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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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No vaccine, no carnival, Rio’s samba schools warn

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Some of Rio's biggest samba schools say they will not participate in next year's Carnival unless a coronavirus vaccine is widely available, Brazilian media reported Tuesday.

Five of the 12 top samba schools, including Mangueira and Beija Flor, told Brazil's O Globo newspaper they would vote to postpone the parades at a meeting set for Tuesday.

"It's simple. If there's no vaccine, there will be no samba," said the head of the Sao Clemente school, Renatinho Gomes.

"How can you gather crowds without collective immunity?"

The mayor of the northwestern city of Salvador de Bahia, where festivities also attract thousands of tourists, has proposed postponing the carnival season nationwide until April or June.

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New York couple point guns at Black Lives Matter protesters marching past their house

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A New York couple pointed guns at protesters marching past their house during a Black Lives Matter rally, and activists want them to be charged.

Protesters were nearing the end of their parade route when a white man came out of his home shouting obscenities in an apparent attempt to incite the group, and then yelled to his wife to get his gun, reported WNYT-TV.

Hudson Mayor Kamal Johnson, who took part in the march, said the woman came back outside and started waving the gun around.

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Australian columnist aghast at America’s ‘rotten’ COVID-19 response: ‘We are witnessing the fall of a great power’

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A columnist for an Australian newspaper has been watching the United States' response to the novel coronavirus with a mix of shock and horror -- and he now believes "we are witnessing the fall of a great power."

Crispin Hull, an editor and columnist for The Canberra Times, argues in his latest column that President Donald Trump's disastrous handling of the pandemic is symbolic of deep rot within the American political system.

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