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Mike Pence and other Trump administration officials won’t get ‘unseemly’ pay raises after uproar

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Vice President Mike Pence won’t be getting his scheduled pay raise on Sunday, the Washington Post reports.

Pence was one of a number of appointees within the administration that was supposed to get a pay raise, but the administration had sought to stop it after harsh backlash since the federal government is shut down, leaving many federal employees and contractors without income.

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“Federal agencies have been told to suspend pay raises for top Trump administration officials after an uproar,” the Post reports.

Pence’s pay was scheduled get a $13,500 raise to $243,500. Cabinet secretaries were going to get an $11,000 raise to $210,700. Others affected include deputy secretaries, undersecretaries and deputy directors.

The move came via a memo issued late Friday night, the Post reports.


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Trump is desperate for scapegoats after bungling America’s coronavirus response

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For Donald Trump to present himself as a “winner,” there always must be a loser.

It’s a basic Trump building block. The art-of-the-deal is that someone must win and therefore the other guy must lose. There seldom seems a place to acknowledge that a global pandemic makes losers of all of us or that for an actual piece of bipartisanship to pass the Congressional aid bills is a shared win.

In his world, as we see on daily display now, anything good that his government has achieved  towards distributing necessary emergency stockpiles means that governors and states must have screwed up in not building their own, or that every question from a reporter that he does not want to answer must be a “nasty” criticism, as if the reporter’ jobs are to promote his propaganda.

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Trump hell-bent on purging administration of critics — and remaking government as Trump Organization: US official

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President Donald Trump remains fixated on purging the government of his perceived enemies, even as his administration struggles to meet the coronavirus crisis.

The president has fired the intelligence community's inspector general, replaced an acting Pentagon inspector general was to oversee coronavirus relief spending and attacked a Health and Human Services inspector who reported severe shortages of COVID-19 testing supplies -- and The Daily Beast reported that he's leaning on a recently rehired loyalist to help do his dirty work.

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James Carville: Republicans will ‘literally kill people’ to stay in power

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During an appearance on MSNBC this Wednesday, longtime Democratic strategist James Carville had some harsh words for Republicans, saying that they would literally kill people in order to hold on to power.

"My kind of mission in the short-term is to sound the alarm to say [that] Mitch McConnell and the Supreme Court -- they're going to do everything they can to hold onto power," Carville said.

"This thing in Wisconsin was one of the most awful things I've ever seen in my life," he continued, referring to the dust-up on whether to delay the state's primary elections due to the coronavirus. "The extent that they will go to to hold onto power -- it was all about one Supreme Court seat in Wisconsin -- they will kill people to stay in power, literally."

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