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Trump refuses to read the Presidential Daily Brief — and it’s ‘hampering his ability to respond to crises’: report

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Donald Trump “declines to participate” in reading the Presidential Daily Brief, breaking from his previous seven predecessors and potentially “hampering his ability to reposed to crises,” the Washington Post reports.

A source told the Post that reading the top-secret document offered to the president every morning is not Trump’s preferred “style of learning.”

As the Post notes, shortly after he took office, intelligence analysts crafted a method to brief Trump–who prefers photos and graphics to large swaths of text. As he told Axios last year, “I like bullets or I like as little as possible. I don’t need, you know, 200-page reports on something that can be handled on a page.”

Eventually, ”Trump made clear he was not interested in reviewing a personal copy of the written intelligence report,” the Post reports. Instead, he opts for an oral briefing.

Former CIA director Leon Panetta told the Post that Trump’s reliance on oral briefings means he’s missing critical nuance that’s easier to grasp with written intelligence details.

“If for some reason his instincts on what should be done are not backed up by the intelligence because he hasn’t taken the time to read that intel, it increases the risk that he will make a mistake,” Panetta warned.

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“You can have the smartest people around you—in the end it still comes down to his decision,” he added.

Despite aides’ assurances that Trump receives a briefing nearly every morning, the president’s public Trump’s schedule indicates he receives an in-person intelligence briefing every two to three days, on average. Meanwhile, top officials receive “versions of the president’s written intelligence briefing,” the Post reports.

Trump sometimes complains briefers are “talking down to him,” one source told the Post. He also “often goes off on tangents during the briefing and you’d have to rein him back in,” a person said.

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Joe Biden promises to answer questions about his son’s overseas business dealings — after he’s elected

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Joe Biden refused to answer questions about his son's overseas business dealings.

The Democratic presidential frontrunner has been criticized for conducting diplomatic work as vice president in countries were his son, Hunter Biden, was engaged in business, but he refused at two campaign stops Monday to take questions about the controversy, reported ABC News.

Instead, his campaign promised that Biden would issue an executive order "on his first day in office" to "address conflicts of interest of any kind."

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‘Come heavily armed’: Oregon GOP lawmaker threatens state troopers over dispute with Dem governor

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On Wednesday, The Oregonian reported that GOP state Sen. Brian Boquist threatened to kill state troopers if they try to keep him in the Senate chamber to debate climate change legislation.

"I'm quotable, so here's the quote. This is what I told the [police] superintendent," said Boquist to reporters outside the Senate chamber. "Send bachelors and come heavily armed. I'm not going to be a political prisoner in the state of Oregon. It's just that simple."

Democratic Gov. Kate Brown has made passing a climate change bill one of her top priorities. While Democrats control Oregon's legislature, Senate Republicans have enough votes to block legislation by walking out and denying a quorum — which they have done to stonewall this legislation.

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Nightmare scenario: Trump could lose by 5 million votes — but still win re-election by one electoral vote

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President Donald Trump could potentially win re-election next year by a single electoral vote.

In that nightmare scenario for Democrats, the president could lose the popular vote -- again -- but still narrowly eke out an electoral win by holding onto four states he carried in 2016, reported Axios.

Even if Democrats flip Michigan and Pennsylvania, increase their vote totals in California and come close to winning Texas -- which could give them 5 million more votes than Trump -- their candidate could still lose if Trump narrowly wins Arizona, Florida, North Carolina and Wisconsin.

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