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Conservative columnist panicked Trump will be re-elected if Democrats don’t come up with a winning candidate

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Conservative columnist George Will is worried about the Democrats.

Like most never-Trumpers, Will is hoping Democrats will nominate a presidential candidate who can reach across the aisle to moderate Republicans and conservative-leaning independents.

In a new Washington Post column, he frets that the party will instead pick someone “loopy” enough to turn off moderates.

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“Only Democrats can save this president,” Will writes. “They can do so by nominating someone loopy enough to panic voters who are asking only for someone cheerful, intelligent and tethered to reality.”

In singling out the brand of Democrat he likes, Will names Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), chairman of the House Democratic Caucus. Many believe Jeffries is poised to become the become the first black Speaker of the House if Nancy Pelosi steps aside.

“Trump’s hope is that Jeffries-style Democrats — those with a Madisonian preference for a presidency proportional to its proper role, which is secondary to that of the First Branch — do not prevail within their party,” Will writes.

Read the full column here.


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Central Park incident just one more example of white women using their status to terrorize black men: NYT’s Charles Blow

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Amy Cooper is just the latest example of white women using their privilege and femininity to terrorize black men, according to a new column from Charles Blow.

The New York Times columnist explains that a video recording of an incident involving Cooper, an investment manager, and Christian Cooper, a science editor, has a long and shameful historical precedent.

"This racial street theater against black people is an endemic, primal feature of the Republic," Blow write. "Specifically, I am enraged by white women weaponizing racial anxiety, using their white femininity to activate systems of white terror against black men. This has long been a power white women realized they had and that they exerted."

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New Zealand epidemiologist: ‘We look at Trump’s behavior and we’re horrified’

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To learn how New Zealand has largely eliminated COVID-19, we continue our extended interview with Michael Baker, an epidemiologist who is a member of the New Zealand Ministry of Health’s Technical Advisory Group and advising the government on its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He describes how the country’s response compares to the government actions in the United States and worldwide.

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.

AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The Quarantine Report. I’m Amy Goodman, with Juan González, as we bring you Part 2 of our discussion of New Zealand.

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Trump White House hammered for covering up their own economic projections as jobs vanish

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The Trump White House has decided against releasing midyear economic projections this summer, breaking precedent at a time when unemployment is expected to top 20 percent.

The Washington Post reports that the administration is not releasing updated economic projections that "would almost certainly codify an administration assessment that the coronavirus pandemic has led to a severe economic downturn" with massive job losses that have topped 36 million in just two months.

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