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White House aides forced to use ‘large colored charts’ to explain Hurricane Florence threat to Trump

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White House aides this week needed to show President Donald Trump just how dangerous Hurricane Florence is — and they knew using mere words wouldn’t do the trick.

The Washington Post reports that White House officials have done their best to keep the president’s focus on Hurricane Florence as it barreled toward North Carolina, even as he seemed eager to tweet bogus claims about Democrats fabricating hurricane death toll numbers to make him look bad.

In particular, the Post reports that “officials have brought large, colored charts and graphs into the Oval Office to illustrate Florence’s dangerous path for Trump,” whom the Post describes as “a visual learner.”

Additionally, Trump took the big step of taking “a rare trip outside, to visit the staff of the National Security Council’s resilience office housed across the street in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.”

Despite these efforts to keep the president focused, however, sources tell the Post that he is still bitter over reports that nearly 3,000 people in Puerto Rico died last year as a result of Hurricane Maria.

“‘I’m not to blame for this,’ one adviser recalled Trump saying in a private conversation about Maria,” the Post reports. “In such discussions, the president also has trashed the power company in Puerto Rico and San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, who in the storm’s immediate aftermath publicly pleaded with Trump for a stronger response and has harshly criticized the president.”

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Mitch McConnell takes checks from voting machine lobbyists — even as he blocks election security bills

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In 2016, Russian hackers targeted voting systems in 21 states and, according to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report, breached systems in Illinois and two counties in Florida, gaining access to information on millions of registered voters. In his report, Mueller described the Russian government’s interference in the 2016 elections as “sweeping and systematic.”

This article was written by Donald Shaw and reprinted from Sludge, which produces investigative journalism on lobbying and money in politics.

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Trump fires back at reports on his lousy polling with accusation of ‘the Greatest Presidential Harassment of all time’

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President Donald Trump started off his Saturday morning Twitter harangue by disregarding reports that his own internal 2020 polling shows him losing badly in key battleground states by saying things are great and that he is the subject of  "the Greatest Presidential Harassment of all time."

According to Trump's tweet: "Despite the Greatest Presidential Harassment of all time by people that are very dishonest and want to destroy our Country, we are doing great in the Polls, even better than in 2016, and will be packed at the Tuesday Announcement Rally in Orlando, Florida. KEEP AMERICA GREAT!"

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Trump isn’t a president, he’s a gangster

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The FBI had to wiretap mafia bosses like John Gotti and Vincent “The Chin” Gigante to catch them breaking the law. All they had to do to catch Donald Trump on Wednesday night was turn on ABC News. Trump proceeded to commit multiple felonies out in the open on national television when he told George Stephanopoulos he would be happy to accept dirt on his opponent from foreign governments in his 2020 re-election campaign.

"Somebody comes up and says, ‘hey, I have information on your opponent,' do you call the FBI?" Trump asked rhetorically. "It's not an interference, they have information — I think I'd take it," Trump said. "I'll tell you what, I've seen a lot of things over my life. I don't think in my whole life I've ever called the FBI. In my whole life. You don't call the FBI. You throw somebody out of your office, you do whatever you do.” He paused for a moment. “Oh, give me a break — life doesn't work that way."

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