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Border Patrol commissioner contradicts Trump’s claim that agents were ‘very badly hurt’ by rock-throwing migrants

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President Donald Trump told the White House press pool Monday that three Border Patrol agents were hurt by migrants throwing rocks and stones at them — just as the agency’s commissioner denied that anyone had been injured.

Bloomberg White House reporter Toluse Olorunnipa pointed out the discrepancy on Twitter Monday evening while also reporting Trump’s comments to the pool.

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“Three border patrol people yesterday were very badly hurt, getting hit with rocks and stones,” the president reportedly said.

The comments were made just after Customs and Border Patrol Commissioner Kevin K. McAleenan issued a statement “on the events yesterday in San Diego” that gained ample news coverage for the images of migrant parents and children being tear-gassed at the border.

“Yesterday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents and officers in San Diego effectively managed an extremely dangerous situation involving over 1,000 individuals who sought to enter the U.S. unlawfully in large groups,” McAleenan wrote.

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“They did so safely and without any reported serious injuries on either side of the border,” he noted — a statement that contradicts the president’s claim.

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Trump’s in a ‘death spiral’ with women — even his female 2016 voters are ‘running for the exits’: GOP consultant

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With less than four months to go before the 2020 presidential election, President Donald Trump's poll numbers keep sliding downward -- and one GOP consultant believes that even many of the women who backed him in 2016 are ready to jump ship.

Writing in The Bulwark, Longwell Partners CEO Sarah Longwell reveals that recent focus groups she's conducted with women who backed Trump in 2016 show that the president has finally isolated many of them with his responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and the police killing of George Floyd.

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Don’t be fooled by recent rulings: ‘Deeply conservative’ John Roberts has a long game

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In the right-wing media, U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts is being slammed as a traitor to the conservative cause because of his recent rulings on a Louisiana abortion law, LGBTQ rights in the workplace and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Many far-right pundits see the 65-year-old Roberts, who was nominated by President George W. Bush in 2005, as a traitor to the conservative cause. But journalist Sam Baker, in a June 10 article for Axios, stresses that Roberts — despite having some nuance — is still decidedly right-wing in his judicial philosophy.

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Trump’s friends calling him over concerns he wants their kids back in school as pandemic rages: report

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In a deep dive into why Donald Trump is hellbent on sending kids back to school as the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage across the country, the Daily Beast reports that close friends and outside advisers to the president are calling him and questioning the move over fears about their own children.

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