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Republicans are ‘particularly vulnerable’ to Democrats in 2018 — because of Trump: Former GOP fundraising head

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A Republican former congressman who used to lead the House committee to elect more GOP members to Congress said Wednesday that the party has expected wins like Conor Lamb’s in Pennsylvania for months.

“They’ve seen this coming,” Tim Davis, a Virginia Republican who led the National Republican Congressional Committee, told MSNBC’s Chuck Todd.

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“It’s a different kind of year,” the former congressman said of Lamb’s win in a district that voted for President Donald Trump by nearly 20 points more than Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Davis admitted that for some Republican congresspeople, “there’s nothing they can do” — and that those who do have a shot against the Trump resistance votes that ushered Lamb into office “need to run really good campaigns.”

“Open seats now are particularly vulnerable in this environment, as we saw yesterday,” the former NRCC head said.

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Trump denies there’s a ‘massive recession’ as 10 million or more people lose jobs

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During a Coronavirus Task Force briefing late Thursday following news that 10 million Americans filed jobless claims over just a two-week period last month, President Donald Trump downplayed the intensifying economic downturn as “an artificial closing” and insisted that businesses like restaurants will be “bigger and better” than before once the COVID-19 crisis subsides.

“It’s not like we have a massive recession or worse. It’s artificial because we turned it off,” Trump said, drawing a distinction that makes no difference to those who have lost their jobs—as well as employer-provided health insurance—or seen their hours drastically cut due to the crisis.

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German virus data offers ‘hope’ but curbs must stay, says Merkel

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Latest figures which show the spread of the coronavirus is slowing in Germany are a cause for "hope", Chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday, but warned that it was too early to relax restrictions on public life.

Germany has shut schools, banned public gatherings of more than two and imposed requirements for people to keep a distance of at least 1.5 meters (five feet).

The measures have helped to slow the spread of the virus, experts said.

"It's true that the latest figures, as high as they are, give us a little bit of hope, as the growth in new infections is slower than it was a few days ago," said Merkel in an official podcast.

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‘Why are you on TV?’ Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez demolishes Laura Ingraham’s attempted mockery

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) shut down Fox News host Laura Ingraham's attempt to mock her claims on the coronavirus.

The New York Democrat, whose hometown is being ravaged by the COVID-19 outbreak, pointed out that deaths from the viral infection was disproportionately occurring in minority communities.

"COVID deaths are disproportionately spiking in Black + Brown communities," the lawmaker tweeted. "Why? Because the chronic toll of redlining, environmental racism, wealth gap, etc. ARE underlying health conditions."

"Inequality is a comorbidity," she added. "COVID relief should be drafted with a lens of reparations."

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