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Trump’s circle ‘waking up’ to the fact that impeachment is putting him in danger: report

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Republicans are worried that President Trump’s defense team is “woefully unprepared” to defend him against the Democrats’ impeachment efforts against him, and Trump isn’t making the situation any better with his “insistence that Republicans buy in fully to his defense strategy,” Gabriel Sherman writes for Vanity Fair.

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While removing Trump from office is still a tall order, “the dynamics of the Senate trial are clearly shifting in directions that are dangerous for the president,” writes Sherman, adding that “Trump’s circle is waking up to the notion that impeachment is a serious drag on his campaign.”

“Inside the campaign there is an intensifying debate between Trump and his advisers about whether the campaign should run on base-incitement issues like immigration or a moderate-appealing message about the economy that could win back suburban voters,” Sherman writes.

One of those people suggesting that Trump move his rhetoric to the middle is his son-in-law and top adviser Jared Kushner — who has reportedly been on the receiving end of Trump’s ire lately.

“According to sources, Trump is unhappy with Kushner’s recent Time cover story, which showed Kushner posing solemnly inside the magazine’s iconic red border,” Sherman writes. “One source said there is speculation inside the West Wing that Trump may rein in Kushner by bringing in Kushner antagonist Chris Christie to replace acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney. According to one source, Kushner, perhaps realizing the problems the cover could cause, lobbied Matt Drudge not to link to the article.”

Read the full piece over at Vanity Fair.

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Australian columnist aghast at America’s ‘rotten’ COVID-19 response: ‘We are witnessing the fall of a great power’

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A columnist for an Australian newspaper has been watching the United States' response to the novel coronavirus with a mix of shock and horror -- and he now believes "we are witnessing the fall of a great power."

Crispin Hull, an editor and columnist for The Canberra Times, argues in his latest column that President Donald Trump's disastrous handling of the pandemic is symbolic of deep rot within the American political system.

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While coronavirus cases spike in the South, the Northeast seems to have it under control – here’s what changed

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Hospital Capacity Crosses Tipping Point in U.S. Coronavirus Hot Spots” – Wall Street Journal

This is a headline I hoped to not see again after the number of coronavirus infections had finally started to decline in the Northeast and Pacific Northwest. However, the pandemic has now shifted to the South and the West – with Arizona, Florida, California and Texas as hot spots.

At the same time, cases, hospitalizations and the percentage of positive tests in Northeastern states have declined. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently declared, “We now have the lowest transmission rate in the United States of America.” In fact, there are now more daily hospitalizations in Arizona than in New York, Pennsylvania and the entire Northeast combined.

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Largest bank in the US holds back $10 billion anticipating Americans won’t be able to pay their mortgage

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Last week it was revealed that nearly one-third of Americans couldn't pay their mortgages or their rent. It's the third month in a row with over 30 percent of American renters and homeowners showing that they're in trouble, despite the stimulus check from Washington.

Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal wrote that the largest bank in the United States, JP Morgan Chase, put aside $10 billion, anticipating that the numbers of home loan defaults are going to get far worse.

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