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Tapper ridicules Trump for ‘cramming like a college kid during finals week’ as 100-day deadline looms

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CNN’s Jake Tapper on Monday schooled Donald Trump for “cramming like a college kid during finals week” to keep his campaign-era “contract to the American voter.”

“It’s the final stretch of the first 100 days of the presidency of Donald J. Trump,” Tapper began during “The Lead.” The CNN host pointed out that while the president is now heralding the 100-day mark as “ridiculous,” he was more than willing to promote “that timeline as a candidate.”

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On Oct. 26, Trump delivered a “Gettysburg Address” that detailed his “100-day action plan to make America great again.”

“It’s a contract between Donald J. Trump and the American voter,” Trump said during that address.

“A contract,” Tapper said, recalling then-candidate Trump’s speech. “I’m not saying that that contract’s been breached, but most of the items on that action plan have yet to come to fruition.”

“So the Trump administration is right now cramming like a college kid during finals week in an attempt to deliver some of the promises that brought his voters to the polls in November,” Tapper continued.

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Pointing to the GOP’s failed attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, Tapper argued, “So far, if you are scoring at home, only one out of ten promises for legislation that then-candidate Trump made in that contract with the American voter even made it to the House.”

The CNN host also noted the president used to declare, “I alone can fix it,” but is now acknowledging some of his campaign promises were ill-informed (like NATO). “So far, we have seen a real journey,” Tapper said.

Tapper then turned to Trump’s Sunday morning tweets insisting the “fake” polls show “he would still beat Hillary in the popular vote.”

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“Still beat Hillary in popular vote? Kind of an odd comment ‘cause he never beat Hillary in the popular vote,” Tapper said.

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Trump is ‘not a stable genius’: GOP strategist says the president ‘doesn’t remember who and where he is’

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President Donald Trump's mental fitness is lacking, a top Republican strategist explained on "The Last Word" with Lawrence O'Donnell.

Rick Wilson, the author of the 2018 bestselling book Everything Trump Touches Dies: A Republican Strategist Gets Real About the Worst President Ever, blasted the commander-in-chief.

"Rick Wilson, your assessment of where the president stands as he heads off to the G7 summit?" O'Donnell asked.

"I think Donald Trump has had a week in which he is proving that this isn’t 87-dimensional chess game, this isn't some masterful strategy of communications or persuasion," Wilson replied. "This is an old man who is sick and who has problems and who has mental disconnects and who has aphasias and who has moments where he doesn’t remember who and where he is."

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George Washington Bridge shut down for all traffic as Bomb Squad investigates suspicious device

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Traffic in New York City slowed to gridlock on Friday after authorities shut down the world's busiest vehicular bridge.

"All traffic on the George Washington Bridge has been closed off due to reports of a suspicious device on the span linking New York and New Jersey," CBS New York reported Thursday.

"According to police sources, the Port Authority Police Department has called in the Bergen County Bomb Squad to help with their investigation," CBS added. "Sources tell CBS2 the NYPD has not been called in yet to assist with the possible threat."

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Maddow walks through existence of a ‘whistleblower’ alleging the IRS is mishandling Trump’s taxes

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MSNBC's Rachel Maddow reported Thursday on the "confetti canon" of new filings in the legal battle between the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the House Ways and Means Committee over access to President Donald Trump's tax returns.

Maddow reported on Exhibit QQ in the latest filings, which is a letter from Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

"On July 29, 2019, the Committee received an unsolicited communication from a Federal employee setting forth credible allegations of 'evidence of possible misconduct' -- specifically, potential 'inappropriate efforts to influence' the mandatory audit program," Exhibit QQ read.

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