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Arnold Schwarzenegger to take over for Donald Trump on Celebrity Apprentice

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“You’re terminated”? “You won’t be back”? “Hasta la vista, job seeker”?

Arnold Schwarzenegger is to replace Donald Trump as the host of the NBC reality show Celebrity Apprentice, the network has announced.

One is an actor turned politician turned actor again; the other is a real estate mogul turned reality TV star who is currently polling in first place for the Republican presidential nomination.

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“Arnold Schwarzenegger is the epitome of a global brand in entertainment and business, and his accomplishments in the political arena speak for themselves,” NBC said in a statement on Monday.

Schwarzenegger, star of such films as The Terminator and True Lies, served as California governor from 2003 to 2011. Since leaving office, he has returned to acting, most recently in Terminator Genisys .

The network cited Schwarzenegger’s “personal passion for the format” in helping producer Mark Burnett choose him to take over from Trump. “The Celebrity apprentice … will be back!” it said.

NBC dropped Trump in the early days of the billionaire’s quest for nomination over comments he made describing some Mexican migrants as criminals and rapists.

“At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values,” a spokesperson for the network said at the time. “Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr Trump.”

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The new series of Celebrity Apprentice is expected to air in 2016.

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Susan Collins had a 67% approval rating when Trump first took office — it’s collapsed to just 36% today

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Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, trails leading Democratic challenger Sara Gideon by four points in her re-election race as her support continues to sag.

Gideon, the speaker of the Maine House of Representatives, leads Collins 46-42 in a new Public Policy Polling survey, which sampled more than 1,000 Maine voters and has a margin of error of 3.1%.

Gideon held a similar four-point lead in a PPP poll in March and edged out Collins by a single point in a Colby College poll from February, meaning this is the third straight poll to show Collins behind. She led the race by 16 points when it was first polled in June 2019.

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Justin Trudeau is snubbing Trump for his NAFTA 2.0 celebration — here’s why

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will not be joining President Donald Trump this week to celebrate the new version of NAFTA.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador will meet at the White House on Wednesday to "recognize the historic United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) that entered into force on July 1, 2020, and their shared effort to ensure North America continues strengthening its economic ties while working to combat the coronavirus pandemic," according to a statement from the Trump administration.

But despite hopes that the Canadian leader would attend, Trudeau will not be coming to the United States.

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Trump can’t think past his own ego and can’t see the ‘utter disaster’ American has become

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Presidents become known for their words. Particular phrases seep into public memory and create the signposts of their legacy. George H. W. Bush was marked, for example, by the phrase "read my lips: no new taxes," perhaps more for the wonky way he said it than for the fact that he didn't deliver. Richard Nixon famously liked to repeat "let me make one thing perfectly clear," a phrase that hangs heavily given the irony of its source.

Sometimes these phrases are ominous. Lyndon B. Johnson's legacy is haunted by the time he uttered "we still seek no wider war," shortly before escalating the conflict in Vietnam. George W. Bush's administration left us with many disturbing phrases, including "extraordinary rendition," which Salman Rushdie described as an "ugly phrase that conceals an uglier truth."

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