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Recession fears grip Trump’s economy — and even a majority of Republicans are worried

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A new poll published by Axios reveals that recession fears in the United States are rapidly growing, as 65 percent of Americans now believe a recession will strike within the next year.

Breaking the survey down by party lines, 82 percent of Democrats, 62 percent of independents, and 53 percent of Republicans believe a recession is on the horizon over the next year.

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It goes without saying, notes Axios, that a recession would almost certainly have negative political consequences for President Donald Trump.

“If a recession does come, it could be mild, as Axios’ Felix Salmon and Courtenay Brown have written,” the report says. “But it would take away the benefits of a booming economy that helped Trump during his first two years.”

According to FiveThirtyEight, Trump’s average approval rating is stuck at just 41.4 percent despite overseeing an economy with an unemployment rate of under 4 percent. The president’s party also suffered historic losses in the 2018 midterm elections despite the strong economy, as the Democrats flipped 40 seats in the House of Representatives.


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Adam Schiff moves to implicate Pence in the Ukraine scandal as Republicans go off the rails

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In the panoply of contradictory and incoherent defenses of Donald Trump, a favorite of Republicans has been to harp on the claim that witnesses to Trump's extortion scheme against Ukraine were all "second-hand" or "third-hand." This has always been confounding, as the official summary readout of the famous phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky shows Trump clearly conditioning military aid and U.S. support on Zelensky giving a public boost to Trump's conspiracy theories about former Vice President Joe Biden and other Democratic leaders. The witnesses so far have simply affirmed what the written record demonstrates amply.

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Why saying ‘OK boomer’ at work is considered age discrimination – but millennial put-downs aren’t

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The phrase “OK boomer” has become a catch-all put-down that Generation Zers and young millennials have been using to dismiss retrograde arguments made by baby boomers, the generation of Americans who are currently 55 to 73 years old.

Though it originated online and primarily is fueling memes, Twitter feuds and a flurry of commentary, it has begun migrating to real life. Earlier this month, a New Zealand lawmaker lobbed the insult at an older legislator who had dismissed her argument about climate change.

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Republicans are getting scared about Gordon Sondland’s Wednesday impeachment testimony: report

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Ambassador Gordon Sondland may be the most dangerous witness for President Donald Trump in the impeachment hearings so far, and that's in part because he has a lot to lose.

And according to CNN's Shimon Prokuecz, his scheduled testimony for Wednesday morning is making Republicans nervous:

Multiple GOP sources say they are most worried about what Gordon Sondland will do tomorrow - and whether he will turn on the President. The fear, Republicans say, is that he could undercut the last GOP defense. @mkraju

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