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New Jersey Governor unloads on ‘pathetic’ Blue Dog Dem switching parties: ‘He put politics over the constitution’

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New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy blasted Rep. Jeff Van Drew (D-NJ) for being “pathetic” after reports he would become a Republican.

Murphy, a Democrat, was interviewed by MSNBC’s Yasmin Vossoughian on Sunday.

“I think it’s ridiculous,” Murphy said.

‘He put politics over the constitution,” he continued. “He’s trying to be cute instead of being courageous.”

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“I think it’s outrageous. this is a guy who is trying to find a path to get re-elected to Congress, not trying to find a path to do the right thing,” Murphy said.

and we’ve seen it all over new jersey, all around the country, folks who stand up with conviction and courage and state their case more often than not, far more often enough folks say notwithstanding how tense and passionate this discussion is, they get credit for that, as opposed to cutting and running.

“I think it’s pathetic. We’ll win that seat back,” he vowed.

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Texas hospitals are running out of drugs, beds, ventilators and even staff

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Many Texas hospitals are no longer accepting transfer patients in order to maintain space for a surge that’s expected to come. In some parts of the state, it’s already here.

A coronavirus patient in Anahuac was flown by helicopter to a hospital in El Campo — 120 miles away — because closer facilities could not take him.

Ambulances are waiting up to 10 hours to deliver patients to packed Hidalgo County emergency rooms.

And short-staffed hospitals in Midland and Odessa have had to turn away ailing COVID-19 patients from rural West Texas facilities that can’t offer the care they need.

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Donald Trump makes last-minute pitches for Tony Gonzales, Ronny Jackson in Texas congressional runoffs

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The president held tele-town halls Monday night with the two candidates he has endorsed in two of Texas' most heated Republican primary runoffs.

President Donald Trump made a late push Monday night for two candidates he has endorsed in hotly contested Republican primary runoffs in Texas.

With hours until polls open, Trump joined tele-town halls for Tony Gonzales and Ronny Jackson, who are vying for the nominations to replace retiring Reps. Will Hurd, R-Helotes, and Mac Thornberry, R-Clarendon, respectively. Hurd's seat is one of Democrats' top pickup opportunities nationwide, while Thornberry's is one of the reddest in the country — and gives Trump the opportunity to install a loyal ally in Jackson, the former White House doctor.

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US prosecutors say Epstein’s ex-girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell should not be granted bail

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Ghislaine Maxwell cannot be trusted to be freed on bail while facing charges she helped advance Jeffrey Epstein's sexual abuse, and deserves no "special treatment" because she might contract Covid-19 in jail, U.S. prosecutors said on Monday.

Prosecutors urged Maxwell's continued detention one day before her scheduled arraignment on charges she helped the late financier recruit and eventually abuse girls from 1994 to 1997, and lied about her role in depositions in 2016.

Maxwell is in federal custody at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn. She was arrested on July 2 in Bradford, New Hampshire, where authorities said she had been hiding out at a 156-acre (63-hectare) property she bought last December.

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