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Chuck Todd: GOP alliances ‘dramatically breaking down’ despite being majority in Congress

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MSNBC host Chuck Todd addressed the unrest in Reublican-led Congress, as President Donald Trump’s feud with GOP caucus members continues.

“There’s fire in the Republican party right now,” Todd said. “In addition to the Russian cloud bogging down everything, the White House agenda is a mess and party alliances are dramatically breaking down.”

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Todd pointed out President Trump’s seeming declaration of war on members of his own party for killing the GOP healthcare plan, “threatening to fight [Republican] hardliners … in the 2018 mid-terms.” Trump singled out three Republican senators in particular, in the following tweet.

Todd noted, “hardliners responded today with open defiance.” He then played a clip of Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) being questioned by reporters about whether Trump’s tweets were “an actual negotiating tactic” and whether it’s constructive.

“I mean, it’s constructive in fifth grade,” Amash replied. And after House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) warned Freedom Caucus conservatives on Thursday to not allow the president to “strike a deal with Democrats,” Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) slammed Ryan on Twitter.

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He wrote the following:

“So, some moderate Republicans in the House have now decided to freeze out conservatives,” said Todd.

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2020 Election

Trump and the GOP have become the party of the dead

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There are few morbid topics subject to greater speculation than the religious loyalty of President Donald Trump's "base." Why an alarmingly large amount of Americans refuse even to entertain any criticism of Trump deserves scrutiny from political scientists, psychologists and perhaps horror novelists working in the school of Edgar Allan Poe.

This article first appeared in Salon.

What is abundantly clear is that no matter who votes for Trump, he and the Republican Party on the national level have no interest in governing on the behalf of living human beings — with the exception of ensuring that a tiny minority of billionaires and multimillionaires enlarge their investment portfolios. Trump evinces no concern for Americans dying of the coronavirus, racist violence or any other malady or injustice. He demonstrates no regard for health care professionals courageously trying to save their patients from dying, and appears cruelly indifferent to the struggles of millions of workers whose livelihoods have been destroyed by COVID-19. Needless to say, Trump also shows contempt for Black Lives Matter, immigrants and anyone who opposes his re-election, which at this moment (and throughout his presidency) is more than half of the American public.

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As coronavirus seizes the state, Florida hospitals are in panic mode

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As Florida experiences a surge in coronavirus cases, the residents of the state are facing obstacles like overwhelmed hospitals and a looming shortage in beds.

This article first appeared in Salon.

There are 47,663 hospital beds in the state right now with 11,782 available (meaning a remaining capacity of 19.82 percent) and a total staffed bed capacity of 59,445, according to the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration's Hospital Bed Capacity Dashboard. The state Department of Health also reported on Friday that, out of 95,300 individuals who received coronavirus test results over the course of the previous day, 11,433 tested positive for COVID-19 (all but 90 of whom were Florida residents), meaning that more than 12 percent of the new cases had positive test results. The state also reported 93 new deaths due to COVID-19. (Salon reached out to the Florida Department of Health for comment on this story.)

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The GOP is a suicide cult

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Welcome to another edition of What Fresh Hell?, Raw Story’s roundup of news items that might have become controversies under another regime, but got buried – or were at least under-appreciated – due to the daily firehose of political pratfalls, unhinged tweet storms and other sundry embarrassments coming out of the current White House.

Back in March, we argued that Donald Trump had become the charismatic leader of the dumbest suicide cult ever. There were fewer than 500 confirmed cases of Covid-19 at the time, but it wasn't difficult to see the trajectory we were on at even that early date. At the time, we were commenting on the President's* repeated claims that the whole thing was a big hoax and polls showing that Democrats were twice as likely as Republicans to say they were taking steps to avoid becoming infected.

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