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CNN: White House aides were ‘hugely embarrassed’ by Trump-Kanye visit

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New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman told CNN on Friday that Kanye’s Oval Office meeting with Donald Trump did not go over well with White House staff, who were left feeling “hugely embarrassed” for the “speechless and confused” president.

“This was very much a Jared Kushner show,” said Haberman. “Kushner brought Kanye West in to talk about prison reform and job opportunities for inmates after they get out of prison and then this lunch was put on the president’s calendar.”

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“You can see Jared Kushner there looking very happy, his wife Ivanka Trump not looking quite as happy,” Haberman added. “That represented the split that you saw within the White House.”

“I heard from other West Wing aides who were hugely embarrassed that that had happened, thought that was not a good look, that this is not a rock concert,” she said.

“The main sentiment I have heard,” Haberman said, “is why have we taken what was a pretty good week for the president with Kavanaugh, which is something that Republican candidates heading into the midterms would probably rather be talking about, and why are we now doing ‘Kanye Week’?”

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Harry Reid warns of Trump’s mental state on CNN: ‘There’s something wrong with that man — he’s getting worse’

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Former Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) on Friday warned that President Donald Trump's mental state appears to be "getting worse" amid his claims that former Vice President Joe Biden will somehow "hurt God."

In an interview with CNN's Brianna Keilar, Reid was asked what to make of Trump's claims that the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee was "against God," despite being a lifelong Catholic.

"I think it's just so absolutely crazy," he said. "There's something wrong with that man. We keep -- I keep hoping that it will become more attuned with reality, but he's getting worse. Joe Biden's against God? That's kind of a stretch, I would think."

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Trump earns a new title: Terrorist-in-Chief

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It’s a pairing that just makes no sense.

As The Los Angeles Times editorialized this week: “Attacking the U.S. Postal Service before an election is something a terrorist would do.”

Or, more politely, if there is something wrong with the post office that will keep it from working most efficiently in an election that will depend on mailed ballots, make it better, not worse.

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Larry Kudlow whines after CNN’s Harlow fact-checks him in real time: ‘I resent your little nitpicking’

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President Donald Trump's National Economic Council director Larry Kudlow struggled to justify why the jobs numbers are "good" after seeing the unemployment rate at 10.2 percent, down from 11.1 percent. At the same time, another 1.2 million people filed for unemployment for the first time this week, taking the numbers to 21 million Americans still unemployed.

Trump celebrated the numbers because jobs added were slightly greater than expected, but the numbers are a far cry from where they were in May and June, which set records with jobs coming back amid states reopening. This month just 1.8. million jobs were added in July, where in June there were 4.8 million. It was a number that prompted CNN's Poppy Harlow to ask Kudlow if he is concerned about a slow-down.

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