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Trump campaign frantically announces new ‘polls’ to counter data that shows him losing — but there’s one problem

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Frantically trying to contain the embarrassment after President Donald Trump fired his own internal pollsters for showing him trailing Democrats in key states he previously carried, the Trump campaign is now trying to claim that the bad polls are relying on old numbers and they have newer data that is much more favorable to the president.

But as CNN’s Abby Phillip explained on Tuesday evening to anchor John Berman, there’s a major problem with the new numbers — they aren’t actually matching Trump up with Democrats.

“Despite what the president said publicly about this polling being fake, your sources tell a different story,” said Berman.

“Absolutely, John,” said Phillip. “The president wants the world to believe that he is at the strongest position today as he has ever been, but the numbers just simply don’t bear that out and the president’s campaign is not denying the poll numbers exist. They’re just trying to downplay them, trying to say that the numbers are old. Trying to say that have done new polling that’s not even comparable to the original reporting. They are talking about issue area polling.”

“They are saying they polled certain issues and that the president’s version of those issues polled better than the Democrats’ version, but that’s very different from a head-to-head poll,” said Phillip. “And that’s why you’ve seen the president really lash out here really pushing his campaign to deal with the issue of the leak, more so than the underlying problem, which is what is going on with President Trump and these battleground states and why is it that at this stage in the presidency, with the economy going so well, he seems to be having such a hard time.”

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NYT columnist says one of Trump’s friends begged him to talk him out of launching war with Iran

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On Monday, Thomas Friedman of The New York Times spoke to CNN's Anderson Cooper, following President Donald Trump's attacks on him for calling his behavior racist in a recent article. The president accused him of "kissing [his] a**" in an Oval Office phone call.

Speaking to Cooper, Friedman denied Trump's characterization of their discussion.

"The president tweeted about a private conversation we had and lobbed in a few insults," said Friedman. "Basically, my response, which I put out on Twitter is that I was encouraged by a friend of his to speak to him after the downing of the American drone, because I thought it was wise that we not retaliate, and I thought he was wise not to retaliate, and this friend of his wanted me to encourage him in that, because he was evidently agonizing a little over that not retaliating. And I did that. I began the conversation by saying that 'I disagree with you, Mr. President on many things, but I think you did the right thing on this.' We talked for about four minutes. We also talked about China and we left it at that."

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Here are 3 things Americans must hear from Mueller’s testimony: Democratic senator

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No one can say with certainty what former special counsel Robert Mueller will tell the American people when he testifies before the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees on Wednesday.

But on Monday, Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) told CNN's Wolf Blitzer the broad strokes of what Mueller will be expected to say — and what the American people should be listening for if they are not yet convinced President Donald Trump has committed impeachable offenses.

"Do you think there are Americans out there who still haven't made up their mind on this issue of impeachment, obstruction of justice, collusion and all of that?" Blitzer asked her. "Have the American people moved on?"

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Trump is becoming more hawkish on Iran — and he’s running out of options: report

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So far, one of the only pieces of good news in the escalating tensions between the United States and Iran is that President Donald Trump has been reluctant to use military force, taking his cues in part from Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who has personally warned him that it would end his presidency — resisting the urges of his most trigger-happy advisers like John Bolton.

Now, however, the president appears to be having second thoughts as it becomes clearer that he will not be able to broker a better deal than President Barack Obama's nuclear agreement, and is starting to view the conflict more hawkishly, reported CNN's Kaitlan Collins on Monday.

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