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Nearly half of Republicans say Trump should have ‘authority to close news outlets if they behave badly’: poll

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According to a new poll, a plurality of Republican voters want President Donald Trump to be able to shut down media outlets if he decides they have engaged in “bad behavior.”

The Ipsos poll, first reported by The Daily Beast, found that 43 percent of Republicans believe “the president should have the authority to close news outlets engaged in bad behavior.” Thirty-six percent of Republicans surveyed said that the president should not have the power to silence the press.

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About a quarter of Republicans also said that Trump should shutter mainstream outlets like CNN and The Washington Post. Twenty-eight percent agreed with Trump’s statement that the media are an “enemy of the people.” And 79 percent said that media treats Trump “unfairly.”

Only 12 percent of Democrats said that Trump should be able to shut down outlets he disagrees with. Twenty-one percent of self-identified independents also agreed that Trump should have the power.

Both Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, and his counselor, Kellyanne Conway, have recently said that they do not view the press as an enemy of the people.

Read more about the Ispsos poll from The Daily Beast.


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‘Trumpster’ berated by store workers for wearing mask over his eyes — he responds by calling them ‘sheep’

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A man in Utah this week was caught on camera wearing a face mask over his eyes at a local grocery store, only to get berated by several angry employees who eventually had him removed.

Local news station Fox 13 Now reports that that the man walked into a Smith's grocery store in Cedar City, Utah wearing a mask over his eyes in an act of defiance of the store's face mask policy.

The video shows employees walking up to the man and asking him why he wasn't following signs that said all customers have to wear masks while shopping.

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Hospitals ‘scrambling’ to cope with Trump administration’s abrupt change

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In a memo sent by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on July 10, hospitals in the United States were ordered to start reporting COVID-19 patient information to a new centralized database set up by President Donald Trump’s administration. And now, according to the New York Times, 34 current and former members of the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee are warning that the requirement is burdensome for hospitals and will have “serious consequences on data integrity.”

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Pompeo threatens Russia with ‘enormous price to pay’ for bounties while Trump still denies them

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President Donald Trump still denies that Russia issued bounties on the heads of American soldiers in Afghanistan, but his Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, didn't get the memo.

Speaking to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Pompeo even went so far as to issue a threat to the Trump ally.

“What we’ve said is this: If the Russians are offering money to kill Americans or, for that matter, other Westerners as well, there will be an enormous price to pay,” said Pompeo, as captured by the Washington Post. “That’s what I shared with Foreign Minister [Sergey] Lavrov. I know our military has talked to their senior leaders as well. We won’t brook that; we won’t tolerate that.”

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