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‘Now is the time’: Conservative columnist begs Republicans to step up and challenge Trump

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On Friday, conservative columnist Stephen Hayes urged Republicans to step up and challenge President Donald Trump in 2020 in an article for The Washington Post.

While many Democrat candidates have announced their run, the Republican side has been quiet.

“On the Republican side of the 2020 presidential election, however, it’s relatively tranquil,” Hayes said.

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He added, “In some respects, the quiet among Republicans isn’t surprising. The incumbent president is a Republican. Serious intraparty challenges at the presidential level are relatively rare and never successful.”

Hayes noted that President Trump actions have been unprecedented. He also said that “Trumpism” is not that same as “conservatism.”

“But the Republican president is Donald Trump. If ever there were a time for a serious intraparty challenge, it’s now,” he wrote.

“The 2018 midterm elections were a clear and unmistakable rebuke of the chaos of his first two years as president. And it’s getting worse. The final few weeks of this second year of his presidency are proving even more chaotic than the first hundred weeks,” he said.

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Roger Stone’s entire defense strategy seems to be hoping Trump will pardon him: national security lawyer

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Trump ally Roger Stone is on trial this week on charges of perjury, witness tampering, and obstruction of justice -- and one national security attorney is baffled at how he's trying to defend himself.

Attorney Bradley Moss wrote on Twitter Tuesday that he simply doesn't see how Stone hopes to beat the charges laid out against him, as he so far hasn't had any serious rebuttal to his documented efforts to pressure witness Randy Credico to commit perjury.

"I seriously do not understand Roger Stone's defense strategy," Moss wrote. "This seems like a pro forma defense centered around the belief Trump will simply pardon him and Stone can then monetize his victim status further."

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Trump has wrecked US diplomacy and replaced it with ‘crony-to-crony relationships’: former ambassador

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Eric Edelman, a former official in the George W. Bush administration, shredded President Donald Trump on Tuesday for taking a wrecking ball to American diplomacy.

In an interview with the New York Times, Edelman said that Trump takes a purely transactional approach to foreign policy that serves his own personal interests instead of the interests of the United States.

"Trump is replacing formal relations among nations in several cases with family-to-family relationship, or crony-to-crony relationships," said Edelman, who served as the American ambassador to Turkey during the Bush administration. "Certainly, [Turkish President Recep Tayyip] Erdogan would prefer that kind of relationship as he runs a crony capitalist regime of his own, but it ought to be a matter of concern to all Americans."

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Trump falsely claims Ivanka ‘created 14 million jobs’: ‘That’s all she wants to talk about’

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While speaking to the Economic Club of New York on Tuesday, President Donald Trump praised his daughter Ivanka, who he claimed had "created 14 million jobs."

"We launched the Pledge to America’s Workers, Trump explained, "367 private sector partners are providing more than 14 million skills and career training opportunities for U.S. Workers."

Trump then gave Ivanka Trump credit for the jobs.

'My daughter, Ivanka, that’s all she wants to talk about," he said. "I say, 'Ivanka, can we please talk something about.' [Ivanka replies,] 'No. I met with Wal-Mart.'"

Trump added: "When she started this 2 1/2 years ago, her goal was 500,000 jobs. She’s now created 14 million jobs."

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