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GOP MASS EXODUS: Republican congressman in district Trump won by double-digits ‘retires’ to run for county seat

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Republican U.S. Congressman California

A four-term Republican U.S. Congressman who represents a district President Donald Trump won by double digits has just announced he is retiring at the end of his term. Rep. Paul Cook of California will run for a seat on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, according to the L.A. Times and The Hill.

Republicans, who know they cannot win back the House next year, are leaving in droves.

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Rep. Cook becomes the 18th Republican to announce they are leaving the U.S. House of Representatives this term. By comparison, only four Democrats have announced they are leaving.

Cook won re-election last November with 60% of the vote. His district is heavily pro-Trump. The district voted for the president over Hillary Clinton by nearly 16 points.

Cook leaves Congress with a thin but considerably anti-LGBT and anti-abortion record.


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WATCH: Self-proclaimed racist gets himself fired and arrested after harassing Black men

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On Tuesday, 12 News reported that a Scottsdale, Arizona man seen proclaiming himself a racist and shouting slurs at two Black men in a viral video on Friday has lost his job and been arrested.

"Records show Scottsdale Police arrested Paul Ng, who is now facing disorderly conduct charges," reported Erica Stapleton. "The arrest comes after a video of the incident went viral over the weekend."

In the video, Ng approached 25-year-old YouTuber Dre Abram and his roommate, who were recording in Old Town Scottsdale for their podcast near Ng's condo. On the video, Ng can be heard saying, "I'm a racist," and "This is a no n****r zone." Abram posted the encounter to his social accounts, and it spread rapidly, with 182,000 shares on Instagram alone.

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Ana Navarro fact-checks Trump team’s deceptively edited Biden video

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Ana Navarro fact-checked a video circulated by the Trump campaign, and broadcast by NBC News, that appears to show Joe Biden mixing up his 2020 opponent with George W. Bush.

The video clip came from an "I Will Vote" concert live stream from Sunday night, featuring the former vice president and Jill Biden, along with a number of celebrities, and President Donald Trump and his campaign seized on a momentary stumble to suggest the Democratic nominee was mentally unfit, reported The Daily Beast.

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Kayleigh McEnany defends ‘brilliant’ Trump for holding rallies amid COVID surge: ‘His plan is working’

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White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Tuesday called President Donald Trump's handling of COVID-19 "brilliant" and defended his decision to hold rallies in states with surging infection rates.

During an interview on Fox News, host Sandra Smith pointed out that COVID-19 positivity rates are rising in some of the states where Trump is holding campaign rallies.

According to Smith, positivity rates in Wisconsin have skyrocketed over the past two weeks.

"They're at a 28% positivity rate," the Fox News host observed. "More than one in four tests is coming back positive. In Nebraska, where the president will also visit today, a 21.5% positivity rate. So, does it help the president to continue to dismiss this virus and say that we're rounding the corner, Kayleigh?"

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