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Trump ignored the all-caps warning not to congratulate Putin written in his presidential daily briefing

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Despite an all-caps warning in his daily briefing on Monday, President Donald Trump ignored his national security advisers and congratulated Russia President Vladimir Putin for winning an election many consider a “sham.”

The Washington Post reported Tuesday that Trump not only ignored the “DO NOT CONGRATULATE” warning by his top advisers, the president also “chose not to heed talking points from aides instructing him to condemn Putin about the recent poisoning of a former Russian spy in the United Kingdom with a powerful nerve agent.”

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On Tuesday, after a White House spokesperson indicated the day prior that the president would not be calling his Russian counterpart, Trump himself announced to press that he’d called Putin to congratulate him. Later, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the UK poisoning, which has been condemned in harsh terms by British Prime Minister Theresa May, did not come up during the call.


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The View’s Meghan McCain turns on Fauci after blaming him for resurgence of COVID-19 — then gets schooled by Whoopi Goldberg

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"The View's" Meghan McCain confessed that she has "turned" on Dr. Anthony Fauci.

During Thursday's show, the co-hosts addressed the new InStyle profile on Fauci, who has been barred from appearing on TV. Joy Behar loved the photo because it showed off his Italian heritage and how tough he is.

"I thank god every day that there are some adults left who are looking out for us," she said. "So, I thank Fauci. I thank even Mitt Romney for standing up when every coward in that Republican leadership has said nothing. Radio silence about every sin committed by [Trump]. I thank Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi. I'm so happy there are a few adults left, and Fauci is one of them, and I want him to speak out more. Let's not -- this is worth repeating: Are you going to trust an ivy league educated epidemiologist like Fauci or somebody who tells you to drink bleach and face the sunlight to kill the virus? I mean, really."

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Trump ‘knows he’s losing’ – but can’t entirely fire Brad Parscale because ‘he knows too much’: report

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President Trump demoted his campaign manager Brad Parscale as new polling shows him losing in five swing states. According to an analysis from Axios, it's a significant development because it signifies that Trump knows that he's losing.

Parscale played a large role in Trump's 2016 win as the architect of his digital strategy. According to Axios' report, there's a reason that Parscale will remain on Team Trump despite his demotion.

"Trump really can't fire Brad: He knows too much, and he built the digital infrastructure the campaign relies on," Axios states.

As Axios points out, Bill Stepien, a Trump loyalist and longtime GOP operative, will be taking Parscale's place. "Stepien worked on Trump's 2016 campaign, then was White House political director before moving to the campaign."

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Anti-maskers bombard Marco Rubio with rage after he debunks their conspiracy theories

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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on Thursday did his best to debunk false claims about face masks being made by conspiracy theorists -- but he wound up getting bombarded by angry anti-maskers anyway.

In a tweet posted in the morning, Rubio declared that "mask wearing isn’t some novel idea they came up with to control us," referring to a popular refrain among conspiracy theorists that masks are the New World Order's way of asserting dominance over a pliant population.

He went on to say that "surgeons, nurses and dentists have used them forever to protect patients and themselves," and then asked his followers rhetorically, "If it doesn’t work, what’s the harm?" and "And if it has a 10% chance of getting us back to school,sports and life why not do it?"

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