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McConnell-linked PAC threatens to blackball conservatives who challenge 2020 GOP incumbents: report

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On Friday, Politico reported that the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), along with the Mitch McConnell-affiliated Senate Leadership Fund super PAC, adopted a “zero-tolerance policy” to blackball consulting firms or Republican strategists who work for people mounting primary challenges to GOP incumbents.

The news came after a report that the Club for Growth, an anti-tax group that is heavily involved in Republican politics, is trying to recruit Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC) to challenge Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC).

Tillis, who was elected in the 2014 cohort that flipped the Senate to the GOP, is broadly considered to be one of the most vulnerable members standing for re-election in 2020. He angered President Donald Trump’s allies earlier this year when he wrote an editorial supporting the Democrats’ resolution to block the national emergency declaration to divert military funds to the president’s border wall. Tillis later flip-flopped and voted against the measure, but that did little to quieten the discontent of right-wing insurgents.

Already, GOP pollster John McLaughlin has come under fire for working with Garland Tucker, a businessman who is already planning to challenge Tillis. McLaughlin eventually bowed out of the job.

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Trump’s racist tweets hurt him with most voters — but helped him with Republicans: polls

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Polls are now in on President Donald Trump's vicious, racist attacks the four Democratic congresswomen of color referred to as "the Squad." And the new numbers, while bad for Trump, give insight into why he is so eager to keep the issue going.

A Reuters/Ipsos survey shows that while Trump's approval stands at a dismal 41 percent, and went down with Democrats and independents, it actually went up 4 points among Republican voters, to 72 percent.

A separate USA TODAY/Ipsos poll found that of the Americans who were aware of the controversy, 68 percent found Trump's behavior offensive — but 57 percent of Republicans said they agreed with him.

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‘White Identity Politics’ and white backlash: How we wound up with a racist in the White House

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Today's Republican Party is the largest, most powerful and most dangerous white racist organization in the United States -- if not the world. Donald Trump, the president of the United States, is its leader. These are plain if not understated facts. No embellishment is needed. The examples are many.  Over the last few days Donald Trump has repeatedly dug into his bucket of racist political scatology, saying on Twitter and elsewhere that four nonwhite members of Congress ("Progressive' Democrat Congresswomen," as he mockingly put it) should leave America and go back to their own "crime infested" and "totally broken" countries.

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Trump’s packed Supreme Court backs ‘forced arbitration’ that bars workers from taking abusive bosses to court

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Corporations are rapidly rendering sexual harassment, race and gender discrimination, life-threatening workplaces and wage theft immune to employee legal action.

They achieve this by forcing the vast majority of non-union private-sector workers to sign away their rights to go to court or use class or collective arbitration. Instead many millions of workers are being forced to forgo these efficient legal ways to resolve issues and to file individual arbitration claims.

A new report from the Economic Policy Institute and the Center for Popular Democracy says that by 2024 more than 80% of non-union private-sector workers will find courthouse doors chained shut by forced arbitration clauses that ban lawsuits and collective actions. (EPI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank created in 1986 to press the needs of low- and middle-income workers in economic policy discussions.)

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