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Trump lawyers attacking Bidens during impeachment trial would blow up in president’s face: ex-GOP lawmaker

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On CNN Saturday, former Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) warned President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans that if the president’s defense in the Ukraine scheme focuses too much on the supposed corruption of the Bidens, it could backfire.

“The Bidens have been the targets of all of this,” said Curbelo. “I think there’s a possibility — at least a temptation — for the president’s lawyers to attack the Bidens on the Senate floor today. And I’ll just say that would be highly risky.”

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“Number one, they risk an admonishment from the chief justice. I don’t think he’s inclined to allow the Senate floor to be used for campaign ads,” said Curbelo. “And secondly, there are a lot of Republicans in the Senate who served with Joe Biden, and who happen to respect him. If those Republicans are offended by today’s presentation, they risk defections on a vote to invite witnesses, or even on the final vote whether to remove the president or not.”

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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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