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Panicked Trump campaign trying to change conversation from debate debacle to Clinton’s marriage

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Kellyanne Conway was up early spinning furiously for Donald Trump, whom she praised for resisting the temptation to trash his opponent’s marriage onstage during a presidential debate.

Trump’s campaign manager repeated President Barack Obama’s attack from the 2008 campaign, saying Hillary Clinton was willing to “say anything to get elected,” while she praised her boss for refraining from one particular personal attack.

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“I’m glad that he was polite and a gentleman to her, particularly at the end, when he pulled the biggest punch of all,” Conway said.

She said Trump, who threatened to invite former Bill Clinton mistress Gennifer Flowers to sit in the front row of the debate, had decided at the last moment not to attack his Democratic rival over her husband’s infidelities.

“He certainly was prepared to,” Conway said. “It’s a split-second, spontaneous decision. He certainly could have, and it probably was on the minds of millions of voters at home, saying, ‘Wow, she’s going to challenge you on a comment you’ve made here or there about a woman, then goodness — why can’t you challenge her on her husband’s personal peccadillos.'”

Conway spun this thin thread into something like a silver lining after Clinton controlled the debate with her focused and prepared performance, frequently pulling Trump off message by questioning his business success and command of the issues.

“He decided not to, and he explained to America why that was,” she said. “He said, ‘I came here and I was prepared to do some rough talking about that, quote-unquote, but I see your husband here and your daughter, and I’m just not going to do what you’re doing in hundreds of millions of dollars in negative advertising is not nice.'”

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Conway repeated this line of praise in each of her stops on the cable TV news circuit Tuesday morning, so that’s apparently the most positive takeaway she was able to salvage from Trump’s disastrous performance.

“I think that whole exchange will grow in importance over the next couple of days,” Conway said. “Women will like that.”

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GOP Senate candidate suspended football player for one game — for allegedly raping a 15-year-old girl: report

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On Thursday, in an op-ed, the conservative Washington Examiner reported on an incident from Alabama Republican Senate candidate Tommy Tuberville's career as a football coach for Auburn University in 1999.

"When Clifton Robinson, the short but quick receiver from Naples, Florida, returned to the Auburn University football team in August 1999 after pleading guilty to contributing to the delinquency of a minor to avoid going to trial after being charged with the second-degree rape of a 15-year-old girl, first-year head coach Tommy Tuberville pledged to figure out the right punishment for him," wrote Siraj Hashmi. "'Clifton is back on the team,' Tuberville said. 'He and I will sit down today, and I'll tell him that we do things right around here, so he can expect there will be some punishment. What it is, I don't know yet.' That punishment ended up being a mere one-game suspension from the team's Sept. 4 season opener against Appalachian State. Auburn won 22-15."

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Arizona Republican attacks Fauci and Birx for ‘undermining’ Trump with COVID-19 facts

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COVID-19 hospitalizations in Arizona set a record on Thursday, but one of the state's Republican representatives in Congress went to Fox News to urge the end of President Donald Trump's Coronavirus Task Force.

"I think that Birx and Fauci have gone well past their, their -- they've expired, their time of usefulness has expired," Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) said.

"What they do, is when the president comes out and makes a policy -- because he is the president, he is the policymaker. When they come and make these statements that they make, they engender panic and hysteria and undermine what the president's doing. That's what I think's critical," they argued.

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Texas conservatives lose their minds after GOP Gov. Greg Abbott mandates masks in public

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Texas' Republican Gov. Gregg Abbott finally acknowledged that there is a serious problem as COVID-19 takes down the state's population.

It was just a few months ago that municipalities were deciding for themselves when and if they would reopen. But Abbott shut it down, saying that his orders "overrule any local jurisdiction."

In April, "Abbott and the state’s other Republican leaders have blasted local officials in Dallas and Houston for what they called overzealous enforcement of COVID-19 regulations, first zeroing in on Democratically led Harris County’s decision to fine residents for not wearing face masks, a penalty Abbott banned in his April 27 reopening order," ProPublica reported. "The fights came to a head this month with the arrest of a Dallas hair salon owner who refused to shutter her business, an act of defiance that was supported by a right-wing group that launched a GoFundMe campaign a day before she reopened that raised $500,000 before it was disabled."

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