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Trump is in real danger of losing in 2020 — even if the economy stays strong: CNN polling expert

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A new analysis by CNN polling expert Harry Enten argues that President Donald Trump is very vulnerable to being defeated in the 2020 presidential election — even if he still enjoys a strong economy one year from now.

In particular, Enten notes the remarkable weakness of Trump’s poll numbers despite the fact that the percentage of Americans who say the economy is doing well is the highest it’s been since 2001.

“An average of all polls shows his approval rating among voters is currently 43 percent,” Enten notes. “A year ago, it was 42 percent. Two years ago, it was was 45 percent. The disconnect is rather stunning and leaves analysts like myself left wondering whether the strong economy will eventually help lift Trump.”

Given that Trump has crowed about the state of the U.S. economy for the past two years and his approval ratings have remained consistently low, Enten wonders if there’s any amount of good economic news that can really change the game for him between now and 2020.

“Perhaps the biggest reason to be suspect of the idea that the economy will help Trump is that it hasn’t so far,” he argues. “We’ve had low unemployment and strong economic growth throughout the Trump administration and yet his approval rating has averaged just 42% since he took office.”

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And that’s not taking into account what will happen if the economy actually weakens over the next year, which Enten describes as a real possibility.

“The Federal Reserve is cutting its forecast for economic expansion in the coming year,” he writes. “That means Trump may have to count on the same economy or perhaps even a weaker one going forward to bring up his approval ratings up. The same economy that has left Trump with a 43 percent approval rating.”

Read the whole analysis here.

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Trump-loving news network hires Russian propagandist linked to 2016 election interference: report

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According to a report at the Daily Beast, a San Diego broadcasting operation that is vying with Fox News to catch the eye of Donald Trump is employing a reporter with links to Russian efforts to manipulate the 2016 election.

One America News Network (OANN), which was once home to Fox personality Tomi Lahren, now employs Kristian Brunovich Rouz, who joined the network and is still doing work with Russian government-run Sputnik.

According to the report, Sputnik "played a role in Russia’s 2016 election interference operation, according to an assessment by the U.S. intelligence community."

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FLASHBACK: Jeffrey Epstein accuser revealed there are tapes of famous men with underage girls

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A 2015 report is resurfacing on Raw Story as the Jeffrey Epstein trial begins and Washington and New York men fear being outed.

It appears that a series of QAnon Facebook groups and pro-Trump groups were the ones responsible for posting the story.

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Fox News is so obsessed with Ocasio-Cortez they said her name three times as much as CNN or MSNBC

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It's clear that Fox News and other right-wing reporters are trying to create boogymen in Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. A new analysis by CNN media reporter Brian Stelter, revealed that the conservative network has said Ocasio-Cortez's name more than CNN and MSNBC combined.

"First, Ocasio-Cortez and her "Squad" mate Ilhan Omar have been talked about a lot more on Fox than on other cable news channels this year," Stelter wrote. "Second, the freshmen have been getting more attention on cable than seasoned leaders of the Democratic Party."

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