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‘How is this not nepotism?’: CNN panel says Ivanka Trump appointment makes US look like a ‘monarchy’

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Ivanka Trump on Wednesday officially became an unpaid White House employee, which has led to charges that she is only getting a job in the administration because she’s the daughter of the president.

During a CNN panel on Thursday, host Alisyn Camerota asked Trump supporter Jason Miller to justify the president giving his own daughter a top job at the White House by asking him, “How is this not nepotism?”

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“How is it nepotism?” Miller shot back.

“She’s the daughter of the president, that’s how it’s nepotism!” Camerota replied.

“No, because she’s working for free,” Miller explained.

“So because she’s not collecting a salary, it skirts nepotism laws?” Camerota asked.

“Everybody, from the White House counsel to the DOJ, says this doesn’t violate nepotism rules,” Miller replied.

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Panelist Norm Eisen, however, said that whether it technically violates nepotism laws is beside the point.

“Do we really want a country that is run like a monarchy where you have the throne flanked by family members?” he asked. “Or do we want people in the Oval Office whose first loyalty will be to the country, not to the man sitting behind the desk?”

Watch the whole segment below.

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GOP strategist who wrote party’s 2012 autopsy says she hopes the party loses this year

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Former Republican strategist Sally Bradshaw, who wrote the GOP's so-called "autopsy" after its 2012 election losses, is hoping the party comes crashing down in defeat this fall.

In an email to NPR, Bradshaw conceded that the 2012 election postmortem was "obviously a failure," given that President Donald Trump had taken over the party in 2016 by explicitly ignoring its recommendations about taking a more inclusive approach to immigration reform.

However, she also seemed to think that the GOP's bill for not becoming a more inclusive party had finally come due given its failures to govern through a deadly pandemic that so far has claimed the lives of 137,000 Americans with no end in sight.

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Brutal video targeting moms hits Trump for trying to hurt their children by returning to school in pandemic

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President Donald Trump and Education Sec. Betsy DeVos announced this month that schools must reopen regardless of the dangers of the COVID-19 pandemic. Republican leaders have maintained that not being in school is so detrimental to the development of children that parents must risk their lives and the lives of their families, teachers, principals, and other school administration members.

Author Don Winslow posted a video directed at mothers recalling all of the great moments in a child's development from their first words to their first steps and their first days of school.

"Now Donald Trump wants you to abandon your most primal and powerful motherly instinct to protect your child," the video says. "Trump and Betsy DeVos have said children don't get Coronavirus. Tell that to the families of these children who all died from Coronavirus."

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The pandemic has exposed a disturbing fact about who the government helps most

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In January 2020, the NASDAQ stock market’s index stood just under 10,000. In the March crash, it fell to 7,000. As of July 10, 2020, it hit 10,600. The U.S. government’s economic policies produced a “recovery” for the rich who own the vast bulk of stocks. Their holdings are worth more now than before COVID-19 hit us. The other major benchmarks for securities, the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Standard and Poor 500, show similarly dramatic, slightly smaller recoveries.

Massive government economic intervention—what most of its current beneficiaries have always denounced—subsidized those recoveries. The Federal Reserve pumped unprecedented amounts of new money into the U.S. economy after mid-March. That money poured into the stock market and fueled its rise. The U.S. Treasury provided unprecedented direct cash supports to much of corporate America.

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