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Trump admits that bringing up his past infidelity would be fair game — then ignores it

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump conceded on Tuesday that it would be fair for the press to bring up the infidelity that ended his first marriage during his presidential campaign, CNN reported.

“You’ve gone after former president Bill Clinton for his infidelity,” a reporter asked during a press conference in Lincoln, Nebraska. “Are your own personal indiscretions fair game in this campaign?”

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“Yes, they would be,” Trump said. But instead of elaborating or allowing for a follow-up question, Trump returned to his now-familiar tactic of accusing Democrat Hillary Clinton of trying to paint him as a sexist.

“All I did was reverse it on her because she’s got a major problem, happens to be right in her house,” the real estate magnate said. “So, if she wants to do that, we’re going to go right after the president, the ex-president. We’ll see how it all comes out, and I feel very confident that it’ll come out very well for us.”

Trump did not mention that he entered into an affair with actress Marla Maples in 1990, while he was married to Ivana Trump. Maples married the mogul in 1993, and had one daughter with him, Tiffany Trump. People magazine reported that the younger Trump has been seen supporting his campaign.

The candidate’s remarks came after criticism for involving Bill Clinton and his affair with Monica Lewinsky during his presidency to attack the former Secretary of State.

“If Trump wants to set aside policy ideas, public behavior, and advocacy work in favor of judging a man’s respect towards women strictly by his failures as a husband, well, he still loses that battle,” political writer Amanda Marcotte argued in Salon. “Clinton had affairs that his marriage survived. Trump blew up his first marriage to marry his much-younger mistress.”

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Watch Trump’s remarks, as aired on Tuesday, below.


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‘Meanest and most disrespectful’ senator: Trump lashes out at Kamala Harris in latest presser

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At Tuesday's White House press conference, President Donald Trump spent a considerable portion of the time attacking Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), who was just announced to be former Vice President Joe Biden's running mate.

Harris, complained Trump, was the "meanest and most disrespectful person in the U.S. Senate." He particularly dwelled on her sharp interrogation of Brett Kavanaugh during his Supreme Court hearings.

Trump also added that she "lied" about a number of issues, claimed repeatedly she wants to raise taxes, said she is for "open borders and sanctuary cities ... which is also protecting a large number of criminals," and that she would destroy the Second Amendment.

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California bill to establish nation’s second public bank applauded as ‘historic challenge to Wall Street domination’

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"If California is serious about addressing racial and income inequities, we must create a banking system that centers people not profits."

In a move advocacy groups celebrated as a "historic challenge to Wall Street domination of municipal finances," a pair of California state lawmakers on Thursday unveiled legislation that would establish the nation's second publicly-owned bank and empower the institution to lend to businesses and local governments fighting to stay afloat amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Over 1,000 flights have been cancelled, schools shut and residents urged not to leave Beijing, as Chinese authorities race to contain a fresh outbreak linked to the capital's largest wholesale food market.

The number of confirmed cases in the capital has shot up to 137 within the last week after two months of no cases, and four other provinces have revealed cases linked to the Beijing cluster.

How did the outbreak begin, and what measures are Beijing taking to contain it?

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Beijing had turned into a virtual fortress at the height of the pandemic, with people arriving from other regions or countries required to undergo quarantines.

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