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Biden campaign walks back the VP’s stump speech tale about being arrested trying to visit Nelson Mandela

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Former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign walked back a tale that he has repeatedly told on the campaign trail.

On Friday, The New York Times reported Biden had told similar versions of the same story “at least three campaign appearances over the past two weeks.”

“This day, 30 years ago, Nelson Mandela walked out of prison and entered into discussions about apartheid,” Biden claimed. “I had the great honor of meeting him. I had the great honor of being arrested with our U.N. ambassador on the streets of Soweto trying to get to see him on Robbens Island.”

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The claim was awarded “Four Pinocchios” by The Washington Post.

Following Tuesday’s Democratic debate, Biden’s deputy campaign manager walked back the claim.


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Can Kevin McCarthy be beaten? His 2020 opponent thinks his ‘blatant racism’ could take him down

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When Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., first announced that he would run for House speaker in 2015 (after the departure of John Boehner), the party's far-right Freedom Caucus opposed him on the grounds that he was too moderate. His primary offense: Opposing the 2013 government shutdown, which was orchestrated by House Republicans in a futile attempt to thwart the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

Much has changed in American politics over the subsequent half-decade. The man chosen to be House Speaker instead of McCarthy, Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, had a tempestuous tenure, one in which he struggled to keep the comparatively moderate Republicans on the same page as their more ideologically obstreperous counterparts. (Boehner had faced the same problem.) He announced in 2018 that he would not run for re-election, leading to a fierce competition among House Republicans over who would replace him. The party would ultimately anoint McCarthy as their House leader — but only after losing control of the chamber in the 2018 midterms, which elevated Nancy Pelosi to the speaker's chair for a second time Democrats and left McCarthy in charge of a diminished GOP minority.

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WATCH: Trump admits if Democrats make voting easier ‘you’d never have a Republican elected in this country again’

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President Donald Trump is warning if Democrats' efforts to make it easier for Americans to vote are successful Republicans will not win elections.

"I will tell you this. If you look at before and after, the things they had in there were crazy," Trump said on "Fox & Friends" about Democratic proposals to the $2.2 trillion coronavirus support bill.

"They had things, um, levels of voting that if you ever agreed to it you'd never have a Republican elected in this country again," he said, effectively admitting GOP voter suppression efforts are necessary for the party to stay viable.

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Ex-evangelical rains hellfire on ‘moronic monster’ Trump for becoming the ‘pro-death’ president

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Appearing on MSNBC's "Am Joy," former evangelical Frank Schaeffer harshly condemned Donald Trump and his supporters for standing by while people are dying.

Speaking with host Joy Reid, the former evangelist launched an impassioned diatribe about the president, calling him a "moronic monster."

"We're at a time now when the naked lickspittle enablement of Donald Trump by his evangelical followers is more horrifying than ever," the MSNBC guest began.

"When we come to this time of COVID-19 overtaking our country, a literal life and death issue, we see two things very clearly," he continued. "One is the utter moral bankruptcy of this leader who pits himself against governors trying to save their people, and the second is the utter moral bankruptcy of evangelical, the white evangelical voter, having been rented out to this moronic monster who in this time of crisis, is far from being our Winston Churchill leading us to freedom against the Nazis in Germany."

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