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GOP county chair may not vote for Trump: ‘I’ve toyed with this whole idea of Pete Buttigieg’

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A Republican Party chairman from northeast Iowa is considering a vote for a Democratic candidate.

Neil Shaffer, who heads Howard County’s GOP, thinks President Donald Trump will again win support from voters who backed Barack Obama in 2012, but he’s been checking out the other party’s candidates, reported The Guardian.

“I’ve toyed with this whole idea of Pete Buttigieg just because I love his positive message,” Shaffer said. “That was what was so endearing about Ronald Reagan. It was always that shining city on the hill, Morning in America, tomorrow’s a new day, and it’s always going to be better.”

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“I went and saw Pete Buttigieg in Decorah,” he added. “Sounded very moderate, very positive. Hardly even mentioned Trump, which I like. I like to listen to the plans not just the negativity.”

Shaffer, who describes himself as a 60/40 Republican, likes most of what he’s seen from Trump — especially on the economy and judicial nominations — but he’s also troubled by the president’s divisiveness and hostility toward immigrants.

“Trump thinks the system’s a problem whereas Buttigieg or (Joe) Biden are going to say the system can fix the problems,” he said. “It’s a whole different way of looking at how to solve problems.”

“I think my libertarian leanings allow me to be more open-minded to both sides of the political spectrum,” Shaffer added. “I honestly wouldn’t have had a hard time voting for Bill Clinton. Pete Buttigieg, he’s got some cultural issues. Obviously, his gayness is an issue. But we elected our first black man as president and we came pretty darn close to having our first woman as president. So I don’t see that as that big of an issue today as it was 20 years ago.”

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‘People’s lives will be lost’: Psychiatrist warns ‘sociopath’ Trump is ‘getting worse’ — and failing in coronavirus response

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President Donald Trump's psychological problems are getting worse and could be consequential as America faces a potential COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell on Thursday interviewed Dr. Lance Dodes, a former assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

"As you pointed out, Lawrence, this man is about himself. He really is not about the country, he's not about public health," Dr. Dodes said of Trump.

"Although he has already severely damaged the country by being a psychopath or sociopath -- in many ways, he's damaged democracy -- I think people's lives will be lost now," he warned. "Individual lives will be lost because of the way he's mishandling the coronavirus issue."

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‘Something really rotten’: Here’s the evidence of extensive voter suppression in Georgia’s notorious 2018 election

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As the 2020 presidential campaign cycle grinds on, there’s renewed concern about the 21st century’s newest form of warfare: cyber-sabotage of government systems, including elections and online disinformation intended to incite unrest. But as Suppressed: The Fight to Vote, a documentary from Brave New Films, makes clear, partisan voter suppression tactics with 20th-century roots remain and can thwart multitudes of voters from changing their state’s political leaders.

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The real story behind Trump’s new lawsuit against the New York Times

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Wednesday was an ominous day for freedom of the press in this country, and I want to tell you why.

You may have heard or seen that President Trump filed a libel suit against the New York Times. Perhaps you weren’t surprised: the president is known to frequently disparage the Times even as he reads it obsessively. Borrowing a page from what I’ve referred to before as a Mount Rushmore of totalitarians, Robespierre, Hitler, Stalin and Mao, Trump loves to call the press the “enemy of the people.”

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