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Democratic head of House Foreign Affairs Committee creating special unit just to investigate Trump

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Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), photo by Thomas Altfather Good

President Donald Trump’s White House has been bracing for aggressive oversight from the so-called “investigative committees” after Democrats won the House of Representatives in the November midterm elections.

The House Committee on Oversight and Reform, chaired by Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), has vowed investigations and has already scheduled Trump “fixer” Michael Cohen.

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The Judiciary Committee, chaired by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), chaired by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) are both expected to provide oversight.

The three investigative committees are apparently not Trump’s only worry from a Democratic majority House of Representatives.

Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), the chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, told The New Yorker that his first act will be to create a subcommittee tasked with investigating Trump.

“We just thought, if we’re going to do something relevant in this era where Congress is going to reassert itself, where there are so many questionable activities of this Administration vis-à-vis foreign policy, that it made sense to have this,” Engel explained.

The first question the subcommittee will investigate is what Trump said and heard in his closed-door meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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“It’s been many months since Helsinki, and we still don’t know what Putin and Trump talked about,” Engel said.

Other topics include whether Trump’s business interests have impacted his foreign policy, his love affair with Kim Jong-un, murdered Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Trump family ties to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman and Trump’s Twitter announcement about withdrawing from Syria.

Engel’s new investigative subcommittee will replace the terrorism subcommittee set up in the wake of 9/11.

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‘Letting it rip’: Trump now all-in on ‘herd immunity’ say top health officials – and experts warn half-million more Americans may die

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President Donald Trump and his White House advisers are now fully-embracing the debunked concept of "herd immunity" as a means to approach the coronavirus pandemic. And while Trump, White House officials, and even Dr. Scott Atlas, the Fox News radiologist who brought the concept to the president, all deny herd immunity is their new policy, senior health officials working with the coronavirus task force say Trump and his advisors are all in.

Experts warn adopting a herd immunity approach could cause an additional half-million Americans to die.

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All eyes are on Pennsylvania — but does Joe Biden really need it to win it?

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If former Vice President Joe Biden wins every state that 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton won four years ago and flips Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin — all of which Trump won four years ago — that would get him over the 270 electoral votes he needs in order to win the election. But what if Trump wins Pennsylvania a second time? Polling expert Nate Silver examines that possibility on his FiveThirtyEight website.

Silver notes that although polls are showing Biden with an advantage in Michigan and Wisconsin, "The polls have been tighter in Pennsylvania." Citing FiveThirtyEight's polling analysis, Silver explains, "Biden's current lead is just 5.1 points, and in 2016, polls were off by 4.4 points in the Keystone State — Trump won it by 0.7 points after trailing in our final polling average by 3.7 points there. So, with a 2016-style polling error in Pennsylvania, Biden would be cutting it awfully close — perhaps even so close that court rulings on factors like 'naked ballots' could swing the outcome."

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Former Donald Trump staffer says conservative media ‘brainwashed’ her into hating Democrats

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On CNN Wednesday, Jessica Denson, the former coordinator of the Trump 2016 campaign's Hispanic outreach who starred in a recent ad for Joe Biden, opened up about how she was taken in by the Trump campaign — and why he must be defeated.

"My motive to go and help that campaign and be of service to the American people was sabotaged, and I've seen my experience repeated in the experience of one public servant after another over the past four years," said Denson, who spearheaded a lawsuit to free former Trump campaign officials from nondisclosure agreements. "I have seen that this campaign continues to go out brandishing a Bible and an American flag and claiming that they have anything to do with freedom, but I've lived first-hand that they have nothing to do with freedom. They have worked very much against free speech and democracy."

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