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Forlorn Trump lashes out at CNN and complains he’s the real victim of mail bombs in 3 a.m. tweet

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If the fabled 3 a.m. phone call came early Friday for President Donald Trump, he would have been awake and thinking about his media critics.

The president tweeted out a partial statement about CNN, which was targeted Wednesday by a mail bomb along with nearly a dozen other Trump critics, at 2:48 a.m.: “Funny how lowly rated CNN and others can criticize.”

He then deleted that tweet and posted an expanded version of the same sentiment 16 minutes later, at 3:14 a.m.

“Funny how lowly rated CNN, and others, can criticize me at will,” Trump complained, “even blaming me for the current spate of Bombs and ridiculously comparing this to September 11th and the Oklahoma City bombing, yet when I criticize them they go wild and scream, ‘it’s just not Presidential!'”

Trump has complained since launching his presidential campaign about CNN’s coverage of him, referring to the network’s reporting as “fake news,” and in July 2017 tweeted a roughly edited video of himself beating up a figure with the CNN logo over its face in a wrestling ring.

The president’s late-night tweet alarmed other social media users, who urged him to get some sleep and focus on investigating bombs that targeted Hillary Clinton and two of his Democratic predecessors, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, among others.

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‘Expect the worst’ as Trump doubles down on racist rhetoric to rile up his base: columnist

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In a column for the Daily Beast, commentator and Sirius radio host Dean Obeidallah claims that all signs point to Donald Trump doubling down on racist rhetoric in an effort to rally his base as his internal polling shows him losing the key states that propelled him to the White House.

As Trump officially launches his re-election bid in Orlando on Tuesday night, Obeidallah notes Trump is falling back on what helped him appeal to disgruntled white workers in the Midwest and that he will likely ramp up attacks on undocumented immigrants -- including official actions.

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‘It can be hacked’: Election experts already see red flags in the Democrats’ 2020 nomination process

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The Democratic National Committee may reverse course on its plans to increase participation in 2020 presidential caucus states by offering off-site voting options—starting with telephone voting in Iowa and possibly online voting in other states.

That prospect of a reversal, at least in the early nominating caucuses, stems from growing concerns in top party circles about protecting the “integrity of the process” in a post-2016 climate, said James Roosevelt III, co-chair of the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee.

“It is entirely possible,” said Roosevelt. “The committee is going to be looking to be convinced that it will work. I think the committee is subject to competing pressures. One is to honor Iowa’s commitment to participatory democracy. And the other is to a heightened sensitivity that did not exist four or certainly eight years ago to the integrity of the process.”

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Trump was ready to ‘blow up everything’: Biographer Michael Wolff on why Mueller didn’t indict

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It is not an easy task to discern the truth when confronting a president and his allies who have created their own reality, one in which truth and lies have no absolute meaning and are, for them, ultimately interchangeable.

Donald Trump does this on a personal level: he has lied at least 10,000 times while president.

During his recent interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos, Donald Trump continued to lie in public, asserting that he did not try to fire special sounsel Robert Mueller. As multiple sources and witnesses agree, this is not true. Trump also asserted that he can do anything that he wants, according to the Constitution: He apparently believes he is a king or emperor. This too is a lie. The Constitution grants the president no such powers, and was drafted by the framers to stop demagogues and would-be tyrants such as Donald Trump.

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