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Trump attempts damage control after tweeting — then deleting — admission that Russia helped him get elected

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Donald Trump on Thursday spoke with reporters on the South Lawn of the White House after the president appeared to admit that the Russian government helped him get elected in 2016.

In a Twitter thread this morning, Trump claimed to have “nothing to do with Russia helping me to get elected,” which appears to be the first time the president has even acknowledged that Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election was aimed at elevating him to the White House over his rival, Hillary Clinton. Trump has previously told Fox News’ Sean Hannity that Russia would have preferred the former secretary of state win over him.

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In a gaggle with reporters shortly after deleting the tweet, Trump railed against impeachment and special counsel Robert Mueller, who he called “a true never Trumper.” He also tried to backtrack on his tweet about Russia.

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The president also seemed to confirm Wednesday’s report from the Wall Street Journal which described efforts to hide the USS John S. McCain during his visit to Japan. Trump called the plan “well-meaning.”

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Trump’s lawyers are trying to tell Appeals Court they actually won the taxes lawsuit — but are still appealing

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President Donald Trump's lawyers sent out a bizarre letter to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, making the case that they actually won their case to keep the president's taxes a secret. It's an odd take given that they're filing for an appeal.

Oct. 7, a federal judge dismissed Trump's efforts in a 75-page opinion calling the White House claim "extraordinary."

U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero explained that no occupant of the White House enjoys "absolute immunity from criminal process of any kind." Such a position "would constitute an overreach of executive power."

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Nate Silver claps back at right-wing pollster for accusing him of fraud

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One of the worst-performing national pollsters in the 2018 election cycle was Rasmussen Reports, a right-leaning outfit that is consistently the only one to show President Donald Trump with a net positive approval rating. In 2018, Rasmussen showed Republicans leading the generic congressional ballot by 1 point — but Democrats won the popular vote by 8.4 points.

Nonetheless, Rasmussen is proud of its methodology and particularly irritated when polling analyst and FiveThirtyEight founder Nate Silver points out their inaccuracy. Over the past two weeks, they have twice accused him of "fraud" and characterized his analyses as "corrupt."

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Trump told Republicans he didn’t care ‘about terrorists 7,000 miles away’

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President Donald Trump reportedly doesn't care about terrorists, according to sources inside the room after Democrats abandoned the Wednesday meeting with the president.

Washington Post Congressional reporter Mike DeBonis said that the president said "several times" in the meeting that he isn't concerned about terrorists that live 7,000 miles away.

The source said that Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) had to remind the president that the Sept. 11 terrorists "came from 7,000 away" themselves.

https://twitter.com/mikedebonis/status/1184592170545745920

The president has neglected to understand terrorists can attack the U.S. on North American soil as well as at embassies, military bases, international sporting events, or even Trump's properties. It would be simple for ISIS to use a car bomb to attack Trump's property in Indonesia, as an example.

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