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GOP strategist rips Ann Coulter: You’re not really a conservative because you’re backing Trump

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Ann Coulter found her bonafides as a conservative being questioned on Monday as she clashed with a Republican strategist during an MSNBC interview.

“My ideal ticket is Trump/Romney,” Coulter told Liz Mair. “That’s what I’m really hoping for. That’s a dynamite combination.”

“That is the proof right there that you are in no way conservative and no way interested in conservative policy,” Mair shot back.

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The debate began when Mair accused Trump of “defacing” the party, saying that his fiscal and economic policies are comparable to Hillary Clinton’s — and in some cases more liberal.

“It’s all about immigration,” Coulter said in response. “It doesn’t really matter what a Republican’s position is on saving Social Security or how they’re going to reform Medicare. Americans are being outvoted by foreigners, and Americans have been begging their own party to shut it down, to stop this endless immigration for decades now.”

When Republican lawmakers and the media tried to push “amnesty,” she argued, “the American people” stopped them by voicing their disapproval.

“Donald Trump is the first one to actually take America’s side on immigration,” Coulter said. “That’s why he is sweeping the polls.”

“I think that that’s a patently ludicrous notion,” Mair replied. “Most of the time, when we’ve been looking at ‘amnesty fights,’ they’ve actually been shut down by a set of groups that are funded by population-control enthusiast liberal who is actually involved with zero-population growth and the Sierra Club. That’s who’s actually shut it down. It’s not actually in any way advancing the economic interests of the American people. Free-market economists actually agree with that.”

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By contrast, Mair continued, the only people who side with Trump are “hardened liberals” who hew closer to 19th-century unions.

Watch the discussion, as aired on Monday, below.

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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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What is China doing to stop Beijing’s new coronavirus outbreak?

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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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Democrats and Never-Trumpers gaming out ‘doomsday scenarios’ if president refuses to leave office: report

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According to a report in the New York Times, Democratic strategists and Never-Trumper conservatives fear Donald Trump will refuse to leave office should he lose in November and are making plans and figuring out their legal options should such an unprecedented state of affairs come to pass.

The report, by the Times' Reid Epstein, begins with one such possible scenario.

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