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Trump’s fear tactics are starting to fade on Republicans — and some 2020 contenders are distancing themselves

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On Monday, New York Times columnists Michael Tackett and Maggie Haberman detailed how President Donald Trump’s fear tactics are starting to wear off. Trump is known for using a fearful leadership style to govern the country.

“Mr. Trump has shown little inclination to modulate his style, and that carries risks,” they wrote.

Trump has demanded loyalty from Republicans, however, his fear tactics have not stopped the GOP from rebuking him. The report explains that Republicans are starting to no longer fear Trump, and have even stood up to him.

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“He could well face a challenge for the Republican nomination in 2020, and congressional Republicans from swing states could begin to distance themselves from him,” the wrote.

“One of the clearest signals came last week when Republicans, backing an amendment offered by Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky and the majority leader, opposed the president’s call for a withdrawal of the United States military forces from Syria and Afghanistan as part of a Middle East policy bill. Only three Republicans voted against it,” they wrote.

Trump has used fear to make up for his lack of political experience.

“His lack of experience in politics and diplomacy, which require policy knowledge, team building, and nuanced negotiating ability, has left him at a decided disadvantage despite his boasts about his deal-making prowess.”

Read the full report here.

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If Democrats fight right-wing ‘fake news’ fire with fire, we all lose

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Democrats are increasingly worried about losing the 2020 presidential election to Donald Trump. The party is in seeming disarray from the botched Iowa caucuses and the failure of an "electable" frontrunner to emerge early in the primary season. Trump's fundraising and digital operations are humming, buoyed in part by his acquittal at the Senate trial which refused to remove him from office for soliciting foreign interference in the 2020 elections and obstructing the House's investigation of it.

This article first appeared in Salon.

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Soledad O’Brien shames 1980 ‘Miracle on Ice’ hockey team for photo-op with Trump while wearing MAGA hats

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In an early Sunday morning tweet, award-winning journalist Soledad O'Brien expressed her dismay with members of the 1980 Gold Medal-winning Olympic hockey team for celebrating their historic win over the then-Soviet Union -- dubbed the "Miracle on Ice" -- with Donald Trump while wearing "Make America Great Again" hats.

According to O'Brien, seeing them hand Trump a photo-op filled her with "disappointment."

Taking to Twitter, she wrote, " Ugh.... so disappointed by the @1980MiracleTeam . I loved watching that game as a kid with my dad. Loved watching the movie with my kids. To see them on a stage, in maga hats—kinda crushing I have to say."

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‘Nice deflection, Mr President’: Adam Schiff busts Trump for trying to blame him for his leaky administration

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Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) took a shot at President Donald Trump on Sunday morning after the president tried to blame him for the leak describing a classified meeting lawmakers had with an intelligence official who warned the bipartisan group that the Kremlin is trying to help the president get re-elected.

As the president prepared to leave the White House for India, he told reporters that Schiff was to blame for the leaked meeting story, with the president insisting he personally had not been briefed on the report explosive report.

Responding to a 'Meet the Press" clip of the president making his accusation, Schiff tweeted back: "Nice deflection, Mr. President. But your false claims fool no one. You welcomed Russian help in 2016, tried to coerce Ukraine’s help in 2019, and won’t protect our elections in 2020. Now you fired your intel chief for briefing Congress about it. You’ve betrayed America. Again."

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