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GOP worries that the NRA’s financial troubles will threaten Trump’s re-election: report

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The National Rifle Association is facing rough times.

The pro-gun organization has posted steep financial losses, faces state investigations and a potential loss of tax-exempt status over reports of corruption and misuse of assets, is being ripped apart by faction fighting and power struggles among the top leadership, and continues to feel the embarrassing fallout of the criminal investigation into how an admitted Russian agent infiltrated the group and influenced their politics.

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All of this, according to a report by The Guardian, has some Republican officials worried that the NRA will fail to deliver a Trump re-election in 2020.

Trump himself has also signaled his concern about the situation, urging the NRA in tweets to “stop the internal fighting” and “get back to GREATNESS – FAST!”

The NRA pumped over $54 million into the 2016 election cycle, to elect both Trump himself and his allies in the House and Senate. But during the 2018 midterm election, as their financial problems grew, the group spent only $9.4 million, and failed to win many key races.

In Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, for example, the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action backed the re-election of Rep. Karen Handel, who had only just won a special election the year before, only for her to lose to gun control activist Lucy McBath — a defeat that the NRA’s new president Carolyn Meadows blames on McBath being a “minority female.”

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“The reality is that the NRA absolutely helped Trump get elected, and probably to an extent greater than most people realize,” said former NRA spokeman John Aquilino to The Guardian. “The strongest NRA states are the swing states. Trump realizes that NRA support in those swing states is more important than political party affiliation for winning.”


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‘Morrison in the USA sucking up to Trump’: Aussies furious to see prime minister campaigning for Trump

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President Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison appeared at a rally in Ohio Sunday, prompting Aussies to complain that it's unacceptable for their leader to be campaigning for Trump.

Trump invited himself to a Houston, Texas rally with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, where he tried to campaign for the U.S. president with Indian-American voters. Sadly, however, nearly 80 percent of Indian-American voters cast their ballots for Hillary Clinton in 2016.

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Republicans love the Constitution — until it applies to them: Conservative columnist

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Conservative Washington Post columnist Max Boot unleashed on President Donald Trump's latest scandal he's calling Ukraine-gate. But when it comes to Republicans, he called them outright complicit.

In his Sunday column, Boot noted that a mob boss doesn't have to overtly say “pay up, or we will destroy your store” to be guilty of extortion. In Trump's case, he tends to say things in a way that it is understood what he wants people to do, according to former "fixer" Michael Cohen.

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Hate for Trump sets new record of Americans who can’t stand a president

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A new poll shows a record number of Americans can't stand the president of the United States.

According to the most recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal public opinion poll, an astounding 69 percent of Americans don't like Trump personally.

During the early 2000s, President George W. Bush enjoyed the benefit of Americans finding him likable and wanting to "have a beer" with the sober leader. That measure of "likability" has been a kind of inspiration for political leaders searching for voters based not on issues but on personality.

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