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Lindsey Graham: Trump has scared away voters — but he still has a chance to redeem himself

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South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham said Thursday morning on CNN that he believes his party’s nominee, Donald Trump, will lose the general election because he has frightened away voters.

Graham, a U.S. senator, criticized Trump for refusing to back party heavy hitters Paul Ryan and John McCain in their reelection bids, and said Trump’s erratic behavior has cast doubts on his ability to lead.

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“I’ve said all along he can’t take criticism,” Graham said of Trump. “If you really want to be president of the United States, this is the best chance you’ll ever get, Mr. Trump. You’re running against somebody most people don’t want to vote for, they don’t trust, they don’t like. And the reason you’re doing so poorly is that you’ve scared people. They don’t think you have the temperament, the judgment for the job. Prove them wrong.”

Graham has been a critic of Trump since the beginning of his candidacy, most recently blasting Trump’s attacks on the family of Army Capt. Humayun Khan, a Muslim American soldier who died in the line of duty. Khan’s family has been outspoken against Trump.

Graham criticized Trump for not focusing on his opponent, Hillary Clinton, and instead attacking the Khans and members of his own party.

“Your opponent right now, Mr. Trump, is yourself,” Graham said, adding he doesn’t believe Trump understands foreign policy.

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Graham also reiterated Trump’s accusation that Clinton initiated the payment of $400 million to Iran in exchange for releasing American hostages. The Associated Press has fact checked this claim, concluding the payment was the result of a January 17 settlement stemming from decades of litigation over the purchase of military equipment from the United States in the late 1970s that was never delivered.

The litigation long preceded both Clinton’s and Obama’s tenures in office.

Watch the interview, as posted to Twitter by CNN, here:

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Trump approves of North Korea missile tests: ‘I have no problem’ because they’re just ‘short-range missiles’

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On Thursday, in conversation with reporters, President Donald Trump said that he had 'no problem' with North Korea's new round of missile tests.

"Short-range missiles, we never made an agreement on that," said Trump. "I have no problem, we'll see what happens, but these are short-range missiles. They're very standard."

The thought that short-range missiles would still be capable of hitting our allies in the region, like South Korea and Japan, does not seem to have occurred to him.

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Trump says he has "no problem" with North Korea testing missiles because they are just "short-range missiles" that are "very standard." pic.twitter.com/fdKtQ6yrBE

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Russian Twitter propaganda predicted 2016 US election polls

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When Robert Mueller completed his long-awaited investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, he left many questions unanswered.

But one conclusion was unequivocal: Russia unleashed an extensive campaign of fake news and disinformation on social media with the aim of distorting U.S. public opinion, sowing discord and swinging the election in favor of the Republican candidate Donald Trump.

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Beto O’Rourke calls for a ‘war tax’ in release of health care plan for veterans

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The Democratic presidential candidate uses his eighth policy announcement to focus on an area that he prioritized in Congress.

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke on Monday morning released a plan to improve the lives of veterans, returning to an area of priority during his time in the U.S. House for his latest 2020 policy rollout.

In keeping with measures he supported in Congress, the plan calls for a "responsible end" to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — reinvesting $1 out of every $2 saved in veterans programs — and the creation of a Veterans Health Care Trust Fund for each future war. The fund would be paid for by a "war tax" on households without service members or veterans.

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