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The world is laughing at Trump’s America — and ‘we can’t even keep our government open’: Former Time editor

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Former TIME managing editor Richard Stengel told MSNBC on Friday that President Donald Trump’s government shutdown is making a mockery of America’s efforts to spread and promote democracy.

“We are the only western democracy, the only functioning big democracy in the world that has government shutdowns,” Stengel said, comparing the current paralysis in the U.S. unfavorably to Brexit. “The big picture in a way for diplomats is we go around the world preaching democracy telling people how to work it and they look at us and go, ‘you guys can’t even play this game, you can’t even keep your government open.'”

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Stengel said one particular country was laughing more than the rest: Russia

“Every morning when Vladimir Putin opens up his newspaper and sees that the United States government is shut down, he smiles inwardly,” Stengel said. “This is exactly his whole policy for the past two decades, is to undermine the way America works, the way democracy works, so we can’t go around the world and say our system works better than these other systems.”

“I don’t know if he’s supporting the government shutdown,” Stengel added. “But he takes a lot of pleasure from it.”

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‘I think I made a mistake’: Patient who thought pandemic was a ‘hoax’ dies after going to ‘COVID party’

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According to WOAI, a patient in San Antonio, Texas in their 30s has died after going to a "COVID party" — a gathering of people who intentionally expose themselves to coronavirus to see for themselves whether the virus is real.

Per Methodist Healthcare Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jane Appleby, the patient's final words to the nurse were, "I think I made a mistake, I thought this was a hoax, but it’s not."

“It doesn’t discriminate and none of us are invincible,” warned Appleby. “I don’t want to be an alarmist and we’re just trying to share some real-world examples to help our community realize that this virus is very serious and can spread easily.”

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With four months until the presidential election, the litany of unresolved issues could block some voters from casting ballots and lead many citizens to distrust the outcome of one of the most pivotal races of their lifetimes.

There is widespread concern among voting activists, experts and elections officials that it will take further federal investment in local election systems, massive voter education campaigns and election administrators’ ingenuity to prevent a disaster come November.

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Trump balked at full pardon for Roger Stone over fears of Justice Department ‘backlash’: CNN legal analyst

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President Donald Trump's former political strategist Roger Stone claims that he asked for a commutation of his prison sentence, rather than a full pardon, because a pardon would have implied an acknowledgement of guilt whereas a commutation would still allow him to seek for the original conviction to be thrown out.

But on CNN Saturday, criminal defense attorney Page Pate suggested it may have played out differently: Stone may have actually wanted a full pardon, but Trump was spooked out of offering one.

"Page, this situation, I guess, is not entirely surprising. It's been signaled for some time," said correspondent Abby Phillip. "But what is different about this, I think a lot of people were expecting a pardon here. Roger Stone said he wanted his sentence commuted because he didn't want to admit guilt. What is the significance of that?"

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