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Kellyanne Conway’s husband pens scathing op-ed shredding Trump’s ‘dangerous’ claims about campaign finance law

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George Conway, the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, is not letting up on his criticisms of President Donald Trump.

In addition to mocking dubious legal claims by Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani on Twitter Friday, Conway also co-wrote a Washington Post editorial with fellow attorney Neal Katyal and former Republican FEC Chairman Trevor Potter that calls out the president for claiming that he didn’t commit a felony when he authorized his former attorney to pay off mistresses during the 2016 presidential election.

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First, they rip the president for shamelessly lying about his own actions during the campaign.

“For quite some time, he flatly denied knowledge about the $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels,” they write. “But now he seems to be acknowledging that he knew (since his personal company reimbursed Cohen for the payment, he ought to).”

They then turn the president and his supporters’ latest “dangerous” argument that committing a campaign finance felony really isn’t that big of a deal. In particular, they excoriate retiring Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) for saying he “doesn’t care” if Trump committed a felony.

“Of course, every criminal defendant seeks to minimize his crimes,” they write. “But such defendants don’t have a cheering squad composed of United States senators.”

Read the whole editorial here.

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Some Trump supporters ‘delight’ in defying pandemic protocols to stick it to liberals: report

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A new report from The Atlantic's McKay Coppins reveals that some conservative Trump supporters are intentionally defying recommended social distancing protocols as a way to stick it to their political foes.

In his article, Coppins interviews Georgia resident Geoff Frost, who says that older conservatives who play at his local country club have made a habit of blowing off recommendations against shaking hands and sharing golf carts during the worst public health crisis the United States has faced in decades.

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Pandemic modelers warn that Trump’s lies may increase the spread of COVID-19

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Welcome to another edition of What Fresh Hell?, Raw Story’s roundup of news items that might have become controversies under another regime, but got buried – or were at least under-appreciated – due to the daily firehose of political pratfalls, unhinged tweet storms and other sundry embarrassments coming out of the current White House.

Epidemiologists model how an infectious disease outbreak may spread within and between communities. The computer models are based on research into past epidemics, the virulence of a pathogen,the  severity of the illness it causes and various other factors. But these scientists assume that leaders will offer a coherent response to the crisis, and that people will modify their behavior appropriately. Trump, the conservative press and the Republican base are upending those assumptions.

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Doctors and nurses suffer near-impossible conditions in a defunded health system

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The doctor who said this continues to show up daily, caring for patients in need. Her health — and that of millions of other doctors, nurses, their families and the patients they care for — is put at risk when our leaders de-fund the health system that protects us all. She and other front line health workers, covering extra shifts and working overtime in this historic pandemic, tap into reserves of strength and resilience in hopes that the long overdue staff, equipment, space and systems arrive before the cases of COVID-19 surge out of control.

This article was originally published at Salon

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