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Trump was ‘startled’ when he saw AG nominee talking about ‘warm relationship’ with Robert Mueller: CNN

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President Donald Trump reportedly had an adverse reaction when he learned that William Barr, his nominee to replace Jeff Sessions as attorney general, is friends with special counsel Robert Mueller.

“We are learning from sources that the president was startled as he watched bill Barr testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee and describing the warm relationship he has with the special counsel Robert Mueller,” CNN’s Kaitlan Collins reported on-air Thursday based on information from three sources with knowledge of the conversation.

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Trump, Collins added, “did not like that.”

“He was complaining to aides,” the White House correspondent reported, “saying he didn’t know how close they were and he didn’t know how much their work had overlapped previously.”

Nonetheless, Trump is not reported to be thinking about withdrawing Barr’s nomination.

“The president calmed down from being so upset about the new details that emerged during that hearing,” Collins said. “He said, ‘Bill Barr and Robert Mueller are part of the Washington establishment. That’s why they have this relation going on.'”

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A whopping 14 percent of new US COVID-19 cases are coming from Texas

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With the daily number of new coronavirus infections in Texas now exceeding that of most other states, experts say Texas has become a hot spot of the global pandemic and that more aggressive measures are needed to slow the virus’ spread.

Texas’ new confirmed cases of the coronavirus now make up around 14% of the U.S. total — measured by a seven-day average — a significantly higher proportion than its 9% share of the nation’s population. Since July 1, the U.S. has reported 358,027 new infections. Of those, 50,599 were in Texas.

On Tuesday, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported more than 10,000 new cases — representing nearly 20% of the nation’s new cases for the day. It could be a “catch-up” from the July 4 holiday, DSHS spokesman Chris Van Deusen said, noting that numbers reported Sunday and Monday were lower.

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Devastating new ad uses Ronald Reagan’s words against Trump to stunning effect

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The Lincoln Project is not the only right-wing group that has been creating attack ads slamming President Donald Trump. Another is Republican Voters Against Trump, which uses the words of President Ronald Reagan in its latest video to illustrate Trump’s failures as president.

In the ad — which lasts one minute and 40 seconds — RVAT contrast Reagan’s words with images of the U.S. during the Trump era. The message is not subtle: Under Trump, the United States is a long way from Reagan’s vision for the country.

The ad isn’t aimed at liberals and progressives, many of whom would argue that Reagan’s economic policies were bad for the American working class during the 1980s. It asks Republicans: “Has your party left you?”

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The sheep-like loyalty of Trump supporters is starting to backfire

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Donald Trump thinks his voters are morons. This universal truth was once again demonstrated this week by a Facebook ad working Trump’s new statue-oriented campaign strategy. The ad declared, “WE WILL PROTECT THIS” and featured a photo of … no, not some racist-loser Confederate general astride a horse but “Cristo Redentor,” the famous statue of Jesus Christ that sits atop Mount Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro, which, for those keeping track, is not in the United States but in Brazil, a sovereign nation in a different continent.

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