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Trump has ‘a special loathing’ for Christmas parties and tries to flee them as soon as possible: report

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Even though President Donald Trump has regularly boasted about supposedly “saving” Christmas during his tenure in the White House, a new report claims that the president secretly hates attending Christmas parties.

White House staffers tell New York Magazine’s Olivia Nuzzi that Trump has “a special loathing” for Christmas parties and tries to flee them as quickly as he can.

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One person described as “close” to the White House surmises that the president despises Christmas parties because the holiday they celebrate is about the birth of Jesus, rather than Trump himself.

“If it were about him, he’d love it,” the source tells Nuzzi. “Christmas is not about him.”

Another White House official was more sympathetic to the president and simply said that the Christmas parties were “a lot” for him to take in.

“He just gets impatient,” the official tells Nuzzi. “He likes to go go go. Sitting through things, he gets restless.”

Trump has been particularly annoyed by the yearly ritual that involves people lining up to snap photos with him at the parties — and he’s even recruited Vice President Mike Pence to stand in for him so he can flee.

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Kellyanne Conway voted by mail — before opposing it for other voters: report

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On Wednesday, Kellyanne Conway said voting by mail should not be universal, adding that people should be willing to wait in lines to vote during a pandemic if they are willing to wait in hour-long lines at Georgetown Cupcake. People were swift to point out the flaws in her argument, including that cupcakes are not a constitutional right and that Georgetown Cupcake is actually not allowing people to stand in line right now.

But there's another problem. On Thursday, the Huffington Post reported that Conway herself voted by mail in the 2018 midterm elections.

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Research reveals the damage right-wing media has inflicted on America — and it’s just the tip of the iceberg

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Donald Trump wants to go after social media because Twitter pointed out one of his lies. And, in fact, social media has done a lot of damage to America and the American body politic, with the most visible example being it’s help in putting Donald Trump in the White House in 2016.

But even more concerning should be Fox News and right wing hate radio. A new study out of Columbia university finds that when people in any particular ZIP Code experience a 1% increase in Fox News viewership, it “reduces the propensity to stay at home by 8.9 percentage points compared to the pre-pandemic average.”

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Texas bar owner bans masks to prevent ‘virtue signaling’ – and kickstarts an online firestorm

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A bar owner in Elgin, Texas, has implemented a new rule for his business: no entry with a mask.

“Due to our concern for our citizens, if they feel the need to wear a mask, then they should probably stay home until it’s safe," read a sign posted outside Liberty Tree Tavern.

Speaking to 9News, bar owner Kevin Smith said he's following social distancing guidelines so the masks are unnecessary.

The bar's Facebook page shared an article on the story, adding the comment: "Just trying to break this cycle of fear and virtue signaling. The CDC, Surgeon General, and even Fauci say, these mask do nothing and can even cause more harm. The county mandate has been lifted, the sun is shining, let's get back to living our lives without fear!"

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