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Trump supporters abandon plan to force New Hampshire Republicans to back the president

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Two prominent Trump supporters in New Hampshire have decided not to push for a new rule for the state’s Republican Party, which would have forced GOP officers to endorse an incumbent president in a primary.

State Rep. Fred Doucette of Salem and pro-Trump activist Bruce Breton told local news outlet WMUR that they had dropped their proposal to change the state party’s bylaws for now.

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The two Trump supporters complained there was a “lack of public support for the incumbent President of the United States.”

“Wholesale changes in the NHGOP leadership must and will be made in the coming weeks. With this in mind, we will not pursue any bylaw changes at this annual convention,” they said in a statement.

“That being said, it is common sense to tens of thousands of Trump supporters in New Hampshire that the neutrality clause in the NHGOP bylaws be addressed to reaffirm the GOP support of the leader of the Republican Party. “

The New Hampshire Republican Party’s current bylaws forbid party officers from taking sides in any party primary.

Speculation has swirled that Trump will face a Republican primary challenger in 2020.

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New Hampshire has one of the most-watched presidential primaries, which “traditionally [has] been not just an important indicator of how candidates are faring, but a way of winnowing the field and generating or killing funding,” explained politics professor Gillian Peele. “Candidates who perform poorly generally find their access to money suddenly dries up.”


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‘Hurricane truthers’: How nutty conspiracy theories are putting lives in danger

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First it was the moon landing, vaccines, and New Coke. Now nutty conspiracies are surrounding the life-and-death matter of hurricanes.

With warming waters providing extra fuel, tropical cyclones have become more frequent and more intense in recent years, causing deadly flooding, widespread power outages, and hundreds of billions of dollars in damages. Some people (ahem) see a sinister plot behind it all, an attempt to overhype the threat of disasters so that Big Government can take over (or something). This bonkers “hurricane trutherism” has spread from right-wing blogs to a much broader audience.

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The ugly and racist history behind Trump’s favorite insult

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The news was recently filled with stories about Trump’s praise for Conan, the Belgian Malinois used to hunt Islamic State Group founder and leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, alongside his vivid accounts of al-Baghdadi’s “death like a dog.”

Calling someone a dog is more than a throwaway insult. My scholarship focuses on representations of race and animals in literature and popular culture.

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‘She’s fire’: Soccer superstar Megan Rapinoe explains her endorsement of Elizabeth Warren

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Soccer star Megan Rapinoe explained her endorsement of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) for president during a Friday evening interview with CNN's Don Lemon.

"Elizabeth Warren picking up a big endorsement today from Megan Rapinoe, the soccer star and social activist who was named Sports Illustrated's 2019 'Person of the Year' earlier this week," Lemon reported.

Lemon played a clip of Rapinoe talking to Warren that was posted earlier in the day on Twitter.

I truly believe the best things in life are a result of being bold and being real. I’m proud to endorse Elizabeth Warren today, for being bold, for being real, for listening to ALL of us, and for being prepared to navigate the unique challenges we face today as a country @ewarren pic.twitter.com/9hX3gQYjvo

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