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GOP lawmaker defends Trump by dubiously claiming he didn’t kill anyone when he blocked Ukraine aid

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At Wednesday’s impeachment hearing, Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) tried to defend President Donald Trump’s conduct by suggesting that nobody was killed by his decision to withhold military aid while trying to extort Ukraine into helping him dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden’s family.

“We can make up facts or not make up facts, but there is one fact needs refuting that’s the idea that lives were lost during the pause,” said Collins. “Undersecretary Hale testified that the funds were prospective, bear in mind, in future — this is future assistance. This is not keeping the army going now, it’s to help them in the future. To be careless with the facts on primetime, to say people’s lives were lost in this, is categorically wrong.”

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In fact, many soldiers died during the window that Trump froze the aid. It is true that the aid wouldn’t have brought extra firepower for the Ukrainians immediately, but there is no way to say it did not contribute to the deaths, because the failure to release it may still have emboldened enemy forces. Additionally, whether the delay actually resulted in deaths is not material to the question of whether holding it up was an abuse of power.

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Bob Woodward’s new book about Donald Trump captures the ‘rage’ of the president

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President Donald Trump let long-time reporter Bob Woodward in again to write another book about him. This one will be called Rage, scheduled to be released Sept. 15.

According to a CNN exclusive, Woodward did more than a dozen interviews with the president for the book at the White House, Mar-a-Lago and over the phone.

Woodward's previous book Fear, was attacked by the president as "lies" and using "phony sources." In this case, Trump is the source. He was previously furious when his staff didn't tell him about Woodward's multiple attempts to interview him for Fear.

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CNN’s Jake Tapper unleashes tweetstorm after Trump campaign twists his words on Charlottesville to attack Biden and Harris

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CNN host Jake Tapper took to Twitter Wednesday evening after President Donald Trump's campaign sent out talking points twisting Tapper's words and those of his political panel.

According to Tapper, the talking points mischaracterize Tapper to make it sound like he was defending Trump's claims of "very fine people on both sides" of the Charlottesville rally. The Charlottesville rally, as you might recall, was a gathering of white supremacists and neo-Nazis who chanted "Jews will not replace us," and ran a car into a crowd of peaceful counter-protesters, killing Heather Heyer.

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‘Where were you in April guys?’ Sports columnist shreds GOP senators’ ‘tantrums’ over college football cancellation

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A sports columnist on Wednesday hammered Republican lawmakers who are complaining about college football being cancelled even though they spent months doing nothing to contain the novel coronavirus pandemic that so far has killed more than 165,000 Americans.

Appearing on CNN, USA Today's Christine Brennan argued that we could be seeing college football begin right now if public officials had done the necessary work to contain the pandemic earlier this year.

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