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Trump writes most of his own tweets because he’s addicted to the ‘euphoria’ he gets from making people mad: report

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President Donald Trump writes most of his tweets himself, because he apparently enjoys the dopamine rush he gets from social media engagement.

The president frequently announces White House staffing changes or even foreign policy on his Twitter account, but how those sometimes misspelled and oddly capitalized tweets get made is a closely guarded secret, reported Politico.

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The website reported an anecdote about Trump interrupting a meeting with lawmakers over his announcement to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria to call for his social media adviser, Dan Scavino.

Trump asked the former golf caddy-turned-White House official to explain to the legislators how popular his policy appeared to be, based on the positive reaction the announcement had picked up on social media.

The president told Politico he writes most of his own tweets, but he admitted that sometimes Scavino and other aides helps him compose the messages “on occasion.”

At the start of his presidency, White House officials tried to stop Trump’s frequent and sometimes hastily composed tweets, or at least help craft the messages.

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Scavino would sometimes draft several tweets Trump could use as a “release valve” to let off steam, and ask the president to circle the one he liked best, according to a person close to the president.

But that setup didn’t last long, that source said.

Trump “wasn’t feeling the actual euphoria of typing the tweet himself,” the source said. “Then within 15 seconds seeing it blasted on one of the cable shows.”

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Social media companies intentionally exploit a “vulnerability in human psychology” to keep users distracted — and addicted, according to the founding president of Facebook.

“The thought process was, ‘How do we consume as much of your time and conscious attention as possible?’” said Sean Parker, who resigned from the company in 2005. “We … give you a little dopamine hit.”

Dopamine is a brain chemical that causes people to seek out enjoyment and pleasure — whether that’s food, sex, drugs or social media interaction.

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“And the dopamine system is most powerfully stimulated when the information coming in is small so that it doesn’t full satisfy,” according to Psychology Today. “A short text or twitter … is ideally suited to send your dopamine system raging.”


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‘The ground is shifting’: Longtime GOP aide sounds the alarm that Trump is putting Arizona in play

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Chuck Coughlin, who once served as a top aide to two different Republican governors in Arizona, is warning that President Donald Trump is putting his state in play for the 2020 presidential election.

In an interview with Politico, Coughlin said his party has expressed real anxiety about the state turning blue next year.

"Republicans are very concerned,” he said. "The ground is shifting."

At the moment, just 45 percent of Arizona voters have a favorable view of Trump, while 53 percent have an unfavorable view. Additionally, the victory of Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) in last year's midterm elections showed that Democrats can be competitive in statewide races in a place that became famous for electing iconic conservative senators such as John McCain and Barry Goldwater.

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PolitiFact corrects conservatives: The NYT Kavanaugh story has not been debunked

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The new report from The New York Times on the allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh contained some stunning new revelations — including that several people tried to contact the FBI to corroborate Deborah Ramirez's assault allegation but were ignored, and that prominent attorney Max Stier alleges he saw Kavanaugh take part in a third assault.

But conservative news sites are now running with the idea that the Times article has been discredited and that the paper has retracted its claims. PJ Media, a prominent right-wing site, ran the headline "New York Times Now Admits New Kavanaugh Accusation Is Fake News."

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Longtime GOP strategist explains why his party is getting crushed in the war of ideas

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Republican strategist Stuart Stevens on Wednesday warned the GOP that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) might not be a pushover candidate against President Donald Trump in 2020.

Writing on Twitter, Stevens admitted that he had "no idea" if Warren would beat Trump next year, but he did say that "Trump and supporters are destroying [the] credibility of any center-right argument" thanks to Trump's "corrupt and unstable" governance.

When one of Stevens' followers said that Warren would not be able to fulfill her promises just by taxing the wealthy, he countered that this idea is still more popular than anything Republicans are championing.

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