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Ivanka and Jared are too ignorant about how the real world works to realize how incompetent they are: NYT columnist

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In a harsh New York Times opinion piece, columnist Michelle Goldberg used a new book on Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner to make the case that they are the privileged children of the rich whose cushy lives never prepared them intellectually for the demands of the jobs handed to them by President Donald Trump.

“Many high achievers, particularly women and people of color, suffer from impostor syndrome, the fear that they don’t belong in the rarefied realm to which they’ve ascended and that they will soon be found out,” Goldberg began while noting that the first daughter and her husband have ever expressed any doubts about being up to the task.

This led the columnist to ask, “Why don’t they have impostor syndrome, given that their total lack of qualifications for the jobs they are doing makes them actual impostors?”

According to Goldberg, Ivanka and her husband are classic examples of the Dunning-Kruger effect, which states: “People tend to hold overly favorable views of their abilities in many social and intellectual domains. The authors suggest that this overestimation occurs, in part, because people who are unskilled in these domains suffer a dual burden: Not only do these people reach erroneous conclusions and make unfortunate choices, but their incompetence robs them of the metacognitive ability to realize it.”

As the columnist puts it, “Partly, the Jared and Ivanka story is about the ‘reality distortion field’ — a term one of [author Vicky] Ward’s sources uses about Kushner — created by great family wealth. She quotes a member of Trump’s legal team saying that the two ‘have no idea how normal people perceive, understand, intuit.’ Privilege, in them, has been raised to the level of near sociopathy.”

“Even if you assume that the couple are amoral climbers, their behavior still doesn’t quite make sense. Ward writes that Ivanka’s chief concern is her personal brand, but that brand has been trashed,” Goldberg explained adding, “A leading real estate developer tells Ward that Kushner, now caught up in multiple state and federal investigations, has become radioactive: ‘No one will want to do business with him’.”

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Nightmare scenario: Trump could lose by 5 million votes — but still win re-election by one electoral vote

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President Donald Trump could potentially win re-election next year by a single electoral vote.

In that nightmare scenario for Democrats, the president could lose the popular vote -- again -- but still narrowly eke out an electoral win by holding onto four states he carried in 2016, reported Axios.

Even if Democrats flip Michigan and Pennsylvania, increase their vote totals in California and come close to winning Texas -- which could give them 5 million more votes than Trump -- their candidate could still lose if Trump narrowly wins Arizona, Florida, North Carolina and Wisconsin.

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Hope Hicks’ latest obstruction just gave the Democrats a major weapon: report

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Hope Hicks didn't provide much information for Democrats in her testimony before the House Judiciary Committee -- but she may have cracked the stone wall the White House has built around former staffers.

President Donald Trump's former communications director -- and perhaps his most trusted aide outside his family -- claimed blanket immunity throughout her closed-door testimony, but Hicks still gave Democrats something in their legal battle against the White House, argued Margaret Carlson for The Daily Beast.

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A number of Democrats running for president are kind of weird about food

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The New York Times has posted a series of short videos of the Democratic candidates for president answering important questions, like what they propose to do about our broken health care system and just how crooked Donald Trump is. Because campaign coverage demands candidates be allowed “human” (debatable!) moments, the Times also asked the participating candidates about their go-to comfort foods on the campaign trail.

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