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The White House gave the GOP talking points about Trump and Putin— but nobody used them

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In what may have been an attempt to regain control of the agenda in the wake of Donald Trump’s disastrous meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the White House issued talking points to Congressional Republicans — but it appears very few have used them.

As ABC’s Peter Alexander noted alongside a screenshot of the list of talking points titled “POTUS Helsinki summit,” “very few, if any, GOP lawmakers” have echoed the list that includes a note on how Trump “isn’t going to let an excessive focus on the past get in the way of building a brighter future between the world’s two largest nuclear powers.”

Indeed, GOP reactions to the summit have run the gamut — from an abnormally critical statement from House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) to childish dismissals from Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY).

None, it seems, have mentioned the White House’s assertion that Trump “spent much of his Summit with President Putin talking about Russian interference in American elections and other disagreements” during the closed-door meeting that included only to two heads of state and their interpreters.

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Iran says new ‘mentally retarded’ Trump sanctions mean ‘permanent closure’ of diplomacy

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Iran said Tuesday that new US sanctions targeting its supreme leader meant a “permanent closure” of diplomacy, while the country’s president labelled the White House “mentally retarded” as tensions between Tehran and Washington escalated.

US President Donald Trump signed an executive order imposing the sanctions against Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Monday, taking a dramatic and unprecedented step to increase pressure on Iran after Tehran’s downing of an American drone last week.

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‘Dangerous linguistic power’: A historian explains how Trump weaponizes nicknames

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Is Donald Trump the modern day Earl Long?

A three-time Louisiana governor, Long mastered the art of political ridicule seven decades ago by weaponizing nicknames. The hilarious names Long pinned on his rivals, and the rollicking stories he told about them, riveted audiences bored by puffed-up rhetoric.

While Long’s stunts may be remembered as silly hijinks, there was a sly, often deadly serious, purpose to his technique. He used it to get voters to laugh at his foes and to put them on the defensive––a place politicians never want to be. Tucked within Long’s jests were razor-sharp attacks aimed at exploiting opposition weaknesses––hidden swords inside a pea-patch cloak.

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Walmart got a $2.2 billion tax cut — now it’s laying off workers

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Walmart announced it will lay off hundreds of workers in North Carolina despite receiving billions in tax cuts that the Republican Party and President Trump claimed would spur job growth.

The giant retailer will lay off about 570 employees and close its corporate office near the Charlotte airport, despite signing a 12-year lease just four years earlier, the Charlotte Business Journal reported.

The work done at the Charlotte facility will be outsourced to a firm in Arkansas, according to the report.

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