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‘Turning against Trump’: Sunbelt voters are leaving the president in droves — here’s why

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In a new report, the New York Times examines Democratic strategy ahead of the 2020 election, and the mood is upbeat for many Democrats, who say not only is the midwest back in play, but so are Sun Belt states such as Texas, Arizona and Florida.

The Times quotes Julián Castro, a former federal housing secretary who is running for the Democratic nomination, as especially bullish on Democratic chances next year, thanks to Trump failures.

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“The Sun Belt is clearly turning against him,” Castro, the former mayor of San Antonio, said of Trump in the Times story.

“I do think [Democratic] candidates can connect with growing, diverse states like Arizona, Texas, Florida and Georgia,” Castro continued.

The Times also quotes Gov. Tony Evers of Wisconsin in the new piece. Evers tells the newspaper that: “I think Wisconsin is very winnable [for Democrats]….but it has to be someone that speaks to the issues but also is viewed as rational.’’

When the Times asked Evers if the Upper Midwest represented Democrats’ fastest route back to the White House, he answered simply, “hell yes.”

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Never-before-seen tax docs show Trump’s businesses made themselves seem more profitable to lenders and less profitable to tax officials

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Documents obtained by ProPublica show stark differences in how Donald Trump’s businesses reported some expenses, profits and occupancy figures for two Manhattan buildings, giving a lender different figures than they provided to New York City tax authorities. The discrepancies made the buildings appear more profitable to the lender — and less profitable to the officials who set the buildings’ property tax.

For instance, Trump told the lender that he took in twice as much rent from one building as he reported to tax authorities during the same year, 2017. He also gave conflicting occupancy figures for one of his signature skyscrapers, located at 40 Wall Street.

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‘Make it a twofer’: Trump brutally mocked after claiming ‘rumor has it’ CNN’s president will resign ‘momentarily’

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President Donald Trump unleashed his second attack on the media over the course of less than 24 hours, this time attacking his top news target, CNN, as "a virtual fraud." The president also claimed "rumor has it" CNN's president, Jeff Zucker, "will be resigining momentarily?" (The typo is Mr. Trump's.)

Now that we have found out that @CNN is a virtual fraud, rumor has it that Jeff Zucker will be resigining momentarily?

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 15, 2019

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Trump and the end of the American myth of meritocracy

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The following is chock-a-block with spoilers for "Succession" Season 2, including the finale, so proceed with caution.For understandable reasons, the internet is all a-chatter about the final scenes of Season 2 of "Succession." On Sunday's finale, Kendall Roy (Jeremy Strong), who spent most of this season looking like a whipped puppy, finally stuck it to his old man, Logan Roy (Brian Cox), throwing the patriarch under the bus during a live press conference, during which Kendall was supposed to offer himself up as the fall guy for Waystar Royco's criminal behavior. It was a moment of Kendall showing spine and competence, and understandably, audiences cheered him on.
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