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Aides say Trump is ‘more anxious’ than before about Kavanaugh’s nomination going down in flames: NYT reporter

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President Donald Trump on Friday took the gloves off and started directly attacking the integrity of Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of trying to assault her when they were both teenagers.

“I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents,” the president wrote on Twitter. “I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!”

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According to well connected New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman, Trump’s direct attacks on Ford may be a panic move from a president who is terrified that his latest Supreme Court nomination will crash and burn.

“Several people told me yesterday that Trump by end of day was more anxious about whether Kavanaugh makes it through,” Haberman writes.

Haberman also says that Trump’s tweets questioning why Ford didn’t come forward sooner after allegedly being attacked decades ago would be major fodder for Democratic campaigns in the upcoming midterm elections.

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“Strategists already counting on women being energized for November will appreciate the chance to talk about why many women don’t report attacks, after this tweet,” she writes.

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Trump’s staff keeps undercutting his comments about his payroll tax plot: report

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President Donald Trump has claimed that everything will be fine with the removal of the payroll tax, which funds the Social Security trust fund, because he will just throw money in from the general fund. But according to Trump staff, he's confused.

The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that businesses aren't sure what to do because it would cause more difficulty on their side. The idea, however, isn't a law and it likely won't be enforced until Congress passes such a law, which isn't likely to happen since both sides oppose it.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez dares Trump to compare grades — and says the ‘loser has to fund the Post Office’

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During an interview with Fox Business' Maria Bartiromo on Thursday, President Donald Trump took aim at Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), saying that she was a "poor student" at "I won't say where she went to school, it doesn't matter."

"This is not even a smart person," Trump added.

Ocasio-Cortez graduated cum laude from Boston University with a degree in political science and economics.

The attack had parallels to when Trump claimed in 2011, baselessly, that he had heard President Barack Obama had been a "terrible student" — even though Obama had run the Harvard Law Review.

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Trump adviser Larry Kudlow: ‘We don’t want to have’ voting rights protections get through Congress

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On CNBC News Thursday, President Donald Trump's economic adviser Larry Kudlow said that the administration does not want protection of voting rights to pass as part of the coronavirus stimulus package.

"So much of the Democratic asks are really liberal left wishlists we don't want to have," said Kudlow. "Voting rights, and aid to aliens, and so forth. That's not our game."

Talks between Congress and the White House are currently at an impasse. The administration is refusing to support outlays greater than $1 trillion, and the president has explicitly demanded there be no funding for the Postal Service, to keep voting by mail as difficult as possible.

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