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Radio interviews reveal how Bannon subtly manipulates Trump: ‘You got to remember, we’re Breitbart’

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A series of one-on-one interviews last year between Steve Bannon and Donald Trump offer some hints –and some troubling clues — about how the two men will work together in the White House.

Trump, then a Republican presidential candidate, spoke to Bannon several times between November 2015 and June 2016 on Breitbart News Daily, which airs on SiriusXM satellite radio’s “Patriot” channel.

The Washington Post examined about two hours of conversation between Trump and Bannon, whom he hired in August as his campaign chairman and then tapped this week as his chief strategist.

The newspaper found Bannon, who turned Breitbart News into a platform for the “alt-right,” used flattery and subtle manipulation to coax Trump into agreeing with his viewpoints on climate change, foreign policy or confronting other Republicans.

One exchange highlighted Bannon’s views on non-whites.

Trump, who has vowed to deport millions of undocumented immigrants, had expressed concern last November for foreign students who have to return home from Ivy League schools due to immigration laws.

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“We have to be careful of that, Steve. You know, we have to keep our talented people in this country,” Trump said.

He then paused, and Bannon said, “Um.”

“I think you agree with that,” Trump said. “Do you agree with that?”

Bannon paused for a moment.

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“When two-thirds or three-quarters of the CEOs in Silicon Valley are from South Asia or from Asia, I think,” Bannon said, but did not finish his sentence. “A country is more than an economy. We’re a civic society.”

Bannon disagreed with Trump on allowing highly educated foreign students who graduate from American colleges and universities to be allowed to go through the immigration process and stay in the U.S.

“You got to remember, we’re Breitbart,” he told Trump. “We’re the know-nothing vulgarians. So we’ve always got to be to the right of you on this.”

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Who are all these white men running for president — and why?

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The country’s last presidential election was wide open, with incumbent president Barack Obama termed out of office and his vice president, Joe Biden, opting not to run as his replacement. While the vacancy looked like an opportunity for the 16 Republican men (and one woman) who ran in 2016, Democrats essentially cleared the field for Hillary Clinton, the first woman to win the party’s presidential nomination. Her only two challengers were white men; one who eventually became a star at the center of his own political movement and the other who was shortly reduced to strumming his guitar shirtless for attention.

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Progressive reformer claims victory in fiercely-contested Queens DA race

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Progressive reformer Tiffany Cabán has declared victory in her campaign versus Melinda Katz in the Queens District Attorney race.

With 99% of precincts reporting, Cabán held a lead of 1,090 votes, The New York Times reports.

Cabán was backed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

Katz was backed by Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY), who chairs the Queens Democratic Party, and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY)

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New 2020 poll shows Trump trailing all Democrats — some by double-digits

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President Donald Trump trails all of his Democratic rivals in hypothetical matchups of the 2020 presidential race, according to the result of a new poll released Tuesday.

This article originally appeared on Salon.

The survey, conducted by Emerson Polling, found that the president lags behind former vice president Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., by 10 points nationally — 45 percent to 55 percent. He also trails Sen. Elizabeth Warren by six points — 47 percent to 53 percent —and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg by four points — 48 percent to 52 percent.

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