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Here’s why Trump’s attacks on Bob Woodward are a total ‘PR 101’ failure

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Bloomberg’s White House correspondent Shannon Pettypiece delivered a brutal assessment of Trump’s response to the growing number of leaks, books, and opinion pieces describing an administration in chaos, an incompetent president, and an alarmed staff working to thwart his worst instincts at every turn.

“That’s PR 101, if it’s corporate or celebrity PR. Don’t give fuel to the fire. Don’t talk about the alleged accusations against you. Don’t talk about the person,” Pettypiece said. “What does this do? It raises the profile of the book and sells more books. In all of these instances, the president’s tweets raise more attention to the books whether it’s Omarosa or Woodward.”

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Pettypiece worried that Trump is living in a bubble of his own creation. The president, she said “is so confident in his instincts when it comes to his political instincts, business instincts, he is not listening to anybody around him, whether it’s national security, public relations, or communications. He, as he always has been and now increasingly so, feels he is going to follow his gut on every issue.”

Journalist and author of “The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency” Chris Whipple agreed, panning the president’s responses. “The problem is, discipline and process are anathema for Donald Trump. Until he can get some of that, this is going to continue to be a mess,” he said, mocking the administration. “It’s going to be continuing chaos. You don’t get anywhere by running around, threatening bogus national security investigations or threatening to strap everyone up to a lie detector test.”

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Michael Avenatti says he has El Chapo’s former jail cell — which the drug dealer described as ‘torture’: report

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Attorney Michael Avenatti, the colorful attorney who came to prominence representing Stormy Daniels against Donald Trump, is unhappy with his jail conditions.

On Monday, his attorney wrote to the federal judge overseeing his trial to complain about the jail conditions Avenatti is experiencing during pre-trial detention.

Scott Srebnick, Avenatti's attorney, wrote to Judge Paul Gardephe to complain about the "notorious 10-South" section of the Metropolitan Correctional Center, where he is being held in the Special Housing Unit.

"He is in a cell reportedly once occupied by El Chapo, on a floor that houses individuals charged with terrorism offenses," Avenatti's attorney wrote.

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It is Greta Thunberg vs Donald Trump at climate-focused Davos gathering of economic elites: report

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The starkly opposed visions of US President Donald Trump and Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg on climate change will clash in Davos on Tuesday as the World Economic Forum tries to face up to the perils of global warming on its 50th meeting.

The four-day gathering of the world's top political and business leaders in the Swiss Alps gets under way seeking to meet head-on the dangers to both the environment and economy from the heating of the planet.

Trump, who has repeatedly expressed scepticism about climate change, is set to give the first keynote address of Davos 2020 on Tuesday morning, on the same day as his impeachment trial opens at the Senate in Washington.

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‘Which Senator up this year most deserves to lose?’: Preet Bharara flooded with replies to provocative question

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Former United States Attorney Preet Bharara asked his 1.2 million Twitter followers a provocative question on the eve of President Donald Trump's impeachment trial.

With worries that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is presiding over a sham trial, many analysts have suggested that the Senate itself will be on trial.

"Which Senator up this year most deserves to lose?" Bharara, who was fired by Trump, asked.

There are a number of potentially vulnerable Republicans facing voters in 2020, including McConnell himself, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ), Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO), Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC), Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).

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