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Aides scramble to keep Trump from smearing Christine Ford: ‘Hopefully he can keep it together until Monday’

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President Donald Trump has so far mostly kept the gloves on when it comes to attacking Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of trying to rape her when they were both teenagers.

Behind the scenes, however, aides have been scrambling to stop the president from leveling deeply personal attacks on Ford.

Sources tell Axios’ Jonathan Swan that “you have no idea” how difficult it is to stop Trump from lashing out at Ford.

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“Hopefully he can keep it together until Monday,” one White House official told Swan. “That’s only, like, another 48 hours, right?”

Trump has largely avoided going after Ford, although he told Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Thursday that he thought Ford should have immediately called law enforcement officials and told them what happened after allegedly being assaulted.

“Why didn’t somebody call the FBI 36 years ago?” the president said. “You could also say when did this all happen, what is going on? To take a man like this — with that being said, let her have her say and let’s see how it all works out.”


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Trump’s decision to block coronavirus aid to hard-hit states will cost 4 million jobs: analysis

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President Donald Trump's refusal to provide federal aid to states hit hard by the economic crisis sparked by the coronavirus pandemic would cost the country 4 million jobs, according to an analysis by Moody's Analytics.

Negotiations over the next phase of coronavirus relief have stalled as Trump attempts to circumvent Congress with unworkable and legally dubious executive orders that fall far short of the aid that would be included in any Congressional proposal. Though House Democrats already approved a $3 trillion relief bill including an extension on federal unemployment benefits and $1 trillion in aid to states and cities whose tax revenues evaporated amid coronavirus lockdowns, Trump and Senate Republicans have balked at both provisions.

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Greenland’s ice sheet has melted past the point of no return

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Greenland's ice sheet may have shrunk past the point of return, with the ice likely to melt away no matter how quickly the world reduces climate-warming emissions, new research suggests.

Scientists studied data on 234 glaciers across the Arctic territory spanning 34 years through 2018 and found that annual snowfall was no longer enough to replenish glaciers of the snow and ice being lost to summertime melting.

That melting is already causing global seas to rise about a millimeter on average per year. If all of Greenland's ice goes, the water released would push sea levels up by an average of 6 meters -- enough to swamp many coastal cities around the world. This process, however, would take decades.

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Trump’s campaign has plans to disrupt coverage of the Democratic convention: report

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According to a report from Politico, Donald Trump will be hitting the road next week where he will visit battleground states in an effort to steal headlines while the Democrats hold their national convention to select former Vice President Joe Biden as their presidential nominee.

With the physical convention set aside due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Democrats will hold a virtual convention that will feature a host of high-profile Democrats including former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama among others, and Trump's campaign wants to get the president out front of them and grab the limelight.

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