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Democrats discover surprising Trump policy Achilles’ heel that they will hammer in 2020 election

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Democratic and progressive groups may have found the silver bullet that will penetrate Donald Trump’s phony populism.

The Washington Post reported Thursday that while conducting focus groups for the Public Citizen watchdog group, veteran progressive pollster Stan Greenberg found “almost immediately” two weak points in Trump’s base.

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“Greenberg found that working-class white voters who switched from Barack Obama to Trump are deeply angry about soaring prescription drug prices,” Plum Line writer Greg Sargent noted. “As a result, they vehemently oppose a key provision benefiting Big Pharma at the core of Trump’s renegotiation of NAFTA — which he touts as proof that he’s delivering for his working-class white base.”

Trump is likely to build his reelection campaign on two major issues, Sargent wrote: “prescription drugs and trade.” Both got air time during his State of the Union address earlier in the week.

But the linkage of the two for white, working-class Obama-turned-Trump voters is “game-changing,” Greenberg wrote in a blog provided to the Post.

“Trump’s renegotiated NAFTA does accomplish some things progressives and Democrats support, such as mandates for higher wages on auto workers and an end to a dispute resolution mechanism favoring capital,” the report noted. “But the rewrite also expands patent protections for some pharmaceutical drugs to 10 years, shielding them from generic competition.”

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and some other Democrats have vowed not to pass the new NAFTA without major changes because, as the Massachusetts progressive noted last year, it is “stuffed with handouts that will let big drug companies lock in the high prices they charge for many drugs,” thus raising prices “seniors and anyone else who needs access to life-saving medicine.”

In his focus groups, Greenberg found that the white working-class voters he polled “hate” pharmaceutical companies and believe Big Pharma is the cause of prescription price-gouging.

“They are buying their laws, basically,” one man told Greenberg.

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These findings open up a new avenue of argument in the multitude to be made against Trump, Sargent pointed out: that his platform built on complaining about how powerful people “rigged” the system was hypocritical and that he’s done more rigging on their behalf.

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Here’s why Jeffrey Epstein surrounded himself with scientists

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The list of confidants and friends who were fêted by the late financier and alleged sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein included a number of prominent scientists. Among the eye-popping names that appeared on the list: the late cosmologist Stephen Hawking, Nobel-winning physicist Murray Gell-Mann, evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould, physicist Frank Wilczek, neurologist Oliver Sacks, and geneticist George M. Church.

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Trump just humiliated his own son with an absurd tweet about Greenland

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President Donald Trump confirmed multiple reports this weekend when he said that he does, indeed, hope to buy Greenland and make it part of the United States.

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen has said that the country, which is part of the Kingdom of Denmark, is “not for sale”: “Greenland belongs to Greenland.” Which should be the end of the story. Unfortunately, it’s not.

On Monday, Trump sent the following tweet, apparently trying to quell suspicions that the president just regards Greenland as another place to expand his business empire:

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Trump’s resolve on background checks ‘substantially softened’ after call from NRA’s Wayne LaPierre: NYT

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President Donald Trump has reversed his promises to fight for gun control, The New York Times reported Monday.

"Days after a pair of deadly mass shootings in Texas and Ohio, President Trump said he was prepared to endorse what he described as 'very meaningful background checks' that would be possible because of his 'greater influence now over the Senate and over the House,'" the newspaper reported.

"But after discussions with gun rights advocates during his two-week working vacation in Bedminster, N.J. — including talks with Wayne LaPierre, the chief executive of the National Rifle Association — Mr. Trump’s resolve appears to have substantially softened, and he has reverted to reiterating the conservative positions on the gun issue he has espoused since the 2016 campaign," The Times reported.

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