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Trump’s voter suppression chief defends use of private email server for government business

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Less than a year after then-candidate Donald Trump called for Hillary Clinton to be imprisoned for using a private email server for Secretary of State business, the man leading the president’s “voter fraud” commission is defending his own private email use.

According to the Huffington Post, Kansas Secretary of State and Vice Chairman of Trump’s “election integrity” commission Kris Kobach said he used a private email server to conduct business for the voter fraud commission because he did so as a private citizen.

Last week, news broke that Kobach had been using a private email server to conduct business for the federally-created commission, and some argued him doing so could be a violation of the same laws Clinton was accused of breaking with her private server.

In a response (sent from his official Kansas Secretary of State email), Kobach told ProPublica last week that creating a government email for the commission he co-chairs in a “personal capacity” would be a “waste of state resources.”

Kobach has become infamous since taking the job on the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, created in response to Trump’s debunked claims that there was significant voter fraud in the 2016 election. Many have accused him and the commission of enacting voter suppression disguised a way to curb “voter fraud,” a justification for many unconstitutional state voter ID laws.

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The real problem wasn’t the racism — it was the Trump taking ‘the Lord’s name in vain’ twice: supporter

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President Donald Trump was widely condemned after supporters at a campaign rally in West Virginia turned his racist "go back" message into a "Send Her Back" chant against one of a woman of color in Congress.

One Trump supporter in West Virginia also criticized the speech, but not for the racist targeting of Rep. Ilhan Omar.

State Senator Paul Hardesty, a Democrat, wrote to the White House to complain about Trump's use of the word "goddamn."

The letter was republished by the Montgomery-Herald.

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Here’s how Trump hopes to recreate his 2016 presidential win — and how Democrats can send him packing

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Writing for CNN on Saturday, election forecaster Harry Enten explained how President Donald Trump's recent, racist behavior lies in his desire to recreate the same electoral conditions that gave him a victory in 2016 in the presidential election next year.

"The Trump strategy is pretty simple: 1. Drive up the unfavorable ratings of his Democratic rival as he did in 2016 in order to compensate for his own low ratings. 2. Bank on an electoral college/popular vote split as he did in 2016. 3. Use a campaign of racial resentment to drive up turnout even more among groups favorable toward the President," wrote Enten. As he noted, Democrats have excellent odds to flip back Michigan and Pennsylvania, but they will have to work harder to win back any of the other states Trump flipped from the 2012 Obama camp — in particular Wisconsin, which was the closest state after those two.

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American, Italian and Russian blast off for ISS

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US, Italian and Russian astronauts blasted into space Saturday, headed for the International Space Station, in a launch coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing.

Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, NASA's Andrew Morgan and Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency set off on a six-hour journey to the orbiting science lab from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 1628 GMT.

A NASA TV commentator hailed a "textbook launch" minutes after blastoff in "sweltering" weather in Baikonur, where daytime temperatures reached 43 degrees Celsius on Saturday.

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