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Republicans Matt Dowd and Chris Christie say the Trump admin is sinking after being torpedoed by New York Times op-ed

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Former GOP stars turned ABC contributors Chris Christie and Matthew Dowd compared the Trump administration to a sinking submarine on”Good Morning America” — and said the White House may be fatally damaged thanks to an anonymous op-ed published in the New York Times from “a senior official in the Trump administration” who says he or she and others are working to thwart Trump’s worst instincts.

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Christie said that for several years he’d heard rumors of “a group of people in the White House” who were trying to keep the president coloring in the lines. “The bigger issue, though, is how do you get control of this if you’re the president,” Christie said, indicating the it was probably too late anyway. “If we go off on a leak investigation I can tell you this, I ran a number of leak investigations as U.S. attorney, they’re never fruitful.”

Dowd had even harsher words, speaking directly to the sanity of the 45th president. “This is not a leak but a torpedo shooting a hole in the side of the hull on the same team,” he said. “This is a massive hole. Now the president who wants to demonstrate that he isn’t unhinged has gone on the hunt for Red October, full hunt for Red October looking for Captain Ramius to see who is at fault and who is doing this.”

Dowd added that the White House may become completely paralyzed and dysfunctional, asking the GMA host “How can anybody within the White House, including the president, trust anything they see, hear or do?”

Both were clearly uncomfortable with the op-ed writer’s anonymity. But while Dowd said he “would much prefer if somebody is going to stand on the ground of integrity.” He seemed to think the writer had no other choice.

“The problem is Congress, the GOP and Congress, has been unwilling to hold this president accountable on any of these things,” Dowd said. But he also pointed out that the same stories keep coming out.

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“Let’s keep one thing in mind, this isn’t just one op-ed. We’ve had a book,’Fire and Fury,’ that said exactly the same thing: the president’s unstable and unhinged and amoral. Then we had Omarosa with a book, exact same thing. And now we have Bob Woodward with a book quoting senior officials saying the exact same thing. So this is a widespread problem with the president — it’s not one op-ed.”

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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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Black man adopted by white Alabama family fights for Confederate symbols: ‘I’m not going to take my flag down’

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A Black Alabama man this week said that he was fighting to save Confederate monuments because members of his adopted white family fought in the U.S. Civil War.

WHNT spoke to Daniel Sims outside the courthouse in Marshall County, where activists are calling for the removal of Confederate monuments. Sims said that he opposed the effort to take down the monuments.

"Regardless of how the next person feels, I'm not going to take my flag down," Sims said. "If I've got anything to do with it, ain't no monument going to come down."

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