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Losing GOP candidate files lawsuit claiming newly-elected Latina state rep in Arizona is not a citizen

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An anti-immigrant activist has filed a lawsuit challenging the citizenship of Arizona State Representative-elect Raquel Téran (D-Phoenix) — but has no evidence to support the claim.

The Arizona Republic reported that Alice Novoa, a perennial GOP candidate and conspiracy theorist, filed a lawsuit against Téran in Maricopa County Superior Court the day before the general election claiming the Democrat is not qualified to hold office because she is “not a legal citizen of the United States.”

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“This is obviously upsetting,” the newly-elected state representative wrote after being served papers on Thursday night, “but not surprising.”

Novoa’s suit “is just another attempt to silence me and the community I fight for,” Téran wrote.

The report noted that Novoa has promoted a theory claiming immigrants are involved in a “secret plot” to reclaim the Southwest on behalf of Mexico.

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Arizona Republic reporter Dustin Gardner noted that the anti-immigrant activist who ran unsuccessfully as a write-in candidate for Arizona secretary of state also accused Téran of not being a citizen in 2012 and that the Maricopa County Superior Court didn’t pay filing fees in either case.

“She requested her fees be waived because she claims she doesn’t work and has no income,” the report noted. “The court has waived or deferred more than $650 between the two cases.”

In the 2012 case that took place during Téran’s unsuccessful bid for the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, the suit was dismissed quickly when Téran’s lawyer produced her birth certificate.

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In January 2018, Novoa claimed the U.S.-Mexico border is “infested by illegal aliens” and, according to the KJZZ radio station, accused “U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and California’s attorney general, Xavier Becerra, of being part of a radical Mexican-Islamic-Catholic movement.”

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White House spokesperson ridiculed for ‘pathetic’ spin on Trump’s trade war admission: ‘Does she think we believe that?’

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Hours after Donald Trump blithely admitted that he had "second thoughts" about his trade war with China that has damaged the U.S. economy and helped set the stage for a possible recession, White House spokesperson Stephanie Grisham was forced to issue a clarification about the president's comments.

Addressing Trump's G7 response about his tariffs, widely interpreted by the press as expressing some regret, Grisham issued a statement saying the president meant that he wished he had increased his market-destroying tariffs even more.

"The President was asked if he had ‘any second thought on escalating the trade war with China,'" White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham relayed. "His answer has been greatly misinterpreted. President Trump responded in the affirmative - because he regrets not raising the tariffs higher."

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Here is why Trump is obsessed with Greenland

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They say that history repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce. Remember that President Harry Truman tried to purchase Greenland in 1946; now, in 2019, President Donald Trump is trying to do the same thing.

This article first appeared in Salon.

To be clear, Trump’s farcical, “absurd” idea — to borrow the adjective used by Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen — is not happening, and was never going to happen. As Frederiksen pointed out, Greenland is “not for sale." Trump, for his part, has not backed down from the idea.

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Iowa’s Steve King facing ouster because his campaign is broke and his allies have fled: report

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Iowa Republican Steve King is facing losing his seat representing his district in the U.S. House of Representatives as his campaign finds itself broke and the Republican Party has turned its back on him after his latest round of controversial comments.

According to a report from the Daily Beast, his campaign is struggling to bring donors -- who once wholeheartedly supported him --back into the fold.

Even worse, his colleagues in Congress have also abandoned him.

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