as a viable candidate.

“Go ask the voters,” Gingrich responded.

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The voters, it seems, do not see Gingrich as their 2012 choice. A new Gallup poll released Monday showed that Gingrich has declined in support among likely Republican voters in the past two weeks, going from 9 percent support in late May, to just 5 percent support in a poll conducted this weekend, far trailing poll leader Mitt Romney’s 24 percent base of support.

Adding to the polling blow is the departure last week of Gingrich’s top campaign aides, as well as personnel in early caucus states such as New Hampshire. There have been no confirmed hirings to head the former Georgia congressman’s presidential campaign. A rumor circulated late Sunday night that Republican strategist Frank Luntz, who worked with Gingrich in developing the Speaker’s famed “Contract with America,” would lead the campaign, but a Gingrich spokesperson quickly denied it.

The one-two punch of poll numbers and current lack of senior staff won’t deter Gingrich, his lesbian half-sister Candace Gingrich-Jones told the Huffington Post.

Once a critic of her half-brother, Gingrich-Jones, who works for LGBT activist organization Human Rights Campaign, is now being trotted into a media spotlight to praise him.

“He doesn’t give up that easily,” Gingrich-Jones said. “Just because some staff members weren’t with his strategy isn’t going to make him quit. If anything, I can imagine that strengthening his desire and his resolve to do good.”

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Don’t expect to see Gingrich-Jones shilling for her brother on the campaign trail, either. She intends to support the reelection of President Barack Obama.

“I intend to send a ‘Don’t let the bastards wear you down’ email,” she said of supporting her brother.

Despite meager fundraising, lackluster polling and an absence of campaign staff, Gingrich wrote on his Facebook wall last week, “I am committed to running the substantive, solutions-oriented campaign I set out to run earlier this spring.”

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Trump has ‘routinely gossiped’ that Dr. Fauci was auditioning ‘to get a job at CNN’: report

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On Tuesday, The Daily Beast reported that President Donald Trump is now convinced that Dr. Anthony Fauci is trying to play to the media to get positive attention, or maybe even a job.

"In recent months, Trump has routinely gossiped with close associates and advisers that Fauci is behaving like a member of anti-MAGA 'resistance' commentators," reported Erin Blanco. "In the past few weeks, the president has told multiple people that he believes Fauci is angling to earn the media’s adulation and that it at times appears to him that the famous infectious disease expert is 'audition[ing]' or 'trying to get a job at CNN,' according to two sources with knowledge of his private comments."

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University of Florida students get threatening emails warning them to vote for Trump — or else

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On Tuesday, the Miami Herald reported that University of Florida students are receiving threatening emails with the subject line "Vote for Trump or else!"

"Alachua County officials were made aware of the emails on Tuesday morning. In one of the emails, the sender told a voter to 'vote for Trump on Election Day or we will come after you,' according to a copy obtained by the Miami Herald," reported Ana Ceballos and Carli Teproff. "'Change your party affiliation to Republican to let us know you received our message and will comply,' the email said. 'We will know which candidate you voted for. I would take it seriously if I were you.'"

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Trump may strip supposed ‘anarchist’ cities of federal COVID relief funding: report

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A report uncovered Tuesday night shows federal funding potentially being slashed in sanctuary cities like New York, Portland, Ore., Washington, D.C. and Seattle, Wash.  The areas on the chopping block include coronavirus relief, HIV treatment, newborn screenings, and other programs that regularly help the middle and lower class residents of these states.

In the new documents obtained by Politico, President Donald J. Trump referred to the sanctuary cities as “anarchist jurisdictions."A month earlier in a Sept. 2 order, Trump called on federal agencies to limit funding to jurisdictions that “disempower” police departments and promote “lawlessness" -- a move that stemmed from protests over systemic racism and police violence.

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