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Trump is spiraling out of control while Republicans pretend everything is fine: report

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President Donald Trump’s already erratic behavior has become even more bizarre in recent weeks leading some to speculate that he is becoming altogether untethered from reality.

Vanity Fair‘s Tina Nguyen wrote on Thursday that most Republicans are plugging their ears and hoping to pass their radical tax cut bill while ignoring the increasingly unhinged rages and tantrums of a president who “doesn’t think in terms of policy” and who shows no interest in the work of governing.

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Trump has reportedly told aides and lawmakers that he believes that the notorious “Access Hollywood” tape was faked — even though he admitted it as real and apologized for it in 2016. Privately, he has also continued to question the legitimacy of former President Barack Obama’s birth certificate — in spite of public statements disavowing “birtherism.”

“This past week in particular saw Trump plummet to levels predicted by few, making a racially insensitive joke during an event celebrating Native Americans, and retweeting propaganda videos from a far-right British group and activist,” Nguyen wrote. “And on Wednesday, The Washington Post reported that, even in the wake of pushback, Trump feels emboldened, with sources adding that the president feels he can ‘largely operate with impunity.’”

In fact, White House officials are warning that Trump is set to go even wilder in the weeks ahead. If the GOP’s wildly unpopular tax bill clears the Senate, the victory will likely go straight to Trump’s head, say insiders, and no-one — neither Congress nor the president’s staff — know what direction the administration intends to take next.

“There is very little in the pipeline, and no obvious next item on the agenda after tax reform except maybe a return to health care,” said Yuval Levin of the conservative National Affairs to Politico. “Combine that with a president who doesn’t think in terms of policy, and you’ve got no clear next step.”

Meanwhile, Republicans like Sen. Orrin Hatch (UT) are lavishing Trump with praise, calling him “one of the best presidents I’ve ever served under” or standing by and “letting Trump be Trump.”

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GOP strategist John Brabender told The Washington Post, “We’re seeing the message hijacked by the messenger.”

He added, “That’s been problematic for a long time and it’s still problematic . . . Sometimes we all just scratch our heads.”

Meanwhile, the Republican tax bill, if passed, is expected to be “catastrophic” for senior citizens and other vulnerable groups in the U.S. who will lose their healthcare coverage virtually overnight.

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The Congressional Budget Office (CBO)’s analysis of the tax plan said that it will grant a massive tax cut to the country’s wealthiest people while raising taxes on the majority and hit poor people the hardest. Furthermore, it would explode the national debt and decrease government revenues by $1.6 trillion dollars.


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‘Breadth and scale’ of nationwide protests is ‘staggering’: NYU history professor

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Protests continued to grow in size in cities and towns from coast-to-coast -- and around the world.

"As a historian of social movements in the U.S., I am hard pressed to think of any time in the past when we have had two straight weeks of large-scale protests in hundreds of places, from suburbs to big cities," NYU history Prof. Tom Sugrue posted on Twitter.

"The breadth and scale of #Floyd protests is staggering," he continued.

"We have had some huge one-day demonstrations, e.g. March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom (1963); antinuclear march in NYC (1982), and Women's March (2017). We have widespread, simultaneous protests, such as in the days following MLK, Jr.'s assassination (1968)," he explained. "But the two together--very unusual."

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Incel blew his hand off — and may have been planning for suicide bomber attack on ‘hot’ cheerleaders: report

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A young man in Virginia was photographed for his mugshot with extensive facial injuries.

"A 23-year-old Virginia man who appeared to be planning an incel bomb attack on "hot cheerleaders" accidentally blew off his hand with explosives, authorities say," BuzzFeed News reported Saturday. "Cole Carini was charged in federal court on Friday connection with the plot after he allegedly lied to FBI agents by saying his extensive injuries were the result of a lawnmower accident."

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Big turnout for protest in Texas town known as a ‘haven’ for the Ku Klux Klan

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Protesters gathered in Vidor, Texas on Saturday for a rally against racism and police violence.

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The East Texas town has long had a reputation for racism.

Vidor is a small city of about 11,000 people near the Texas Gulf Coast, not too far from the Louisiana border. Despite the fact that Beaumont, a much bigger city just 10 minutes away, is quite integrated, Vidor is not. There are very few blacks there; it's mostly white. That is in large part because of a history of racism in Vidor, a past that continues to haunt the present," Keith Oppenheim reported for CNN in 2006.

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