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Respected news icon Dan Rather just annihilated Donald Trump on Facebook

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The legendary newsman, Dan Rather,  took to Facebook on Wednesday to rally members of the press corps to continue to hold Donald Trump accountable. Describing his reaction to Trump’s Tuesday news conference, in which Trump launched an attack  on the press in order to avoid answering questions about his disputed claims regarding how much money he had donated to veterans’ organizations, Rather said that he “felt a shudder down my spine.”

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“This is a dirty, nasty election. And it is only going to get worse. The reporters in the trenches need no lecture from me. They are walking through daily minefields, bracing themselves against winds of discontent whose effects no one can predict,” Rather wrote.

Dan Rather is familiar with how nasty elections can get. During the 1968 Democratic Convention, when the cops were rioting in the streets and Mayor Daley had declared war on antiwar protesters, Rather continued to work the floor, trying to ask questions of delegates and politicians. He got punched in the stomach on national television for his troubles.

Rather argues that today’s reporters are facing the kind of bipartisan accusations of press bias that has been the hallmark of American politics for decades, but, he cautions, there is an air of “violence” around Donald Trump that he understands can be intimidating to individual members of the press who find themselves singled out as Trump’s targets.

Rather reminds reporters that the “pen is still mightier than the sword,” and urges the press to remember that as they keep Trump the bully not to “back up, back down, back away or turn around” when faced with Trump’s efforts to intimidate them.

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Things are so bad for Republicans the GOP had to send money to Texas

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In 2016, then-anti-Trump Republican Sen. Linsey Graham proclaimed, "If we nominate Trump, we will get destroyed.......and we will deserve it." It seems his prediction is coming closer to fruition.

Financial reporting reveals that the Republican Party was forced to send $1.3 million to ruby-red Texas as the election nears.

It was something spotted by ProPublica developer and ex-reporter Derek Willis Sunday.

"That's never happened before," he tweeted.

He noted that the Texas GOP raised $3.3 million in August, but nearly half of that came from their national parents.

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What the London ‘Blitz’ reveals about how much pain and tragedy people can handle in 2020

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It's hard to imagine how 2020 could possibly get worse. "If we lose Betty White," a friend said on a drive to the Supreme Court to lay flowers.

So many Americans have lost friends or family members to COVID-19. Thousands of Americans survived the virus only to desperately needed organ transplants and forever will struggle to breathe the way they once did. Others are still suffering without smell or taste even three months after having the virus. Millions of Americans are out of work. Debt is stacking up for those trying to survive in the COVID economy. A lack of health insurance can mean hospitalizations from the virus are putting people into bankruptcy.

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Stop trying to convince people you’re right — it will never persuade anyone: expert

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MSNBC host Joshua Johnson noted that this year has been full of strife, with Americans having a lot to stand up about. Whether the slaying of unarmed Black men and police brutality, or healthcare, and the coronavirus, Americans are lining up to protest.

Johnson asked if people try to start tough conversations, how do they keep it productive, and when it's time to give up. In her book, We Need to Talk, Celest Headlee explains tools that people can use to have productive conversations about tough issues that help move the needle.

"Keep in mind that a protest isn't a conversation, right?" she first began. "That's a different kind of communication. The first thing is that our goal in conversations is not always a productive one. In other words, oftentimes, we go into these conversations hoping to change somebody's mind or convince them that they are wrong. You're just never going to accomplish that. There's no evidence. We haven't been able to -- through years and years of research we haven't been able to find evidence that over a conversation somebody said, 'You're right, I was completely wrong.' You've convinced me. So, we have to stop trying to do that. We have to find a new purpose for those conversations."

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