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GOP forces Trump pollster out of campaign to unseat president’s ally

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On Tuesday, Politico reported that President Donald Trump’s pollster, John McLaughlin, has withdrawn from working on the GOP Senate campaign of Garland Tucker amid Republican outcry.

Tucker, an investment company executive, is planning to mount a self-funded campaign against Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC), an ally of Trump and one of the most vulnerable GOP senators up for re-election in 2020. McLaughlin had planned to conduct polling for Tucker, but Senate Republican campaign officials were outraged at his plan to assist someone seeking to primary one of their incumbents.

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Tillis is, by most accounts, a loyal ally of the president, voting with his agenda nearly 95 percent of the time. But the senator attracted anger from Trump loyalists when he wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post supporting a Democratic resolution blocking the president’s declaration of a national emergency at the southern border. While Tillis eventually flip-flopped and voted to protect Trump anyway, the resentment did not vanish, with the result that he drew Tucker as a primary challenger.

McLaughlin, who is advising Trump’s 2020 campaign, is a well-known pollster whose outfit, McLaughlin and Associates, works closely with Republican candidates, although FiveThirtyEight gives McLaughlin’s internal GOP polls a C- rating in terms of reliability.


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‘Left wing hack’: Fox News fans lose it after anchor calls Ukraine allegations ‘a problem’ for Trump

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Fox News viewers lashed out at the network on Sunday after host Arthel Neville grilled New York Congressman Peter King (R) about President Donald Trump's alleged effort to get Ukraine to help him defeat Joe Biden.

Neville twice asked King about Trump's Ukraine scandal, and both times he evaded the question by saying that Congress does not have a right to know the details of Trump's conversations with foreign leaders.

On her third attempt, Neville got to the point by noting Trump's alleged actions are "a problem."

"We don’t know that it’s true, we hope it’s not true," the Fox News host said of the allegations against Trump. "But if there is a possibility that our president used his office to put pressure on a foreign government -- president-elect -- to dig into his possible, potential political opponent, then that’s a problem."

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New York Times battered on MSNBC for pushing smear of Hunter Biden in order to maintain access to Trump

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An "AM Joy" panel jumped all over the New York Times for pushing a widely debunked smear of Hunter Biden promoted by Donald Trump, saying the newspaper is more interested in maintaining their access to the Oval Office than debunking the lie.

Speaking with host Joy Reid -- who noted that her producers asked for comment from the Times but were rebuffed -- MSNBC regular Maria Teresa Kumar scorched the Times, as well as reporter Ken Vogel, for the uncritical parroting of the president's smear.

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Ukrainian journalist throws down gauntlet after Giuliani smear: ‘I express my readiness to testify’

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A Ukrainian journalist said on Sunday that he would be willing to testify to Congress against President Donald Trump's attorney, Rudy Giuliani.

After Giuliani unleashed a bizarre rant on CNN accusing Democrats of trying to get help from Ukraine in the 2016 election, Ukrainian journalist Serhiy Leshchenko wrote an op-ed exposing the accusation as a lie.

In his op-ed, Leshchenko explains:

Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine the Manafort revelations would become fodder for the U.S. elections in 2020. President Trump’s lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani, the mouthpiece of this campaign, is not only attempting to rehabilitate Manafort but is also working to undermine U.S. relations with Ukraine, which has been confronting Russian aggression on its own for more than five years. Giuliani and his associates are trying to drag our newly elected president, Volodymyr Zelensky, into a conflict between two foreign political parties, drastically limiting Ukraine’s room for maneuver in respect to the United States, perhaps its most important international partner.

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