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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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‘Disease fanboy’: Internet slams NBC conservative for ‘rooting for pandemic’ to distract from Trump impeachment trial

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Hugh Hewitt is once again under fire, this time for almost appearing to be glad a deadly SARS-related virus has been diagnosed in a patient in Washington state – saying additional diagnoses will take the focus away from the Senate's historic impeachment trial. Hewitt is a conservative Washington Post columnist, radio host, MSNBC and NBC contributor, and law professor who went from being a "Never-Trumper" to all-in for President Donald Trump.

"People care much more for their health than theater," said Hewitt via Twitter, referring to Trump's impeachment trial. The SARS-related virus, known as the Wuhan coronavirus, is named for an area of China where it was first found. It "has infected more than 300 people and killed six in an outbreak that has struck China, Thailand, South Korea, Japan and now the US," CNN reports.

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Trump pushed for a sweetheart tax deal on his first hotel — it’s cost NYC $410,068,399 and counting

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In 1975, New York City was run-down and on the verge of bankruptcy. Twenty-nine-year-old Donald Trump saw an opportunity. He wanted to acquire and redevelop the dilapidated Commodore Hotel in midtown Manhattan next to Grand Central Terminal.

Trump had bragged to the executive controlling the sale that he could use his political connections to get tax breaks for the deal.

The executive was skeptical. But the next day, the executive was invited into Trump’s limousine, which ushered him to City Hall. There, he met with Donald’s father Fred and Mayor Abe Beame, to whom the Trumps had given lavishly.

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Mitch McConnell’s impeachment rules pass by 53-47 vote — here’s what happens next in Trump’s senate trial

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The US Senate voted along party lines on Tuesday to set the rules for President Donald Trump's historic impeachment trial.

By a 53 to 47 vote, the Republican-controlled Senate approved an "organizing resolution" for the trial proposed by Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Before approving the rules, the Senate voted down several amendments proposed by Democrats seeking to subpoena witnesses and documents from the White House and State Department.

These are the next phases in Trump's impeachment trial, just the third of a president in US history:

- Opening arguments -

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