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BUSTED: Trump administration ripped off Forbes to create its Russian ‘Oligarch List’

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The Treasury Department confirmed on Tuesday that they pulled their list of “Russian oligarchs” from Forbes‘ “200 richest businessmen in Russia 2017” report.

A spokesperson for the department confirmed the list’s source to BuzzFeed News after CNBC and other outlets noticed the Treasury Department’s list was “strikingly similar” to one from Forbes.

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When a spokesperson from the department was asked by BuzzFeed if there is “any truth to the criticisms that the Treasury list was inspired or derived in some way from the Forbes list,” they responded, “yes.”

“The names of and net worth of oligarchs in the unclassified version of the report were selected based on objective criteria drawn from publicly available sources,” the spokesperson said of the 96-person list, nearly all of which were included on Forbes’ Russian businessmen list.

The release of the Treasury Department list was mandated by the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, a law passed last August that President Donald Trump signed despite saying the legislation was “seriously flawed.” Its release coincided with the president’s decision not to impose further sanctions on Russia, a move for which he’s been widely criticized.

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Fox News commentator slammed for mocking Joe Biden’s decision to wear a mask

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On Monday, during his observance of Memorial Day, former Vice President Joe Biden donned a face mask in accordance with CDC guidelines — a contrast with President Donald Trump, who has frequently refused to wear a mask even in some places that require them.

But Fox News senior analyst Brit Hume went out of his way to mock how Biden looked wearing it.

This might help explain why Trump doesn’t like to wear a mask in public. Biden today. pic.twitter.com/9l1gw1ljBE

— Brit Hume (@brithume) May 25, 2020

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GOP Leader un-endorses Republican candidate for ‘hateful rhetoric’ on social media

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On Monday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) announced he was revoking his endorsement of Ted Howze, the Republican candidate for California's 10th Congressional District, per Politico.

“In light of Mr. Howze’s disappointing comments, Leader McCarthy has withdrawn his endorsement," said McCarthy spokesperson Drew Florio. "As the Leader has previously stated, hateful rhetoric has no place within the Republican Party."

Howze's support within the Republican Party leadership has collapsed after a series of racist Facebook posts were unconvered, in which he called Black voters "political slaves," compared young immigrants to pedophiles, and said Muslims are incapable of being good American citizens.

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Florida seniors are ‘highly susceptible’ to coronavirus — which could hurt Trump’s reelection chances

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On Monday, The Washington Post examined the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on older voters' politics, and in particular how it is hurting President Donald Trump with the critical demographic in Florida — a state that is almost mandatory for the president to win for a second term.

"While Democrats have worried about Biden’s struggles to excite younger voters, older voters who are upset with the president are poised to be potentially more influential in November, especially in swing states whose populations skew their way, like Florida, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Michigan and Wisconsin," reported Jenna Johnson and Lori Rozsa. "In Florida, more than 20 percent of those who voted in the 2016 election were over age 65, according to exit polls. In 2016, Trump won the Florida senior vote by a 17-point margin over Clinton, according to exit polls. The state ranks as one Trump must almost certainly win to insure his victory, while Biden has other paths to the White House."

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