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Mike Pompeo wants to run for Senate — but can’t figure out a graceful way to resign: report

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For months, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been dogged by rumors that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is trying to recruit him to run for Senate in his home state of Kansas — a claim that he has flatly denied.

Now, Time reports that multipler Republican sources have confirmed Pompeo does in fact have a Kansas Senate run on his radar. The only problem is that he can’t figure out a graceful way to exit the Trump administration.

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Pompeo, who has largely remained in President Donald Trump’s good graces, has come under national scrutiny for his role in the Ukraine scandal, which has seen several foreign service officers and national security officials testifying that Trump set up a backchannel with his lawyer Rudy Giuliani to Ukrainian leadership to demand political help against former Vice President Joe Biden.

Over the past few weeks, Pompeo has made unusual stopovers in Kansas and given interviews to local radio shows, which further fueled speculation about his ambitions. If he were to run, he would likely have the backing of infamous GOP megadonor Charles Koch, who lives in the state.

Already, multiple other Republicans have declared runs for Senate in Kansas, including Congressman Roger Marshall and former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, and some Republican operatives are speculating it may be too late for Pompeo to easily clear the field. “If Pompeo was thinking he would cruise across the finish line on Trump’s coattails, he might want to rethink that assumption,” says one Kansas GOP lawmaker, noting that farmers in the state resent members of the Trump administration for losses from the trade war.

The eventual Republican nominee is a favorite to win the seat, vacated by retiring Sen. Pat Roberts, as Kansas has not elected a Democratic senator since 1936. But Democrats have a prized recruit in state Sen. Barbara Bollier, who was elected as a Republican before defecting over the GOP’s extreme policy positions.


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Wells Fargo has already hit stimulus cap as small businesses worry loans are running out: report

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On Monday, the Washington Post reported that Wells Fargo, one of the nation's largest banks, is already cutting off new applications for the government's small-business stimulus relief program.

"Wells Fargo didn’t begin taking applications until Saturday and by Monday morning said it reached the $10 billion cap it had set for loans under the program," wrote Renae Merle. "Small businesses, which employ nearly half of the United States’ private-sector workers, say they are facing long waits and rejection as they scramble to secure loans through the fund, known as the Paycheck Protection Program. Many banks are accepting applications only from existing customers or businesses of a certain size."

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Trump calls Joe Biden to discuss how to manage coronavirus pandemic: report

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On Monday, NBC News' Mike Memoli reported that President Donald Trump called former Vice President Joe Biden — his likely general election rival in November — to discuss how to manage the coronavirus pandemic.

NEWS: @JoeBiden spoke today with @realDonaldTrump about the nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a source with knowledge of the call tells NBC News.

— Mike Memoli (@mikememoli) April 6, 2020

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‘This president has muzzled science’: Doctor blasts Trump for ignorance over so-called ‘miracle drug’

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President Donald Trump refused to allow Dr. Anthony Fauci to answer what his opinion was about using hydroxychloroquine for coronavirus, something that hasn't been fully tested and has serious side effects. Dr. Kavita Patel explained that this is merely part of business as usual in the Trump White House.

"It couldn't be more obvious that this is an administration, this is a president that has stifled the press and in front of our very eyes muzzled science and I'm not sure -- I don't think we've even scratched the surface of understanding the depths of which this has happened, but you saw it play out on stage and unfortunately there are lives that are hanging in the balance," Dr. Patel said.

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