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Rep. Darrell Issa’s Trump support could cost him as Dem Marine opponent surges

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Rep. Darrell Issa’s (R-CA) road to an eighth re-election has become rockier with the rise in support for the Democratic Marine Corps veteran challenging him this year, the Orange County Register reported.

After winning by at least 30 percentage points in the 2012 and 2014 primaries, Issa only beat Doug Applegate by 5.7 points in the June primary this year. Under the state’s open primary system, Applegate’s performance enabled him to move on and challenge Issa for his seat representing the state’s 49th congressional district in the general election this November.

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It also boosted the Iraq War veteran’s funding; according to the Register, Applegate raised $128,000 between the announcement of the primary results and the end of June, compared to the $58,000 he raised beforehand. His campaign manager, Robert Dempsey, said Applegate’s budget was “in the neighborhood” of $1 million. Issa’s campaign budget is currently $3.8 million.

“In talking with donors, I was told: ‘If you come within 20 points in the primary, call me back,'” Applegate told KNSD-TV after the primary. “And actually I said, ‘Democrats don’t perform that well in primaries. You are setting a bar that I will never be able to call you back. That’s not fair.'”

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) also took notice of the primary result, conducting polling in the area that it said showed the two candidates tied, prompting it to designate Applegate’s campaign to oust Issa as one of the party’s “emerging races.”

The DCCC survey also showed that 60 percent of respondents in the district had an unfavorable view of the GOP presidential nominee, Donald Trump. Issa has acted as a surrogate for Trump and was a state delegate for him at this year’s Republican National Convention.

“Donald Trump has become our best marketing tool,” Orange County Democratic Party chair Henry Vandermeir said to the Register. “He’s insulted pretty much every constituency in this county, which has helped drive Democratic registration and turnout to new highs.”

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Trump is deploying national guardsman to provide pandemic support without any health benefits: report

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The National Guard are an essential part of the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, and thousands of them have potentially been exposed to infected civilians, making it a particularly dangerous and important time to serve.

But according to The Daily Beast, the guard has been deployed in a way that prevents them from being eligible for the military's health care system.

"The approximately 20,000 guardsmen who have been called up to help states around the country deal with the spread of the coronavirus are federalized on what’s called Title 32 status, which puts them in command of their various state governors but with the federal government paying costs," wrote senior national security correspondent Spencer Ackerman. "But according to the National Guard’s advocates and the U.S. governors’ association, the guardsmen are activated on orders that last 30 days. That puts them one single day shy of the requirement allowing the military health insurance system known as TRICARE — think of it as Medicare For All In Uniform — to cover them."

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Vaccine researchers grew ‘alarmed’ as Trump’s CDC wasted weeks of their time with a flawed coronavirus test: report

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According to a report from the Washington Post, in the early days as health officials became concerned about the possibility of the COVID-19 pandemic blossoming out of China, researchers sat and wasted days they could have used to start developing a vaccine because they were assured by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that a testing kit was on its way.

As it turned out, that test was flawed.

Relying on emails and interviews, the Post is reporting, "On a Jan. 15 conference call, a leading scientist at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention assured local and state public health officials from across the nation that there would soon be a test to detect a mysterious virus spreading from China. Stephen Lindstrom told them the threat was remote and they may not need the test his team was developing 'unless the scope gets much larger than we anticipate,' according to an email summarizing the call."

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Lawmakers need to step up and stop Trump from ‘killing Americans’ with his ‘incompetence’: Ex-prosecutor

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On Saturday, former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner excoriated President Donald Trump's mismanagement of the national health care system on Twitter — and called on elected leaders to "stop letting Trump kill Americans."

Trump’s mixture of incompetence and exploitation for political purposes of our national health emergency is costing lives. The most pressing question at this moment is: at what point do our elected politicians stop letting Trump kill Americans?

— Glenn Kirschner (@glennkirschner2) April 4, 2020

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