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Ivanka Trump shoved aside Chris Christie to offer Michael Flynn any job he wanted in White House: report

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According to a report in The New Yorker, presidential daughter Ivanka Trump reportedly commandeered a Trump transition team meeting from Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) last fall and offered now-disgraced Gen. Michael Flynn any job he wanted in the White House.

Christie headed up the Trump transition team briefly before being booted by Vice President Mike Pence and had balked at giving Flynn a job.

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The report notes that Christie held a meeting on Nov. 11, 2016 that was attended by Ivanka Trump along with Flynn and Gen. Keith Kellogg.

“Gentlemen, can I help you?” Christie reportedly asked to which Trump, who served on the transition executive committee, replied that she had invited them. The report states that Trump then took over the meeting and praised Flynn for his “amazing loyalty” to her father before asking, “General, what job do you want?”

According to the New Yorker, one participant described it as, “Princess Ivanka had laid the sword on Flynn’s shoulders and said, ‘Rise and go forth.'”

Christie was deposed as transition head — reportedly because of input from Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner —  and President Donald Trump announced the appointment of Flynn as his National Security adviser a week later — only to have Flynn have to quit after misleading White House officials over his contacts with the Russians.

 


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Bill Barr and Trump desperately want to blame Antifa for violence — but they’re coming up dry so far

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President Donald Trump has turned his wrath on Antifa during the George Floyd protests, demanding Antifa be labeled a terrorist organization and accusing the movement of committing acts of violence at demonstrations. But journalists William Bredderman and Spencer Ackerman, in the Daily Beast, threw cold this week on efforts to blame the leftist group.

They found that “none of the 22 criminal complaints representing the first wave of protest charges mention Antifa in any way.”

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Fox News poll spells doom for GOP in Arizona

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The GOP's chances in Arizona have not looked this bad in years.

This article first appeared in Salon.

A new Fox News poll of registered voters in the Grand Canyon State shows Democrat Mark Kelly miles ahead of Republican Sen. Martha McSally — 50% to 37% — with 8% undecided.

Further, McSally's problems appear to come from within her own party. While Kelly enjoys the support of nearly 90% of Democrats, only 73% of Arizona Republicans back McSally.

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Trump may come to regret his big celebration of a small dip in unemployment

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Though the unemployment rate remains in the double-digits, the official unemployment numbers are slightly lower than economists expected, prompting self-congratulations by President Donald Trump.

This article first appeared in Salon.

But experts say celebration is premature.

Indeed, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the unemployment rate fell from 14.7 percent in April to 13.3 percent in May as the economy added 2.5 million jobs. The high April number was the worst that the American workforce had seen since monthly record-keeping began in 1948, and almost certainly the worst since the Great Depression. White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett predicted last month that unemployment would rise above 20 percent, a view that was widely shared by economists.

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