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Trump is so obsessed with cable news screen headlines he demands staff print them out for him

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White House schedules have shown the president tends to skip his daily security briefings, but when it comes to cable news headlines, called chyrons, President Donald Trump wants to see them all.

According to a Sunday Axios report, the president has his print off the chyrons so that he can see what’s happening on the cable news channels every day. The news comes from Cliff Sims’ new book Team of Vipers, which is scheduled to be released Jan. 29.

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“He consumed TV like the late Roger Ebert must have watched movies,” Axios quoted from the book. “He commented on the sets, the graphics, the wardrobe choices, the lighting, and just about every other visual component of a broadcast. Sure, he liked to hear pundits saying nice things about him or White House officials defending him from attacks, but everything came back to how does it look?”

The book says the most “Trumpian tactic” that the communications team attempted was lobbying networks about the headlines that appear on the lower third of their screen.

“‘People watch TV on mute,’ the President told me, ‘so it’s those words, those sometimes beautiful, sometimes nasty little words that matter,'” Sims wrote.

It extends to Trump’s speeches as well. The team would take screen captures of the chyrons while Trump is making a speech and then ads them to “headlines and tweets from influential reporters and pundits.

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“They would race to print out a packet before Trump made it back to the White House,” the book reads.

The goal was for someone in the communications team to meet Trump on the ground floor of the residence and hand him the packet.

Read the full story at Axios.

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Maddow warns Russia is interfering in the 2020 election in ‘exactly the same way’ as they did in 2016

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MSNBC's Rachel Maddow on Monday warned that Russia and the Republicans are running the "exact same play" against Democrats in 2020 -- and this time will be aided by the United States Justice Department.

"And they are playing it again already for the next election. And some of it is happening just like it did in 2016. And some of it is worse and I think it’s going to be more powerful than it was in 2016. In part because this is a second draft for these guys, right? They ran this play in 2016. They worked out some of the kinks," she explained. "Now they’ll do it again with the benefit of knowing what worked for them and what didn’t work the first time around. It’s a second draft. It’s going to be better and more polished."

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Marco Rubio says it was a ‘bad look’ for Trump to pick Doral for G7 — after several days of defending the decision

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On Monday, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) admitted that it was a "bad look" for President Donald Trump to call for hosting the next annual G7 summit at the Trump National Doral golf resort in Miami, Florida:

“Obviously you know, given everything that's going on, it was a bad look,” Rubio said of G7 at Doral, though he doubts Trump wanted to make money. “As a Floridian I thought it was great that they were going to come down, especially in June when we don't have as many visitors."

— Steven Dennis (@StevenTDennis) October 22, 2019

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‘You lost’: Internet mocks Trump for cheering on ‘great vote’ — that Republicans lost

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Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), who sits on the House Intelligence Committee accidentally mistook a satirical article with a fake transcript of President Donald Trump's call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky on July 25. While Schiff apologized for the error, Trump has called for his immediate impeachment.

Impeachment is outlined in the U.S. Constitution and the section of the founding document gives examples of what they meant by "high crimes and misdemeanors." It does not cite accidentally reading the wrong transcript aloud. Members of Congress cannot be impeached and censure is a toothless resolution that is meaningless.

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