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Rising GOP star abruptly quits Republican party over Trump’s ‘appalling comments’ about immigrants

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Kyle McDaniel, a young rising GOP star from Viginia, abruptly quit the Republican party on Tuesday citing Donald Trump’s “appalling comments” about Haitian immigrants coming to the United States, the Washington Post reports.

McDaniel, a 28-year-old former top aide to Fairfax County Supervisor Pat Herrity, has grown increasingly disillusioned by the nativist undertones of his former political party, as well as the rhetoric coming from party leaders–including the President of the United States.

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Tuesday, McDaniel penned a letter to state party chairman John Whitbeck claiming he “could no longer stomach” some of the recent events that have transpired, including Trump’s now-infamous “sh*thole” comments and and his sluggish disavowal of white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia.

“I have, on more occasions than I care to recall, been forced to ‘bite my tongue’ when in conversation with other party leaders about the issues of the day,” McDaniel wrote to Whitbeck. “I cannot in good faith continue to do that.”

As the Post reports, McDaniel and his wife Katie have previously travelled to Haiti to assist in relief work, and even thought about adopting a child from the Caribbean country.

“I’m totally out,” McDaniel told the Post. “I’ll support candidates I agree with, but as far as any party affiliation, I’m out. I’m independent.”

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In a statement, Virginia party chairman Whitebeck accused his former ally of parroting anti-Trump taking points.

“We wish Mr. McDaniel the best in his future endeavors but he owes every member of his party an apology for repeating the Democrat talking points that Republicans are a bunch of racists,” Whitbeck said.

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Whistleblower alleges misconduct in IRS audits — and it could finally deliver Trump’s tax returns: report

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On Tuesday, Politico reported that House Democrats received a tip from a whistleblower about possible misconduct at the Internal Revenue Service in audits of presidential tax returns — and plan to use this revelation to bolster their legal case for obtaining President Donald Trump's tax returns.

In a federal court motion, House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA), who is seeking the president's tax returns, included a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin from earlier this month, informing him that the committee received an "undisclosed communication ... from a Federal employee setting forth credible allegations of 'evidence of possible misconduct' — specifically, potential 'inappropriate attempts to influence the mandatory audit program.'"

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Washington Post editorial board calls Trump too cowardly to pass background checks in scathing editorial

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The Washington Post just published a scathing editorial saying that President Donald Trump is far too cowardly to fight for gun safety laws or any kind of gun reform.

For a brief few days, while Trump was on vacation, he was willing to say that background checks needed to be tightened. But once he was on the phone with the National Rifle Association, everything changed. It isn't the first time. When Trump promised action after the Parkland, Florida massacre he said to the faces of parents who'd just lost their children. The next day he reneged. Now Americans are back at step one, where the next shooting is around the corner and even if police are on scene to take the shooter down in less than 60 seconds, people will still die.

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Trump’s tumbling support among ‘the poorly educated’ may crush his 2020 prospects: report

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When Donald Trump famously declared, “I love the poorly educated” during his 2016 campaign, it was obvious that he was taking a much more populist (or rather, pseudo-populist) approach than Republican presidential candidates were typically known for. And white males without college degrees continue to be a key part of the president’s base. But Washington Post columnist Aaron Blake, analyzing an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released on Monday, stresses that when Trump is up against a “generic 2020 Democrat,” he finds himself struggling with non-college educated white women.

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