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Trump’s frantic conspiracy mongering is a distraction from looming recession: columnist

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Economists have grown concerned that President Donald Trump’s trade wars with China will trigger a recession.

Writing in the Washington Post, columnist Greg Sargent points out that Trump is scared about the economy — so he’s resorting to lies and spreading conspiracy theories as a distraction.

“As President Trump prepares to run for reelection on the claim that his populist nationalist agenda has been a smashing success, it’s awfully telling that Trump and his advisers have now launched a frantic, multi-front effort to deny glaring truths about that agenda that are all right there in plain sight, for all of us to see,” Sargent writes.

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“Trump is increasingly explaining away warning signs of a potential recession by resorting to lurid conspiracy theories.”

Sargent points out that Trump’s attacks on the Fed point to his increasing desperation. Then there’s his usual strategy of blaming everything on the media. “Trump claims the Federal Reserve is working against him. He also says the “Fake News Media” is fabricating recession fears — and exaggerating the damage of Trump’s trade war with China, a key driver of those fears — to cloud his reelection chances.”

One of the ways Trump is trying to obfuscate the failure of his economic program is by boasting about the wealthy American consumer, even though his tax cuts primarily benefited the rich.

“It’s certainly possible that this story might work among just enough Rust Belt voters to drive an electoral college win amid an even bigger popular-vote loss this time,” Sargent notes. “But it’s clear that Trump himself fears his story is at serious risk of failing him.”

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Deputy national security adviser accused by White House officials of being ‘Anonymous’ may be reassigned

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According to a new report from Axios, there's a discussion amongst top Trump officials about reassigning deputy national security adviser Victoria Coates to the Department of Energy from the National Security Council. Coates has been the target of some inside the White House who accuse her of being behind an op-ed in the New York Times -- and later a bestselling book -- which chronicled a resistance movement inside the Trump administration.

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Ex-Obama adviser offers three essential tips for any Democrat who wants to beat Trump

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Dan Pfeiffer, a former adviser to President Barack Obama and current host of the "Pod Save America" podcast, has written a piece in Politico that offers three essential tips for whomever the Democratic Party nominates as its candidate for president.

In particular, Pfeiffer looks at the major mistakes that Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) made when he ran against Obama in 2012, and which allowed Obama to win quite handily despite being stuck with an unemployment rate of 8 percent.

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White House advisers fear Trump’s passive approach to China is making the coronavirus worse

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President Donald Trump has already expended all of his political capital with China over his trade war and he is unwilling to pressure the country now that the coronavirus is getting closer and closer to pandemic status.

"U.S. health officials have been signaling for nearly two weeks now that a coronavirus pandemic may be on the horizon," wrote infectious diseases reporter Helen Branswell for STAT. "While stressing that the virus presents only a 'low risk' to Americans right now, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci, acknowledged Tuesday that that might not remain the case for long."

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