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Trump’s attempt to unskew impeachment polls just hilariously backfired

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President Donald Trump for the past week has frantically tried to convince his supporters that support for his impeachment is still low — despite the fact that multiple reputable pollsters have found support for impeaching the president has increased dramatically.

According to the polling average as calculated by FiveThirtyEight, an estimated 50.3 percent of Americans now support impeachment, while 43.8 percent oppose impeachment. This is a stark contrast from just one month ago when support for impeachment was at only 40 percent, while opposition was at 51 percent.

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As the Washington Post’s Philip Bump documents, Trump has responded to this by trying to “unskew” the polls by re-weighting them with different partisan leans.

In particular, Bump takes apart Trump allies’ attempt to accuse Fox News’ latest poll of oversampling Democrats, despite the fact that a careful analysis of partisan breakdowns shows the poll weighted partisan representation properly.

“Most independents typically vote with one party or the other,” Bump explains. “Democrats and Democrat-leaning independents make up 49 percent of the population — about where the Fox News poll had them.”

The coup de grâce for Trump’s impeachment polling debacle, however, came on Tuesday morning when the man who at one time was the president’s favorite pollster found support for impeachment hitting new highs.

Rasmussen Reports founder Scott Rasmussen revealed that a new poll that he has conducted with HarrisX shows that 50 percent of Americans now support impeachment, while just 38 percent say they’re opposed.

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‘Donald Trump is going to get indicted’ when New York gets his tax returns: David Cay Johnston

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On Saturday's edition of MSNBC's "AM Joy," Pulitzer Prize-winning Trump biographer David Cay Johnston predicted that the Supreme Court's decision on President Donald Trump's tax returns will lead to an indictment from New York prosecutors.

"What do you think might be out there?" asked host Joy Reid.

"Well, Donald Trump has already had two income tax fraud trials by the state of New York and the city of New York," said Johnston. "They were civil fraud, not criminal fraud. The New York Times in October of 2018, in this brilliant project on Trump's taxes based on records we know came from his niece — without question, he and his siblings are major-league tax cheats."

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More than 20 million people face eviction by the end of September as GOP threatens to cut aid: study

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One in five Americans who live in rentals could face eviction by the end of September as Congressional Republicans move to cut off unemployment assistance and other coronavirus relief, according to an analysis by the Aspen Institute.

This article first appeared in Salon.

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Tucker Carlson’s ex-lead writer has a history of racist, homophobic and misogynistic social media posts

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Blake Neff, the lead writer of The Tucker Carlson Show on FOX News, resigned on Friday after CNN uncovered a trove of disgustingly racist, homophobic and misogynist social media posts that Blake published under the handle “CharlesXII” on AutoAdmit (aka. XOXOhth), a largely unmoderated message board used by lawyers and law school students.

Among Neff’s most telling posts are a reference to “foodie faggots,” a comment stating, “Black doods staying inside playing Call of Duty is probably one of the biggest factors keeping crime down,” and another comment stating that Democratic U.S. House Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib, all women of color, want to “MAKE YOUR COUNTRY A DUMPING GROUND FOR PEOPLE FROM THIRD WORLD SHITHOLES.”

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