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Trump likes making bizarre Rose Garden infomercials to boost his self-esteem: report

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President Donald Trump in recent weeks has taken to making videos of himself talking about his policies in the White House Rose Garden and then posting them to his Twitter account.

The videos, which feature only the president talking for around 30 seconds, have generally drawn ridicule from across the web — and Princeton historian Kevin Kruse has even compared the videos to advertisements run by used car salesmen.

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New York Magazine’s Olivia Nuzzi recently spoke with several current and former Trump administration officials and Trump associates who told her that the president enjoys making these videos because they give him a quick boost to his self-esteem.

“The purpose of this on-camera exercise is simple: It makes him feel (and, he believes, look) good,” Nuzzi reports.

One former official tells Nuzzi that Trump likes making the videos because the lighting around the Rose Garden gives him a softer touch and makes him look less overtly angry than he often appears when he sees himself on television.

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“He was transposing his anger with the way the media was portraying what he was doing against lighting and everything like that,” the former Trump official explained. “He wouldn’t be able to sit there and be like, ‘The media is pissed off at me because I’ve been doing a bunch of crazy shit that falls way outside the norms of political discourse and political behavior in this country.’ He can’t really say that. That requires the ability to have some self reflection. So instead he blames things like the lighting.”

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California lawmaker who chaired Republican Assembly caucus leaving GOP — to become an independent: report

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On Thursday, the Sacramento Bee reported that California Assemblyman Chad Mayes, the former Assembly Minority Leader, is leaving the Republican Party and registering as No Party Preference.

"Instead of focusing on solutions for the big problems that we've got, we focused on winning elections," said Mayes in his announcement. "For me, I'm at the point in my life where I'm done with gamesmanship."

Mayes, a controversial figure who was implicated in an affair with a fellow public official, represents Yucca Valley. He is the second Republican Assemblyman this year to leave the party, after Brian Maienschein of San Diego, who Maienschein of San Diego.

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‘Quantum physics generator’ incident in Ohio results in evacuation — hazmat found no radiation

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Authorities in Columbus, Ohio evacuated dozens of homes after a man called 911 to report being burned by a

"Firefighters say nothing threatening was found in a northwest Columbus garage," WCMH-TV reported. "According to firefighters, a man called and reported that he received ‘RF burns’ while building some sort of ‘quantum physics generator’ in a garage. The man used words like ‘particle accelerator,’ ‘alpha rays,’ and ‘radiation’ while describing how he was burned."

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Trump spoke with Giuliani on unsecured phones that were vulnerable to Russian surveillance: report

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On Thursday, the Washington Post reported that President Donald Trump has communicated with his lawyer Rudy Giuliani via unsecured and unencrypted phone lines that are potentially vulnerable to interception and monitoring by Russian intelligence officials and other hostile foreign powers.

"Trump is not identified by name in the House phone records, but investigators said they suspect he may be a person with a blocked number listed as '-1' in the files," stated the report. "And administration officials said separately that Trump has communicated regularly with Giuliani on unsecured lines."

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