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WATCH: Trump’s North Carolina rally where he’ll explain why he’s not a racist

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President Donald Trump will deliver a speech to a North Carolina audience Wednesday. The rally was designed to respond to the testimony of former special counsel Robert Mueller, but after the hearing date was moved, it left Trump without an adversary.

After starting a fight with four Congresswoman of color, Trump is now expected to justify his tweets telling the women to go back where they came from. The Trump campaign has struggled to convince Americans that Trump never said those words, instead, he told the women to leave the U.S. if he doesn’t like it. The phrase is a racist trope typically used by white nationalists.

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Since Trump tweeted the comments Sunday, political commentators have noted that Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan, presumes that America isn’t great, and he should follow his own advice if he’d displeased with the United States.

The rally is set to begin at 7 p.m. EST, though sometimes Trump can run behind. You can watch the video below:

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Morning Joe uses Fox News report to ridicule Trump’s business skills in coming trade deal with China

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During a discussion on bad economic reports indicating that the U.S. may be heading for a recession, "Morning Joe" host Joe Scarborough first mocked President Donald Trump's business acumen before predicting that he will cobble together a bad deal with China in hopes of slowing down the economic slide before the 2020 election.

Using a report he heard on Fox News, which predicted that same scenario, the MSNBC host noted that China knows they have the president over a barrel.

"I actually heard this on Fox News last week. somebody expressing real concern that the Chinese already know that, for Donald Trump, the only sort of economic trick he has left in his bag is to come to a resolution on the trade war with China to get the economy going," Scarborough recalled. "Well, if we all know that, then the Chinese leaders know that. Xi [Jinping] knows that."

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US economists expect recession in 2020 or 2021: survey

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A majority of economists expect a US recession in the next two years, but have pushed back the onset amid Federal Reserve actions, according to a survey released Monday.

The survey came out after President Donald Trump pushed back against talk of a looming recession as a raft of US data reports last week showed a mixed picture on the economy.

"I'm prepared for everything. I don't think we're having a recession. We're doing tremendously well. Our consumers are rich," Trump told reporters Sunday.

"I gave a tremendous tax cut, and they're loaded up with money. They're buying. I saw the Wal-Mart numbers, they were through the roof," he said.

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Rape rows risk taking sheen off starry Venice film festival

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The star-studded Venice film festival opens Wednesday with a row raging about the inclusion of controversial directors Roman Polanski and Nate Parker.

With only two women directors out of 21 in the running for its Golden Lion top prize, campaigners have lashed the festival -- now the launchpad for the Oscars.

Director Alberto Barbera said last year that he would rather quit the 11-day event -- where three of the last five Oscar best picture winners were premiered -- than give in to pressure for quotas.

But feminist critics have only upped their attacks, accusing the festival of "almost comically scant levels of self-awareness".

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