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GOP voters — especially Trump supporters — think racism hurts whites more than minorities

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A new polling analysis reveals an important detail of why establishment Republicans aren’t able to stop Donald Trump’s identity-based appeals to white voters: They represent the GOP’s actual voting base.

This month a Washington Post/ABC News poll asked: “Which of these do you think is a bigger problem in this country — blacks and Hispanics losing out because of preferences for whites, or whites losing out because of preferences for blacks and Hispanics?”

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In the poll overall, 40 percent of Americans said that blacks and Hispanics lose out to whites, compared to only 28 percent who said whites are losing out to those minorities.

But beyond that, Greg Sargent at The Washington Post dug in further to find that among Republicans, 45 percent say whites are getting the bad end of the deal, against only 19 percent who say blacks and Hispanics are losing out to whites.

And among Trump supporters, it gets worse — a whopping 54 percent say whites are losing.

To be clear, there is a chicken-and-egg problem here: Is Trump encouraging this idea among his supporters, or were whites who already thought this way a natural constituency that got drawn to Trump?

But as Sargent concludes: “as long as Trump has an incentive to stick to his white-backlash strategy, it is that much more likely that he will keep up with the wretched antics that risk driving minorities and young voters further away from the GOP.”

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These corporations are spending the most to undo our democracy — thanks to Citizens United

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It has now been exactly 10 years since the U.S. Supreme Court opened the floodgates for special-interest political advertising in its Citizens United ruling. To mark the occasion, the Center for Responsive Politics has published an excellent report detailing how political spending has changed over the last decade.

One significant finding is that, although Citizens United overturned the prohibition on independent political expenditures by corporations, most companies have not taken advantage of that new right directly. The biggest surges in spending have come from wealthy individuals and from Super PACs.

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‘Erratic, reckless, impulsive and destructive’: Group of psychiatrists urge a evaluation of Trump as he poses ‘a maximum danger’

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A Yale psychiatrist leads a group of medical professionals who have called on Congress to demand that President Donald Trump undergo a mental health evaluation after he ordered a drone strike that killed top Iranian military official Qassem Soleimani.

Bandy X. Lee, a forensic psychiatrist at the Yale School of Medicine who has consulted widely with state and international governments on a public health approach to violence prevention in communities and in prisons, told Salon that Congress should convene a panel of mental health experts to determine Trump's fitness for office. Lee serves as the president of the World Mental Health Coalition, which issued a statement formally calling on Congress to convene a panel of mental health experts to assess Trump's fitness.

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Michael Avenatti says he has El Chapo’s former jail cell — which the drug dealer described as ‘torture’: report

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Attorney Michael Avenatti, the colorful attorney who came to prominence representing Stormy Daniels against Donald Trump, is unhappy with his jail conditions.

On Monday, his attorney wrote to the federal judge overseeing his trial to complain about the jail conditions Avenatti is experiencing during pre-trial detention.

Scott Srebnick, Avenatti's attorney, wrote to Judge Paul Gardephe to complain about the "notorious 10-South" section of the Metropolitan Correctional Center, where he is being held in the Special Housing Unit.

"He is in a cell reportedly once occupied by El Chapo, on a floor that houses individuals charged with terrorism offenses," Avenatti's attorney wrote.

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