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Trump to hit the road with rallies for Republican candidates

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U.S. President Donald Trump plans to campaign aggressively on behalf of Republican candidates in the coming six weeks, holding as many as eight rallies and 16 fundraisers before the end of September.

Trump is likely to visit states that are crucial to Republican hopes for retaining control of the U.S. Senate, including Missouri, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, and Tennessee, according to a person familiar with the president’s plans.

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The president’s Republican party risks losing control of the House and Senate in the November election and thus losing the ability to advance much of the president’s political agenda. Though Trump’s overall popularity is low, he still retains strength among Republican voters

Democrats need to gain two seats in November’s congressional elections to assume control of the Senate and 23 seats to take the House of Representatives.

The president will hold a rally on Tuesday evening in Charleston, West Virginia, on behalf of Senate candidate Patrick Morrisey, who is trying to unseat Democratic incumbent Senator Joe Manchin. He plans to visit Ohio on Friday in support of Senate candidate Jim Renacci, who is taking on Democratic incumbent Sherrod Brown.

As has been the case in campaign events over the summer, most of the states where Trump plans to campaign is friendly territory where he can energize the supporters who helped him win the 2016 presidential race. Trump’s political operation has estimated that one-third of those attending Trump’s rallies are not traditional Republicans.

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Trump has tended to avoid areas where he is less popular. But the person familiar with the plans said that it remains possible Trump’s campaign schedule after September could include more hotly contested districts in suburban areas, home to moderate voters who have not warmed to the president.

 

 

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Stephen Colbert rips ‘idiot’ GOP senator for defending Trump’s unconstitutional self-dealing

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"Late Show" host Stephen Colbert returned from New Zealand for a new show that aired Monday evening.

"I have been as far from the insatiable black hole of news that is Donald Trump as you can get on this planet.

I've heard there have been some developments over the last 10 days that did not go well for Donnie,"

The host ripped Trump's 71-minute press conference.

"Seventy-one minutes is not a press conference, it's a one man show," he explained. "If you liked 'Fleabag,' you'll love Donald Trump in 'Douchebag,'" he said.

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Donald Trump is making a mockery of Marco Rubio — and the Florida senator is letting him

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Sen. Marco Rubio was once one of Donald Trump’s most formidable opponents; now, the Florida senator bends over backward to excuse the president’s corruption.

In 2016, Rubio and Trump sparred frequently on the Republican primary debate stage. Trump picked the uninspired nickname “Little Marco” for the senator, which didn’t seem to do much damage on its own, but Rubio never gained the momentum or strength that his backers hoped would prove to be strong enough to take down the reality TV candidate. As Rubio grew desperate, he launched one of his most memorable and pitiful attacks by stooping to his opponent’s level, implying that Trump had a small penis. It was more of an embarrassing moment for Rubio than anyone else, though Trump helped himself with a crude rejoinder.

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The faith of Fox News: How the network’s propaganda warps viewers’ sense of reality

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A longtime sticking point among Fox News employees is their insistent differentiation between its news division, where employees practice actual journalism, and its opinion division, where employees practice actual nativism, spew misinformation, and have been actively campaigning for Donald Trump’s re-election since 2016.  Inside the organization, they claim to believe that the news side is separate from the opinion side, and insist that the audience can tell the difference.

News anchor Shepard Smith once characterized comparing the two as “apples and teaspoons.”

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