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Mitch McConnell says he doesn’t yet have the votes to block impeachment witnesses on Friday: report

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On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) reportedly told his caucus that he does not currently have the 51 Republican votes necessary to block additional witnesses in the Senate impeachment trial.

This comes despite other reporting from NBC News’ Geoff Bennett that McConnell was, in fact, confident he had the votes.

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McConnell has long been urging his caucus to vote down consideration of additional witnesses, wanting the trial to move quickly to a final vote. But multiple Republican senators have expressed a desire to learn more about former National Security Adviser John Bolton’s accusation that President Donald Trump directly told him there was a Ukraine quid pro quo.

Other senators, like Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), have suggested the GOP may call Adam Schiff and the Bidens to testify if Bolton is summoned.


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‘Detroit is burning right now’: Michigan doctor paints frightening picture of COVID-19 in her city on CNN

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A Michigan doctor on Wednesday painted a frightening picture of the coronavirus pandemic's impact on her home city of Detroit.

In an interview with CNN's Jim Sciutto and Poppy Harlow, Dr. Teena Chopra said that Detroit's medical system was getting overwhelmed at the moment.

"The resources are poor," she said of her situation at the Detroit Medical Center. "36 percent of the population are below the poverty line. Lack of education, lack of access to clean water supply -- I think all of these factors are social determinants and play a big role. that's why we're becoming the next epicenter with the trends we are seeing."

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‘You deserve to lose!’ Lindsey Graham gets shredded for begging for campaign cash during pandemic

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Sen. Lindsey Graham issued a somber plea for campaign donations during the coronavirus outbreak -- and he was met with furious mockery.

The South Carolina Republican faces a strong Democratic challenger in Jaime Harrison, as well as criticism from fellow Republicans, and he asked supporters for campaign donations for himself and prayers for health care workers on the front lines of the global pandemic.

"We're trying to starve, kill this disease, and we need to follow the guidelines, but there is a campaign afoot," Graham said. "The liberals want to take back the Senate, they want the White House, and they haven't stopped at all here against me, so I need your help."

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Media outlets pulling reporters from Trump press conferences because they’re a waste of time and a health risk: report

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According to a report from the Washington Post, major media outlets are choosing to take a pass on attending Donald Trump's daily press conferences because they have proven to be news-free and there is no sense exposing their reporters to the possibility of getting sick.

While the daily White House task force press conferences were intended to be a forum for members of the administration dealing with the pandemic to provide updates to an anxious public, they have now been taken over by the president where he makes off-hand -- and often incorrect -- statements when he is not battling with reporters.

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