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Trump derails infrastructure speech to whine about Democrats obstructing his agenda

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On Wednesday, President Donald Trump complained that Democrats in Congress are obstructing his agenda in a petulant speech in Cincinnati, OH.

Even as his administration appears hamstrung by scandal, Trump promised that “a new era of American prosperity is about to begin, and you see it, it’s already beginning.”

“To achieve our full economic strength,” Trump said, “we must repeal and replace Obamacare,” then went on to point out that yet another insurer has opted out of the ACA marketplace. “That’s it, bye-bye,” he said. “Wave goodbye, what a mess.”

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Now that the House has passed its deeply unpopular American Healthcare Act, the Senate must step up and do its duty, Trump said.

“Now it is time for the Senate, Mitch McConnell working very hard to act and save Americans from this catastrophic event, because Obamacare is dead. Obamacare was one of the biggest broken promises in the history of politics,” he went on.

He then called on Democrats to support him, saying, “That’s why I am calling on all the Democrats, who honestly have really been obstructionists. Boy, have they tried. Every single thing. On healthcare, I won’t get one vote on health care, Obamacare is crashing, it’s dead, it is in a death spiral as the head of one of the biggest insurance companies said, it is in a death spiral,” he complained. “We are coming out to do good, not to do bad, to do good. We won’t get one Democrat vote. They are just obstructionists, every single thing is obstruction.”

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Fire holds off Hong Kong police at campus as democracy protests escalate

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A large fire held off an apparent police advance on the Hong Kong campus where hundreds of pro-democracy protesters were holed up early Monday, hours after officers warned they may use "live rounds" if confronted by deadly weapons in a dangerous escalation of the near six-month crisis engulfing the city.

Protests have rocked the global financial hub since June, with many in the city of 7.5 million people venting fury at eroding freedoms under Chinese rule.

China has repeatedly warned that it will not tolerate the dissent, and there have been concerns that Beijing could send in troops to put an end to the spiralling unrest.

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Ambassador Sondland was updating Trump officials on progress of ‘push for investigations’ — including Mulvaney

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The Wall Street Journal obtained emails showing that ahead of President Donald Trump's call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Ambassador Gordon Sondland was updating officials on the strive for investigations.

Chief of staff and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney was one of the main points of contact, and he replied to the email saying he would schedule the call with Zelensky.

“I talked to Zelensky just now. He is prepared to receive Potus’ call. Will assure him that he intends to run a fully transparent investigation and will ‘turn over every stone,’” Sondland wrote in an email on July 19.

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White House desperately scheduling things for Trump to do so he won’t watch the impeachment hearings

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Given President Donald Trump worked to intimidate witnesses in real-time during the hearings on the impeachment inquiry last week, the White House is desperately searching for something that can keep him busy.

Axios reported Sunday, the presidential daily schedule will be designed to keep the president distracted with their own counter-programming.

"Trump's schedule for the coming week shows him governing," Axios reported. He'll be promoting jobs and talking about things like "art and culture."

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