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‘He creates his own reality’: Trump telling friends Mueller’s probe will conclude by year’s end

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Donald Trump has been telling friends that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into his campaign’s collusion with Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign will conclude by the end of the year, the Washington Post reports.

“This investigation’s going to be over with pretty soon,” Trump’s told friends at his Golf Club and Mar-a-Lago, adding his “brilliant” lawyers have assured him of a rapid conclusion to Mueller’s probe.

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The president’s first year has been embroiled by multiple investigations, and his party—which controls Washington—has failed to net a single major legislative win since Trump took office. Still, friends who’ve visited with Trump describe him as being “in an unusually upbeat mood,” the Post reports.

“He creates his own reality and lives in his own reality and tries to bend reality around himself and his own deep narcissistic needs,” Peter Wehner, senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, told the Post. “But, of course, in the end reality wins out, and trying to disfigure it or reinterpret it doesn’t work.”

“TrumpNation” Author Tim O’Brien echoed Wehner’s sentiment, calling the president’s projected self-confidence a staple of his resilience.

“When you look back on all the adversity he’s overcome — he’s survived three marriages, a brush with personal bankruptcy, he’s overseen several corporate bankruptcies, he’s been through withering press coverage . . . I think he tells fables to himself, about himself, to create the narrative he wants to see,” O’Brien said.

The president’s rose-colored glasses extend beyond Mueller’s investigation. Trump has reportedly taken to floating the notion that the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape may not actually be him.

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“He would just assert it, and people would kind of say, ‘Okay, let’s move along,’” a person who’s heard the president’s claim told the Post. “There’s no point in sitting there and litigating it with him.”

“He says, ‘It’s really not me. I don’t talk like that,’” another source said.

During the 2016 election, Trump himself admitted the veracity of that tape, in which he can be heard bragging about grabbing women “by the p*ssy” without permission. Then-candidate Trump even apologized for his language, later dismissing the tape as “locker room talk.”

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And beyond the “Access Hollywood” tape, the president is also reportedly dismissing his low approval ratings as “fake,” telling friends “no president since Harry Truman” has accomplished what he has, the Post reports.

Trump on Saturday took that claim to Twitter, boasting he has “possibly done more than any 10 month President.”

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Fox News host: Teachers practicing COVID safety are like ‘George Wallace standing in the school door’

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Fox News host Mark Levin on Sunday accused teachers who want COVID-19 safety measures of re-enacting Jim Crow-era segregation rules.

Levin made the remarks during a rant about President Donald Trump's executive action on COVID-19 financial relief.

"Democrat governors have shut down this economy from sea to shining sea," Levin opined. "And they like it both ways, the Democrats. They want to lock up everybody like we're lamb in cages and then they want to complain about the economic consequences."

"And then they say, this president, look what he's doing," he continued. "Let me tell you, payback is a bitch. You remember Obama with his phone and his pen. Well, apparently he left his phone and his pen and President Trump picked it up."

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Mnuchin threatens to make taxpayers pay back COVID money unless Trump is reelected

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Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin suggested on Sunday that Americans will have to pay the government back for any payroll tax reduction unless President Donald Trump is reelected.

In an interview on FOX, host Chris Wallace noted that the president's latest executive action on COVID-19 financial relief is "not a tax cut."

"It's a payroll tax suspension," Wallace explained. "Isn't there a danger that a lot of businesses won't pass these saving through to workers because they're going to hold on to the money because at some point, according to this executive action by the end of the year, those payroll taxes are going to be have to be paid anyway?"

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Virtual learning means unequal learning

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WASHINGTON — Karen Reyes, who teaches deaf and hard-of-hearing children in Austin, Texas, worries about her first-grade pupils who will be learning online this fall. She’s concerned that virtual learning is harder for younger, special needs children, especially those who may not have as much support at home as students in more affluent communities.“It has brought out a lot of the inequities in our district, especially in special education,” Reyes said of the distance learning program.In her school, 93% of the students are considered economically disadvantaged, according to a city estimate.“Eit... (more…)

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