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‘Traitor Thom Tillis’ blasted by angry North Carolina voters who want to throw him out for impeachment vote

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Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) was harshly criticized on Friday after voting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to block witnesses from testifying during President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial.

Tillis is facing voters in 2020 as he stands for his first re-election.

Even before the vote on witnesses, Tillis was calling for a vote to acquit Trump.

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State Sen. Erica Smith, one of the Democrats challenging Tillis, blasted the vote.

“Based on the documents from the House and what the House impeachment leaders and presenters have shared, it appears our president is guilty of obstruction of Congress as well as getting foreign assistance as it pertains to Joe Biden’s son,” Smith told the Charlottesville Observer.

The decision was also ripped by Cal Cunningham, who is also running against Tillis.

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“If Senator Tillis actually cared about fairness or his sworn constitutional duty, he would have voted to permit witnesses today — instead he denied North Carolinians’ valuable information, not only to aid Mitch McConnell’s cover up of President Trump, but to maintain his good graces with the White House as he seeks reelection,” Cunningham said.

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Others had even harsher criticism.

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Bernie Sanders urged to end 2020 bid — by his own campaign manager and longtime strategist: Washington Post

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Vermont independent Senator Bernie Sanders is receiving advice to quickly exit the 2020 presidential campaign, The Washington Post reported Saturday.

"A small group of Bernie Sanders’s top aides and allies — including his campaign manager and his longtime strategist — have encouraged the independent senator from Vermont to consider withdrawing from the presidential race," the newspaper reported, citing "two people with knowledge of the situation."

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Trump appears to have fraudulently manipulated financial markets yet again

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Welcome to another edition of What Fresh Hell?, Raw Story’s roundup of news items that might have become controversies under another regime, but got buried – or were at least under-appreciated – due to the daily firehose of political pratfalls, unhinged tweet storms and other sundry embarrassments coming out of the current White House.

It was a busy week for the regime, as Trump and his team work tirelessly to manage the political fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, but it seems like he made time for some fraud.

In March, global oil prices crashed as a result of a dispute between Russia and the Saudis, dragging down stock markets and making it unprofitable to extract shale oil, which accounts for almost two-thirds of crude oil production in the U.S.

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How a general strike might play out in the United States

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The idea that pandemic-related economic insecurity might spur a general strike has been trending among pundits and the public in the past week. Such a labor action, which would imply a complete shutdown of all industries as all workers cease showing up to work, would be historically unprecedented, a prominent historian told Salon.

This article first appeared in Salon.

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