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Mick Mulvaney is trying to help Trump with ‘charm offensive’ so Republicans won’t abandon him

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On Wednesday, the Washington Post reported that White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney is planning to undertake a behind-the-scenes “charm offensive” over the next few weeks to try to reassure President Donald Trump’s GOP allies in Congress in the wake of his disastrous announcement that troops will be withdrawn from northern Syria.

The decision, which has already emboldened Turkish forces to begin bombing raids on the region and go after the Kurdish fighters who were allied with the United States, has been sharply criticized on both sides of the aisle, including by critical Trump applies like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).

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Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), another firm supporter of the president, has likewise expressed her horror, stating, “President Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. forces from northern Syria is having sickening and predictable consequences.”

Even Trump himself appears to have realized that his move was a mistake, as he has proclaimed that Turkey will be “destroyed” economically if in his “great and unmatched wisdom” their forces do anything bad.

It remains to be seen whether Mulvaney’s efforts can repair the divide.


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New Zealand may postpone general election after 4 test positive for COVID-19: PM Jacinda Ardern

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New Zealand locked down nursing homes nationwide Wednesday after a 102-day streak without the coronavirus ended, as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the outbreak could force her to postpone next month's general election.

Ardern said authorities were scrambling to trace anyone who had been in contact with four Auckland residents who tested positive Tuesday, ending the dream run in which the virus had been contained at New Zealand's borders.

A three-day stay-at-home order for Auckland, New Zealand's biggest city with a population of 1.5 million, was announced on Tuesday night and went into force at lunchtime on Wednesday.

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Android phones to get ‘ShakeAlert’ earthquake warnings — and phones may double as tremor detectors

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Android phones will receive warnings triggered by a "ShakeAlert" earthquake early-warning system implemented on the West Coast by the US Geological Survey and partners.

ShakeAlert uses signals from hundreds of seismometers across the state to trigger warning messages that "an earthquake has begun and shaking is imminent," according to the system's website.

"We saw an opportunity to use Android to provide people with timely, helpful earthquake information when they search, as well as a few seconds warning to get themselves and their loved ones to safety if needed," principal software engineer Marc Stogaitis said in a blog post.

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‘Don’t talk about racism, racist’: Trump scorched after claiming Biden-Harris campaign has a ‘racism problem’

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President Donald Trump continued to lash out at Kamala Harris after the California Democrat was chosen to join the 2020 Democratic Party ticket as presumptive nominee Joe Biden's running mate.

At a news conference following the selection, Trump complained about Harris being "nasty."

After 10 p.m. on Monday, Trump tweeted out an attack ad claiming "Joe Biden has a racism problem."

Here's some of what people were saying about Trump's line of attack:

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