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GOP Senator Joni Ernst divorces husband for preventing her from being Trump’s VP choice

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Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) (Screen cap).

According to a divorce court filing, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) claims one of the reasons she wishes to part ways with her husband is because she believes he thwarted her ambition to become President Donald Trump’s running mate in 2016.

The Guardian reports that Ernst’s attorneys filed a supporting affidavit in her battle with her husband, Gail, stating, “In the summer of 2016, I was interviewed by Candidate Trump to be vice president of the United States. I turned Candidate Trump down, knowing it wasn’t the right thing for me or my family.

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“I continued to make sacrifices and not soar higher out of concern for Gail and our family,” she said of her husband of 26 years.

The report states that Ernst met with Trump on July 4th, 2016 and discussed the job before telling Politico, “I made that very clear to him that I’m focused on Iowa. I feel that I have a lot more to do in the United States Senate. And Iowa is where my heart is.”

Now, in her divorce filing, Ernst is singing a different tune and putting the blame on her husband, complaining her husband “ … hated any successes I had and would belittle me and get angry any time I achieved a goal.”

Firing back, Ernst’s husband said her career stunted his own, claiming in documents: “I gave up all my aspirations and goals to be a good dad and husband so Joni could pursue her dreams.”

Had Ernst been tapped by Trump, she would have become the second female GOP vice presidential nominee, following in the footsteps of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin who was a partner in the late Sen. John McCain’s failed presidential run.

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Ana Navarro fact-checks Trump team’s deceptively edited Biden video

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Ana Navarro fact-checked a video circulated by the Trump campaign, and broadcast by NBC News, that appears to show Joe Biden mixing up his 2020 opponent with George W. Bush.

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Federal judge smacks down Bill Barr’s attempt to have DOJ defend Trump in rape defamation case

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A federal judge has denied Attorney General Bill Barr's motion to have the Department of Justice represent President Donald Trump in a defamation case brought by journalist E. Jean Carroll, who says Trump raped her.

"Lewis A. Kaplan of Federal District Court in Manhattan, rejected the Justice Department’s attempt to step into the case and defend the president, and his ruling means that, for the moment, a lawsuit by the writer E. Jean Carroll can move forward against Mr. Trump, in his capacity as a private citizen," The New York Times reports.

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What to do if you change your mind about voting by mail

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If you’ve received a mail ballot but have changed your mind and want to vote in person, there’s some good news: You probably can do this.

The details differ from state to state. In some, you’ll be allowed to cast a regular ballot, and in others you’ll cast a “provisional” ballot, to be counted once election officials determine you haven’t already voted.

You may need to bring your mail ballot to the polling place or election office and hand it to election workers to have it voided, or destroy it yourself, and you might be required to sign an affidavit stating that you did not already vote by mail.

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