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Former Bush appointee rips conservatives promoting nationalism based on Nazi ‘blood and soil’ rhetoric

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On Friday, a conservative member of a panel hosted by CNN’s Jake Tapper made a connection to comments used Republicans to similar rhetoric used by Nazi’s.

After, a mass shooting at a New Zealand mosque, several commenters pointed out the similarities between President Donald Trump’s hateful rhetoric to those who claim white nationalism.

“He may not be a white nationalist, but he has the support of all of these groups,” columnist Mehdi Hasan said.

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Conservative Linda Chavez, said the ideology spreading on the right is “disturbing.”

“We always talk about this in terms of white nationalism and white supremacy. But what’s happening in the conservative movement at least a wing of the conservative movement is even more disturbing,” she said.

“They dropped the word white, but nationalism is the rage now on the right. [They ] promote nationalism as a proper ideology. You have the president himself talking about turning us into a nationalist nation. When they talk about nationalism they are talking about a nation as defined by blood and soil. So it’s people who are here and who can trace it back to England,” she said.

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China lifts 76-day travel ban on Wuhan, center of the coronavirus pandemic

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The lockdown that served as a model for countries battling the coronavirus around the world has ended after 11 weeks: Chinese authorities are allowing residents of Wuhan to once again travel in and out of the sprawling city where the pandemic began.

As of just after midnight Wednesday, the city's 11 million residents are now permitted to leave without special authorization as long as a mandatory smartphone application powered by a mix of data-tracking and government surveillance shows they are healthy and have not been in recent contact with anyone confirmed to have the virus.

The occasion was marked with a light show on either side of the broad Yangtze river, with skyscrapers and bridges radiating animated images of health workers aiding patients, along with one displaying the words “heroic city," a title bestowed on Wuhan by president and Communist Party leader Xi Jinping. Along the embankments and bridges, citizens waved flags, chanted “Wuhan, let’s go!” and sang a capella renditions of China’s national anthem.

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Trump asked businesses to share stimulus success stories — it didn’t go well

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President Donald Trump on Tuesday asked his 76 million Twitter followers share stories of businesses finding success with the "Paycheck Protection Program" loan program that was part of the COVID-19 stimulus package.

"So remember something, hashtag 'America works together' -- that's for small businesses, send whatever it is in about how great this experience has been from the standpoint of us bringing you back," Trump said, in a video posted to Twitter.

"We're bringing small businesses back bigger and better than ever," Trump argued. "They'll be big businesses by the time we finish."

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Trump is using coronavirus as cover ‘to dismantle the rule of law and the Constitution’: Ex-FBI agent

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On MSNBC Tuesday, former FBI official Frank Figliuzzi laid into President Donald Trump for his recent moves to oust inspectors general who stand to subject him to serious oversight.

"Here we have a president who's exploiting a national crisis to move forward his own agenda, his own revenge, his own profit," said Figliuzzi to anchor Nicolle Wallace. "It's the very concept of what an inspector general stands for, Nicolle, that is opposed to everything that this president stands for. IGs stand for unvarnished truth, reporting the facts, crunching the numbers, the rule of law and compliance. That's what they do for a living, and it just rubs Trump the wrong way that someone is going to get the truth out."

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