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Ted Cruz ‘incredulous’ as Mike Huckabee aide blocks him from media at Kim Davis rally

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Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) attempt to show support for Rowan County, Kentucky clerk Kim Davis on Tuesday was foiled by fellow Republican Mike Huckabee’s campaign team, the New York Times reported.

The Texas Tea Party member was seen at a rally backing Davis in Grayson, where Davis was jailed after refusing orders from a federal court and the Supreme Court to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. However, when Cruz tried to talk to the media after Davis’ release, the Times noted that “an aide to Mr. Huckabee blocked the path of Mr. Cruz, who appeared incredulous.”

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Huckabee, who like Cruz is part of the Republican presidential candidate field, was then seen alongside Davis and spoke on her behalf.

“Meanwhile, Mr. Cruz stood off to the side, keeping an unusually low profile during the event,” the Times noted.

Buzzfeed’s Chris Geidner later posted a picture of what he called a “very sad Ted Cruz” watching the event:

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According to Real Clear Politics, Cruz has won the support of 6.5 percent of GOP voters, with Huckabee two percentage points behind him.

Update: MSNBC host Rachel Maddow showed footage of the encounter, which can be seen below.

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‘Modern piracy’: Germany accuses Trump of stealing N95 masks it ordered from factory in China

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The German government is accusing the U.S. government of stealing N95 masks that it had ordered from a factory based in China that's run by American company 3M.

The Guardian reports that the German government claims that "200,000 N95 masks made by the manufacturer 3M were diverted to the U.S. as they were being transferred between planes in Thailand."

Andreas Geisel, the interior minister for Berlin state, said that the American seizure of masks that were set to go to Germany was "an act of modern piracy" and warned that continuing to take such actions could create chaos across the globe.

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Trump busted by own officials for lying about forcing GM to make desperately-needed ventilators as people die

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According to a report by USA Today, Donald Trump was not telling the truth when he told the American public that he was forcing General Motors to start manufacturing desperately needed ventilators to save the lives of Americans with severe COVID-19 symptoms.

The report notes that one week ago, the president stated that he would use the powers contained in the Defense Production Act to compel the automaker to start retooling and make the medical devices, however three sources within his own administration, speaking on the condition of anonymity said that "the government is still exploring its options and has not yet placed an order under the Defense Production Act for any of the machines."

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Trump denies there’s a ‘massive recession’ as 10 million or more people lose jobs

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During a Coronavirus Task Force briefing late Thursday following news that 10 million Americans filed jobless claims over just a two-week period last month, President Donald Trump downplayed the intensifying economic downturn as “an artificial closing” and insisted that businesses like restaurants will be “bigger and better” than before once the COVID-19 crisis subsides.

“It’s not like we have a massive recession or worse. It’s artificial because we turned it off,” Trump said, drawing a distinction that makes no difference to those who have lost their jobs—as well as employer-provided health insurance—or seen their hours drastically cut due to the crisis.

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