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Indicted GOP congressman denies he knows the ‘friend’ making white power sign in campaign account photo

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On Monday, Roll Call reported that Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) is denying that he knows a man who was flashing a “white power” sign in an official Fourth of July campaign photo.

His campaign initially claimed that the man, Kris Wyrick, was a “stranger in the crowd” after deleting the Facebook and Twitter images of him posing next to Hunter holding up the “OK” sign, which white nationalists have appropriated because the three upright fingers next to the joined index and thumb vaguely resemble the letters “WP” for “white power.”

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But Wyrick disputed this claim, insisting that “I know him personally. And I know his family personally.” The campaign has since admitted that Hunter does at least know Wyrick from some other campaign events.

This marks the latest of many political blunders for the heavily pro-Trump Hunter, including admitting he desecrated an enemy corpse while in the Marines and posing for a photo with a “border wall” that was considerably inland from the border.

Most notably, Hunter has been mired in controversy since he and his wife were indicted last year for stealing campaign funds for personal use and falsifying spending reports. Campaign expenses were reportedly used for everything from trips to Europe to dental appointments to bar tabs. He reportedly tried to dress up some of these campaign expenses as going to “wounded warriors,” and texted “tell the Navy to go f**k themselves” after they refused to let him tour a base to make it look like his luxury vacation was a legitimate campaign event.

Hunter initially tried to blame the whole thing on his wife, but this was thrown into doubt after prosecutors alleged he also spent a great deal of campaign money on mistresses. His wife is now reportedly cooperating with prosecutors.

Despite this, he narrowly won re-election to his heavily conservative Southern California district in 2018, partly due to a series of Islamophobic attacks on his Palestinian-Mexican opponent Ammar Campa-Najjar, who isn’t even a Muslim. Campa-Najjar is planning to run again in 2020.

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Bill Barr and Trump desperately want to blame Antifa for violence — but they’re coming up dry so far

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President Donald Trump has turned his wrath on Antifa during the George Floyd protests, demanding Antifa be labeled a terrorist organization and accusing the movement of committing acts of violence at demonstrations. But journalists William Bredderman and Spencer Ackerman, in the Daily Beast, threw cold this week on efforts to blame the leftist group.

They found that “none of the 22 criminal complaints representing the first wave of protest charges mention Antifa in any way.”

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Fox News poll spells doom for GOP in Arizona

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The GOP's chances in Arizona have not looked this bad in years.

This article first appeared in Salon.

A new Fox News poll of registered voters in the Grand Canyon State shows Democrat Mark Kelly miles ahead of Republican Sen. Martha McSally — 50% to 37% — with 8% undecided.

Further, McSally's problems appear to come from within her own party. While Kelly enjoys the support of nearly 90% of Democrats, only 73% of Arizona Republicans back McSally.

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Trump may come to regret his big celebration of a small dip in unemployment

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Though the unemployment rate remains in the double-digits, the official unemployment numbers are slightly lower than economists expected, prompting self-congratulations by President Donald Trump.

This article first appeared in Salon.

But experts say celebration is premature.

Indeed, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the unemployment rate fell from 14.7 percent in April to 13.3 percent in May as the economy added 2.5 million jobs. The high April number was the worst that the American workforce had seen since monthly record-keeping began in 1948, and almost certainly the worst since the Great Depression. White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett predicted last month that unemployment would rise above 20 percent, a view that was widely shared by economists.

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