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Jake Tapper explains why Pence’s denial of 25th Amendment bombshell isn’t much of a denial

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According to Vice President Mike Pence’s spokesperson, a claim in an upcoming tell-all book that says he was potentially open to using the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from office is “fake news.”

Excerpts from The Warning, written by an anonymous Trump administration official, say top White House aides believed Pence would support using the 25th Amendment if a majority of the Cabinet agreed to it. But CNN’s Jake Tapper says that Pence isn’t actually rebutting what’s in the excerpt.

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“It doesn’t say that Vice President Pence discussed the 25th Amendment,” Tapper said this Thursday. “What I was told by a source close to the publishing of this book is that [the Huffington Post reporter] who first broke the story last night, is that his reporting is accurate. That reporting says, according to Anonymous, did a back of the envelope tally of which cabinet officials might sign off on the 25th Amendment to get rid of President Trump.”

“Now, we should point out that these discussions were never formalized, the cabinet was never polled on this issue in any formal way, and it never came to Vice President Pence, so when he says he never discussed it, that’s entirely possible but not at all inconsistent with this excerpt.”

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A whopping 14 percent of new US COVID-19 cases are coming from Texas

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With the daily number of new coronavirus infections in Texas now exceeding that of most other states, experts say Texas has become a hot spot of the global pandemic and that more aggressive measures are needed to slow the virus’ spread.

Texas’ new confirmed cases of the coronavirus now make up around 14% of the U.S. total — measured by a seven-day average — a significantly higher proportion than its 9% share of the nation’s population. Since July 1, the U.S. has reported 358,027 new infections. Of those, 50,599 were in Texas.

On Tuesday, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported more than 10,000 new cases — representing nearly 20% of the nation’s new cases for the day. It could be a “catch-up” from the July 4 holiday, DSHS spokesman Chris Van Deusen said, noting that numbers reported Sunday and Monday were lower.

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Devastating new ad uses Ronald Reagan’s words against Trump to stunning effect

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The Lincoln Project is not the only right-wing group that has been creating attack ads slamming President Donald Trump. Another is Republican Voters Against Trump, which uses the words of President Ronald Reagan in its latest video to illustrate Trump’s failures as president.

In the ad — which lasts one minute and 40 seconds — RVAT contrast Reagan’s words with images of the U.S. during the Trump era. The message is not subtle: Under Trump, the United States is a long way from Reagan’s vision for the country.

The ad isn’t aimed at liberals and progressives, many of whom would argue that Reagan’s economic policies were bad for the American working class during the 1980s. It asks Republicans: “Has your party left you?”

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The sheep-like loyalty of Trump supporters is starting to backfire

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Donald Trump thinks his voters are morons. This universal truth was once again demonstrated this week by a Facebook ad working Trump’s new statue-oriented campaign strategy. The ad declared, “WE WILL PROTECT THIS” and featured a photo of … no, not some racist-loser Confederate general astride a horse but “Cristo Redentor,” the famous statue of Jesus Christ that sits atop Mount Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro, which, for those keeping track, is not in the United States but in Brazil, a sovereign nation in a different continent.

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