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Trump quietly deletes tweet urging followers to ‘watch Sean Hannity’

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President Donald Trump. (NASA/Aubrey Gemignani)

Donald Trump on Tuesday capped off a series of unhinged tweets by urging his followers to watch Fox News’ Sean Hannity at 9 p.m—then promptly deleted the post.

Trump Tweet (Screengrab / Slack)

The deletion came after groups, including Citizens for Ethics, pointed out the president is now using his official platform to promote a TV show.

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The move is reminiscent of a number of times Trump and members of his administration have shilled for companies while assuming official government roles. Trump’s top adviser, Kellyanne Conway, was “counseled” early last year after violating the Office of Government Ethic’s ban on executive branch staff endorsing products or companies by telling Fox News viewers to “go buy Ivanka’s stuff.” In November, Trump himself hyped his New Jersey golf club in a speech before the South Korean National Assembly.

Shortly before assuming the presidency, Trump refused to divest from his business, instead handing over control to his eldest sons, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump. The move has raised a number of concerns over conflicts-of-interest. Still, it’s difficult to grasp the full impact of Trump’s presidency on his own business as the president continues to refuse to release his tax returns.


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Trump and Bill Barr’s ‘bloodthirsty execution spree’ in his final months in office is unprecedented: op-ed

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In an op-ed for Slate this Tuesday, Austin Sarat says that the Trump administration's announcement that it would continue to carry out executions in the days and weeks leading up to the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden is a "bloodthirsty decision" that defies "the norms and conventions for modern presidential transitions."

"The Death Penalty Information Center reports that the last time an outgoing administration did anything remotely similar was more than a century ago, in 1889," Sarat writes. "At that time Grover Cleveland, the first Democrat to be elected president after the Civil War and the only president ever to have served as an executioner (when he was the sheriff in Erie County, New York), permitted three executions to proceed in the period between his electoral defeat and Benjamin Harrison’s inauguration in March 1889."

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‘I’m in tears’: Americans grateful after watching Biden deliver more presidential speech than Trump

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President-elect Joe Biden addressed the nation about the Thanksgiving holiday, encouraging Americans to keep wearing their masks and stay away from people outside of your bubble because there is a light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel of terror.

There are reports of vaccines possibly being available to healthcare and nursing home workers by the end of the year, which could help with over-crowding in hospitals.

Biden spoke about his family's large Thanksgivings and how hard it will be for him this holiday season without the crowd of Bidens. But he, like many Americans, are doing the right thing, he said, not just for his family but for every other family in the community.

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Trump pardons his disgraced national security advisor Michael Flynn

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced via tweet that he had pardoned his former national security advisor Michael Flynn.

https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/1331706255212228608?s=21

Flynn, who served as Trump's first national security adviser, resigned in 2017 after admitting that he had lied about his contacts with the Russian ambassador to the United States.

Flynn said in his resignation letter that he had “inadvertently briefed the Vice President Elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian ambassador. I have sincerely apologized to the president and the vice president.”

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