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Trump pulls controversial intel chief nomination — and whines he’s been treated ‘very unfairly’

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Rep. John Ratcliffe, photo by Texas A&M University-Commerce Marketing Communications Photography

President Donald Trump on Friday announced that he is no longer nominating Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) to be his Director of National Intelligence — and then bitterly complained about his “unfair” treatment.

“Our great Republican Congressman John Ratcliffe is being treated very unfairly by the LameStream Media,” the president wrote on Twitter. “Rather than going through months of slander and libel, I explained to John how miserable it would be for him and his family to deal with these people. John has therefore decided to stay in Congress where he has done such an outstanding job representing the people of Texas, and our Country. I will be announcing my nomination for DNI shortly.”

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Trump’s decision to pull the Ratcliffe nomination is surprising, as the president nominated him just five days ago.

All the same, Ratcliffe’s nomination was beset by controversy the minute it was announced, as Democrats accused the president of naming an inexperienced loyalist who could not be trusted to handle America’s most closely guarded secrets.

Making matters worse, Ratcliffe was also busted for lying about his qualifications to serve as DNI. NBC News reported earlier this week that it could not find any evidence that Ratcliffe had ever successfully prosecuted any terrorists despite claiming to have “put terrorists in prison.”

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Days later, the Washington Post found that Ratcliffe similarly lied about having once arrested “300 illegal immigrants in a single day.”


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Trump takes his COVID-spreader show to Omaha — in search of a key electoral vote

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Donald Trump’s super-spreader campaign rallies generally don’t matter in the big picture of things. But there’s one happening this evening that’s a little different.

Trump will be taking over a ramp at 7:30 p.m. at Omaha’s Eppley Airfield. It is being billed as an outdoor event with “strong precautions” in place to prevent the spread of a pandemic disease that the main speaker will be telling his audience is fake news. And they’re hoping to draw 10,000 potential pandemic patients.

The reason Trump is in Omaha is the same one that President Barack Obama was there in 2008: a recognition that the Nebraska 2nd congressional district’s one electoral vote could literally decide the fate of the free world. Nebraska and Maine are the only two states that portion delegates in part by congressional districts.

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Trump’s lenders forgave hundreds of millions in debt — but he paid virtually no taxes on it: NYT

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On Tuesday, The New York Times released the latest in a lengthy series about their findings within President Donald Trump's tax returns — this time, how he managed to punt or avoid millions of dollars in debt from constructing the Trump Tower in Chicago, while still not paying taxes on the amount he was forgiven.

"The president’s federal income tax records, obtained by The New York Times, show for the first time that, since 2010, his lenders have forgiven about $287 million in debt that he failed to repay. The vast majority was related to the Chicago project," reported David Enrich, Russ Buettner, Mike McIntire, and Susanne Craig. "How Mr. Trump found trouble in Chicago, and maneuvered his way out of it, is a case study in doing business the Trump way."

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Militia leader denies that flying a Confederate flag is racist in NBC News exposé

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On MSNBC's Deadline White House Tuesday, correspondent Cal Perry spoke with a militia leader in Kentucky who denied that carrying a Confederate flag was a form of racism.

"There are photos of you carrying Confederate flags," Perry said.

"Some people don't. People in my group are Puerto Rico, Blacks, Cubans, I've got a mixture," said Tara Brandau of the National Patriotic Defense Team militia.

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