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Rift emerges between McConnell and Trump as president seeks to turn impeachment ‘into a spectacle’: report

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As the Senate impeachment trial against President Trump looms, there’s a growing rift between Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as to how the trial should move forward, CNN reports.

McConnell is reportedly hoping for a speedy trial in order to avoid further “partisan warfare.” But according to CNN, Trump wants the “dramatic event” that the trial would likely produce, “hoping to turn it into a spectacle, which he thinks is his best chance to hurt Democrats in the election.”

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“Any difference of strategic opinion is as much a reflection of the fluid nature on what a Senate trial will entail, multiple people involved said,” CNN’s Kaitlan Collins and Phil Mattingly report. “McConnell himself has repeatedly said publicly that at this point, there simply isn’t an answer as to the length, structure or potential witnesses until the House moves further along with its articles of impeachment. For the moment, these people say, ideas or specific positions on how a trial should go are just that: ideas and opinions. The final form will likely be dictated by where McConnell’s 53-member conference stands on the issue in the weeks ahead.”

McConnell also reportedly wants a bipartisan resolution as to how the trial should proceed, and is planning to meet with Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer to work out such a resolution.

Read CNN’s full report here.


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Mitch McConnell continues to be haunted by this Confederate flag photo – but he says he has no regrets

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell explained the origins of an infamous photograph of himself standing in front of a Confederate flag.

The photo has circulated for years, and it's believed to have originated in the early 1990s at an event held at Big Spring Country Club by the Louisville-based John Hunt Morgan Camp 1342 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, reported the Courier-Journal.

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WATCH: Christian parent warns school district that wearing masks is a ‘pagan ritual of satanic worshipers’

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Wisconsin's Elmbrook School District is fully reopening for the coming school year -- a decision that was expectedly met with criticism. Nevertheless, the school is requiring students to wear masks while on campus, and a certain Christian parent took umbrage at the rule, saying social distancing and wearing masks are "pagan rituals of satanic worshipers."

"My kids are Christian they are not subject to wearing masks,” the woman, identified as Heidi Anderson, said at an Elmbrook Board of Education meeting on Tuesday.

"Six-foot distance and masks are pagan rituals of satanic worshipers," Anderson said. "Absorb that in. 6 feet. Where does 6 feet come from, people? Why is not 3? Why is it not 5? Why is it not 10? Why is it not 30? Why is it 6?"

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Trump-loving Catholic Priest accuses Biden-Harris supporters of wanting ‘terrorists’ and ‘bloodshed’

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A very pro-Trump Catholic priest went ballistic after the first joint public appearance of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris Wednesday afternoon, attacking Americans showing support for a Biden-Harris landslide.

"Those tweeting #BidenHarris2020Landslide with a desire for it are seeking a landslide of - bloodshed of #unborn babies - persecution of the church - economic debt - criminals in our neighborhoods - new terrorists in the world - taxes," wrote Father Frank Pavone. "And they don't have the integrity to face it."

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