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Jared Kushner scrambling behind the scenes to prevent Republicans from ‘defecting’ on Trump’s wall demands: CNN

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As the federal government shutdown President Donald Trump called for unless he can get funding for his proposed border wall drags on, aide Jared Kushner has been sent to Congress to lobby Republicans for staying the course, CNN reporter Manu Raju revealed Tuesday.

Jared Kushner believes they can “flip” a Democratic senator to support the wall, Raju reports, so that Trump can claim there is “bipartisan” support for it.

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“They’re trying to see if they can get at least one Democratic senator for one reason: To make the case that this is bipartisan support for what the president is calling for on the wall,” he said. “In addition to that, they’re trying to encourage Republicans from not defecting from the president’s line. Concern is growing among Republicans here on the Hill that the longer this goes on the more Republicans are bound to defect, particularly as House Democrats plan to push for individual bills to re-open the government.”

Kushner has been the president’s whip, telling Congressional Republicans that public support will swing to the president after his televised national address and a border visit.

“Jared Kushner, I’m told, from a source familiar with the matter, is making the case privately that after the president’s speech tonight, and after he goes to the border on Thursday, that public support will grow toward the Republican side,” Raju said.

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‘There needs to be a prosecution’ of cop who killed George Floyd: CNN guest says ‘call it what it is’

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On CNN Wednesday, criminal defense attorney Joey Jackson walked through why the Minneapolis police officer responsible for George Floyd's suffocation death must be prosecuted.

"Bottom line, question here from looking at this, should the officer face charges?" asked host Erin Burnett.

"Erin, I don't think there is any question about that, and I think if you look at it, under any reasonable measure there needs to be a prosecution," said Jackson. "You know, when you look at issues of excessive force — and I know this comes with a lot of emotion, and it should because of the blatant nature of what occurred. But if you even look at it legally and forget about the emotion, you look and you see, was there an imminent fear that the officer was facing when he had his knee in the neck of Mr. Floyd? And the answer is resoundingly no. You look at the force he used, that is the officer, and you say is it proportionate to whatever threat was posed? The answer is no, you don't see any threat. You see a person detained and really not resisting at all."

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CNN’s John King astonished Trump keeps tweeting things that would get anyone else ‘fired in a snap’

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CNN's John King on Wednesday expressed shock that no one has been able to convince President Donald Trump to stop tweeting unfounded conspiracy theories about MSNBC host Joe Scarborough murdering a staffer 20 years ago.

During an interview with David Gergen, King said it was particularly jarring to see Trump, in the middle of a pandemic that has killed 100,000 Americans, to be tweeting things that "if I tweeted them, we would be fired in a snap."

Gergen then looked back at how past presidents have handled tragedies, and he said Trump pales in comparison to all of them.

"This should be a week of national mourning, to have 100,000 deaths, the number we'll reach in the next two or three days, and the country is saddened by that," he said. "Traditionally, presidents bring us together for occasions like this. They brought comfort, they met privately with the families of the victims and cheered people up... and here now, we have completely the opposite. It's very, very sad."

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‘Tempting fate and asking for trouble’: Dr. Fauci rips Ozark pool partiers for blowing off pandemic safety

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, slammed the large crowds that gathered for a now-infamous pool party in Missouri over the weekend for blowing off social distancing guidelines.

During an interview with CNN's Jim Sciutto, Fauci was asked what he made of the people who were captured on video partying without keeping any distance or wearing any face masks.

"When you have situations in which you see that type of crowding, with no masks and people interacting, that's not prudent and that's inviting a situation that could get out of control," Fauci said. "So I keep -- when I get an opportunity to plead with people, understanding you do want to gradually do this, but don't start leapfrogging over the recommendations and guidelines because that's tempting fate and asking for trouble."

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