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Here’s the surprising reason Romney just defied Trump on a judicial nominee

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Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) is certainly not former President Barack Obama’s biggest fan, but he took a stand on Tuesday against the White House and in defense of his former 2012 opponent in a surprising show of respect.

He cast the only Republican vote against judicial nominee Michael Truncale, who had been selected to preside over the Eastern District of Texas. Truncale had called Obama an “un-American imposter” in 2011, an insult that plays into the racist conspiracy theories that the former president wasn’t really a U.S. citizen. Even apart from the troubling bigotry that this comment seems to reveal, it is also just a blatantly partisan attack from someone who hopes to hold a seat as a fair-minded federal judge.

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And yet, Truncale was confirmed in a vote of 49-46.

He told the Senate during his hearing that he does not endorse so-called “birther” theories that posit Obama’s real birthplace was Kenya, not Hawaii, but Romney still opposed him.

“He made particularly disparaging comments about President Obama. And as the Republican nominee for president, I just couldn’t subscribe to that in a federal judge,” Romney told Politico. “This was not a matter of qualifications or politics. This was something specifically to that issue as a former nominee of our party.”

It’s a particularly interesting issue to break with President Donald Trump on, given that Trump made his name in politics by actively stoking birtherism And during the time when Trump’s political profile was rising, Romney sought out and received Trump’s endorsement for president.

But while the stand shows some integrity on Romney’s part, it’s hard to be sure how much credit to give him. He likely knew, after all, that his vote wouldn’t be the deciding factor in Truncale’s nomination. Showing some distance from Trump when the stakes are low may be an easy way for Romney to earn an unwarranted reputation for independence.

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Louie Gohmert’s daughter begs him to heed medical advice and not to follow Trump to ‘an early grave’

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In a statement posted to Twitter this Friday, the daughter of Texas GOP Rep. Louie Gohmert said that her father contracted the coronavirus because he chose to ignore medical expertise.

Gohmert’s daughter Caroline, who is also a recording artist known as BELLSAINT, said that “wearing a mask is a non-partisan issue.”

“The advice of medical experts shouldn’t be politicized,” her statement read. “My father ignored medical expertise and now he has COVID.”

“It’s not worth following a president who has no remorse for leading his followers to an early grave,” she added.

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Doctors fear Trump will lie about a vaccine to win the election

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There is a fear among many that the so-called "October Surprise" won't be another international scandal at the White House, but President Donald Trump announcing a vaccine, whether there is one or not.

Washington Post political columnist Greg Sargent explained in his Monday column that scientists are issuing a warning in a series of New York Times interviews. Either Trump will like and announce a vaccine that isn't ready or he'll rush the process to ensure a vaccine is ready, whether it is or not. Some of the scientists even work for the American government and have updated information on the status of a vaccine.

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GOP strategists fear a Kris Kobach nomination could cost Republicans greatly: ‘The Senate majority runs through Kansas’

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In Kansas’ Republican senatorial primary, voters will choose between former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Rep. Roger Marshall — who some GOP strategists believe is by far the more electable of the two. And according to Politico’s James Arkin, one of the prominent Republicans who is sounding the alarm is Kevin McLaughlin, executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

Although Kobach and Marshall are both hard-right politically, Kobach is more extreme — so extreme that even in deep red Kansas, he lost a gubernatorial race to a centrist Democrat in the 2018 midterms. That Democrat, Laura Kelly, is now governor of Kansas, where Kobach was a leading promoter of the racist “birther” conspiracy theory during the 2010s.

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