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Here’s how Devin Nunes used Trump’s playbook to stir controversy over the GOP memo

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) appears to be using the Donald Trump press playbook to control the narrative on his controversial memo alleging abuses at the Department of Justice and FBI.

As CNN’s Brian Stelter wrote on Tuesday, Nunes’ decision to speak only to right-wing media outlets — primarily Fox News, but also conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh — show that he’s “speaking to Trump’s base.”

Since Trump moved to declassify the intelligence committee’s memo last Friday, Nunes has spoken to Fox News on three occasions, including twice yesterday. Nunes also granted Fox and the Washington Examiner, a conservative outlet friendly to Trump, prior access to the memo before it was released to the general public.

“The congressman’s media strategy seems to be focused on the conservative echo chamber, rather than the public at large,” Stelter wrote. “This suggests his goal is affirmation — reinforcing preexisting beliefs on the right — rather than persuasion.”

Beyond just who Nunes has chosen to speak to, his talking points in some of his memo media tour interviews echo Trump as well.

“Almost every story is fake news,” the chairman told Limbaugh on Monday, speaking about coverage fact-checking and debunking some of the claims in his memo. “Almost every story that runs about me is fake.”

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Progressive reformer claims victory in fiercely-contested Queens DA race

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Progressive reformer Tiffany Cabán has declared victory in her campaign versus Melinda Katz in the Queens District Attorney race.

With 99% of precincts reporting, Cabán held a lead of 1,090 votes, The New York Times reports.

Cabán was backed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

Katz was backed by Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY), who chairs the Queens Democratic Party, and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY)

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New 2020 poll shows Trump trailing all Democrats — some by double-digits

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President Donald Trump trails all of his Democratic rivals in hypothetical matchups of the 2020 presidential race, according to the result of a new poll released Tuesday.

This article originally appeared on Salon.

The survey, conducted by Emerson Polling, found that the president lags behind former vice president Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., by 10 points nationally — 45 percent to 55 percent. He also trails Sen. Elizabeth Warren by six points — 47 percent to 53 percent —and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg by four points — 48 percent to 52 percent.

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Beto O’Rourke’s ‘war tax’ policy proposal is straight out of ‘Starship Troopers’

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Amid an overcrowded Democratic presidential candidate field, it's hard to distinguish yourself from the pack if you don't slot easily into the scale that runs from "pro-corporate centrist" to "left-populist." If you're former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke —  who falls somewhere in the middle, politically, and somewhere towards the top, looks-wise — you pull a militaristic policy proposal out of your hat that recalls some of the most campy pseudo-fascist sci-fi ever written.

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