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Trump ditches fellow GOP candidates to negotiate separate debate deal with networks

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Donald Trump will not join his fellow Republican presidential candidates, and will instead negotiate his own deals with television networks concerning future debates, the Washington Post reported.

The real estate mogul’s decision came a day after officials representing 11 GOP campaigns put together a letter on Sunday to be sent to network hosts. According to the Post, two of his senior aides attended the meeting, but came away unconvinced that any agreement would offer him “the most possible airtime” during future events.

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Barry Bennett, the campaign manager for Trump’s rival Ben Carson, downplayed any differences between the two camps, saying that Carson and Trump’s teams agree “90 percent of the time,” but that Trump is against allowing more candidates to be part of the party’s primetime debates.

“They don’t want more people onstage, because they think that would mean more people taking shots at him,” Bennett said. “I’d argue that putting more people onstage actually helps Trump the most, as everyone’s going to want to divide the time evenly.”

Politico reported late last week that Carson and Trump’s campaigns were among those who pushed for the meeting, along with advisors for Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).

Faced with the prospect of losing control of the debates, the Republican National Committee announced on Sunday that it would appoint someone to work with both the campaigns and networks.

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Trump’s longshot bid to win New Mexico has political leaders baffled: ‘He’s a batsh*t racist’

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Despite losing New Mexico by eight points in the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump and his campaign manager Brad Pascale are making big plans to win the state in 2020 -- and that has political observers baffled.

With Trump appearing in New Mexico on Monday night, Politico reports the president has his work cut out for him in a state that saw the GOP lose the governorship and one House seat in 2018.

"The Land of Enchantment has voted for a Republican presidential candidate only once since 1992. With a considerable nonwhite voter population and all-Democratic congressional delegation, it’s not exactly fertile ground for a surprise GOP victory," the report notes before adding that Parscale feels they can make inroads this go-around.

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Oil prices soar more than 10% after Saudi plant attacks

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Oil prices surged more than 10 percent Monday after attacks on two Saudi Arabian plants that slashed output in the world's top producer by half, with Donald Trump blaming Iran and raising the possibility of a military strike on the country.

West Texas Intermediate jumped 10.68 percent to $60.71 and Brent climbed 11.77 percent to $67.31 in early Asia trading following the blasts at facilities run by state-owned giant Aramco.

The attack by Tehran-backed Huthi rebels in neighbouring Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition is bogged down in a five-year war, effectively shut down six percent of the global oil supply.

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Most top Democratic presidential candidates demand Kavanaugh’s impeachment – but not all

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Most of the top Democratic presidential candidates are issuing calls demanding U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh be impeached, after new allegations of sexual misconduct in a bombshell New York Times report late Saturday night. Most of the candidates, but not all.

Julián Castro, Saturday night at 11:25 PM:

It’s more clear than ever that Brett Kavanaugh lied under oath. He should be impeached.

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