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Trump will meet privately with Pelosi to negotiate budget deal after Oval Office debacle

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President Donald Trump will meet with Congressional Democrats on Friday — once again in the obscure location of the White House Situation Room.

Reuters correspondent David Shepardson reported the meeting will be held at 11:30 a.m.

On Wednesday, Trump met with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer. When the president demanded that meeting take place in the Situation Room — despite not being necessary — many political observers speculated that was because cameras are not allowed in the room.

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Earlier in December, Trump allowed cameras in the Oval Office when he was discussing the shutdown with Pelosi and Schumer.

“I’ll tell you what, I am proud to shut down the government for border security, Chuck,” Trump promised on December 11. “So I will take the mantle.”

“I will be the one to shut it down. I’m not going to blame you for it,” Trump promised.

Since then, Trump has reversed course and is now trying to blame Democrats for his shutdown.

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Woman known for racist rants is finally arrested after assaulting Muslim woman and Black teen

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A North Carolina woman known for her racist rants that were captured on video is being accused of attacking a 14-year-old and ripping the hijab off an another woman, the Citizen Times reports.

Rachel Dawn Ruit first received notoriety when she was caught on video yelling racial slurs and threatening people in downtown Asheville. But on July 4, her threats turned physical when she ripped off the hijab from a woman and attacked the 14-year-old, who is Black.

Ernesta Carter witnessed Ruit attack the girl after saying she needed to be "put down" and if she fought back "she would be raped." Ruit then grabbed the girl by the groin, Carter said. When Carter started running towards the altercation, that's when Ruit targeted Nahlah Karimah who was the woman wearing the hijab.

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WATCH: Doctor laughs at Trump’s bizarre boast about passing a cognitive test

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Arthur Caplan of New York University School of Medicine, who holds seven honorary degrees from colleges and medical schools, couldn't help but chuckle when discussing President Donald Trump's recent comments about passing a cognitive test.

"I actually took one very recently when, you know, the radical left was saying, 'Is he all there? Is he all there?' I proved I was all there, because I aced it,” Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity on Thursday night. “I aced the test... I took it at Walter Reed Medical Center in front of doctors and they were very surprised. They said, ‘That’s an unbelievable thing. Rarely does anyone do what you just did.'"

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Trump seems determined to destroy us all

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Useful ways to pass the quarantine time: Since April, in response to the pandemic, I've been involved with a series of Zoom webinars examining a number of issues through the lens of COVID-19. So far, we've covered everything from mental health and addiction and recovery to the search for a vaccine.

The sessions are organized by Hollywood Health & Society which, as per their website, "is a program of the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center that provides the entertainment industry with accurate and up-to-date information for storylines on health, safety and security." The Writers Guilds of America East and West have been co-sponsoring the webinars; as immediate past president of the Writers Guild East, I’ve had the pleasure of moderating several of them.

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