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Fox’s Shep Smith utterly destroys Trump’s rationale for closing the border and cutting Central American aid

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Fox News host Shepherd Smith on Monday utterly destroyed President Donald Trump’s entire immigration policy, saying his threats to cut aid to Central America, close the border, and build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico were no solution, and calling instead for comprehensive immigration reform.

“Critics say stopping the aid would make things worse back home in Central America and those countries, and create more movement north,” Smith said, reminding viewers that the vast majority of migrants were fleeing violence and poverty. “Closing the border doesn’t stop them.”

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“Even opponents admit it might be a scare tactic for the Mexicans,” he added. “But closing the border would stop legal movement and jobs and trade and tourism.”

Closing the border wouldn’t stem the tide of asylum seekers either, who only “need two feet on American soil to apply,” Smith went on. “But because the U.S. is so backlogged and obviously under-resourced, it can take years, and as we’re no seeing so clearly, we’re not equipped to house them.”

“And before you say ‘build the wall,’ experts remind that alone would not work, because for hundreds of miles, especially along the Rio Grande, any wall would be required well inside the American border,” Smith added. “Asylum seekers would be on the U.S. soil long before reaching any proposed wall.”

“So what’s the real solution?” he asked. “Comprehensive immigration reform is required. But under current political conditions, both sides admit that’s not happening.”

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The FDA repeatedly stood up to Trump on coronavirus — and even won some victories: NYT

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President Donald J. Trump has repeatedly tried to undermine the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (F.D.A.) and now, with just two weeks until Election Day, the world is learning more about the behind-the-scenes battles that have shaken these governmental entities to the core.

Approximately two weeks after Trump's release from Walter Reed Medical Center, there is no "cure," as the president stated, and he is not "immune." No one is immune - and there is no successful vaccine, regardless of how much Trump claims one will arrive before Nov. 3. The F.D.A. published the guidelines in briefing materials to an advisory committee that will discuss them on Thursday, effectively making them official. To be clear, the F.D.A.has not approved Trump's miraculous cure of a cocktail - even though he has claimed differently.

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America is on pace for record-shattering early voter turnout — including in critical states: report

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On Tuesday, The Washington Post reported that voters are casting early ballots in numbers on track to set a historic record — including in some critical battleground states.

"Early-voting counts suggest a record level of civic participation before Election Day. The tens of millions of ballots already cast show highly enthusiastic voters are making sure their votes are counted amid a pandemic," said the report.

15.8 million people in battleground states have already voted, and in some states, like Michigan and Wisconsin, more people have voted early so far than did in the entire early voting period of 2016. In North Carolina, meanwhile, 2 million ballots have been cast — more than double the same amount at this point in 2016.

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Pro-Trump activist who claims he’s from the future will represent himself against federal charges for stealing NFL brain scans

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On Tuesday, The Daily Beast's Will Sommer reported that Austin Steinbart — a QAnon activist controversial even within the pro-Trump conspiracy world — plans to act as his own attorney in an upcoming federal criminal case.

Some QAnon news: QAnon figure Austin Steinbart, who goes by the alias "Baby Q" and has claimed to be the leader of QAnon visiting from the future via time travel, just filed to act as his own attorney in a federal felony case. What could go wrong?

— Will Sommer (@willsommer) October 20, 2020

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