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Schwarzenegger trounces Trump in latest round of Twitter war

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Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday clapped back at Donald Trump, responding to the president’s early morning tweet that he did a “really bad job” as governor of California and as the new host of the Apprentice.

“Yes, Arnold Schwarzenegger did a really bad job as Governor of California and even worse on the Apprentice…but at least he tried hard!” Trump tweeted just before 6:30 a.m.

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Friday afternoon, Schwarzenegger replied with a simple link the 2006 Los Angeles Daily News article about the movie star releasing his tax returns.

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Trump is the first president in four decades to not release his tax returns; the tradition began with President Richard Nixon and continued with every subsequent president until Trump. The self-proclaimed billionaire promised throughout the campaign that he would release his tax returns once the government completes its yet-unproven audit against him. Last month, Trump adviser Kellyann Conway reneged on Trump’s campaign vow, telling ABC’s “This Week,” “he’s not going to release his tax returns.”

A feud erupted between the president and former governor of California on Thursday, when Trump asked the National Prayer Breakfast to pray for Schwarzenegger’s ratings on “Celebrity Apprentice.”

Responding to Trump, Schwarzenegger posted a video on Instagram yesterday offering to “switch jobs” with the president.

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A spokesman for Schwarzenegger also issued a statement imploring Trump to take “his job seriously.”

“Arnold is praying that President Trump can start improving his own approval ratings, which were the worst in history for an incoming president,” Daniel Ketchell told ABC News.


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Central Park incident just one more example of white women using their status to terrorize black men: NYT’s Charles Blow

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Amy Cooper is just the latest example of white women using their privilege and femininity to terrorize black men, according to a new column from Charles Blow.

The New York Times columnist explains that a video recording of an incident involving Cooper, an investment manager, and Christian Cooper, a science editor, has a long and shameful historical precedent.

"This racial street theater against black people is an endemic, primal feature of the Republic," Blow write. "Specifically, I am enraged by white women weaponizing racial anxiety, using their white femininity to activate systems of white terror against black men. This has long been a power white women realized they had and that they exerted."

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New Zealand epidemiologist: ‘We look at Trump’s behavior and we’re horrified’

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To learn how New Zealand has largely eliminated COVID-19, we continue our extended interview with Michael Baker, an epidemiologist who is a member of the New Zealand Ministry of Health’s Technical Advisory Group and advising the government on its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He describes how the country’s response compares to the government actions in the United States and worldwide.

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.

AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The Quarantine Report. I’m Amy Goodman, with Juan González, as we bring you Part 2 of our discussion of New Zealand.

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Trump White House hammered for covering up their own economic projections as jobs vanish

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The Trump White House has decided against releasing midyear economic projections this summer, breaking precedent at a time when unemployment is expected to top 20 percent.

The Washington Post reports that the administration is not releasing updated economic projections that "would almost certainly codify an administration assessment that the coronavirus pandemic has led to a severe economic downturn" with massive job losses that have topped 36 million in just two months.

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