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Bizarre ‘Never Trump’ recording could wreck GOP campaign for Mark Meadows’ handpicked successor

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Someone is trying to paint Rep. Mark Meadows’ handpicked successor as a “Never Trumper” — but she vehemently insists she’s on the president’s side.

Republican voters received a mysterious text message warning that Lynda Bennett, a GOP candidate endorsed by the retiring congressman’s wife, opposes President Donald Trump, and there’s an attached audio file that claims to prove it, reported Politico.

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“I’m never Trump. So now what?” a woman shouts in the 45-second audio recording. “What are you going to do? Going to ask me to get out there and help Trump get elected? And you want me to help organize 100 people to come and work the polls to get Trump elected when I am not for him? I am against him — never Trump!”

Bennett and her allies, including Meadows, insist the recording was selectively edited and taken out of context, and claim instead that the candidate had been role-playing a Trump critic during a meeting three years ago.

“It’s edited to make it appear that she’s against the president when she’s actually very much for, and I happen to know that,” Meadows said after the message went out last month. “There is zero chance that my wife would have endorsed Lynda Bennett had she been even remotely against the president of the United States.”

North Carolina Republicans were reportedly aggravated by the way Meadows announced his retirement, saying it was timed to help Bennett and shut out other candidates who might have filed for the March 3 primary if they had known he was leaving Congress.

But local officials say the message — which they can’t even verify is really Bennett — caught them off guard, and no one has claimed credit for it.

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“It’s definitely a mystery,” said Aubrey Woodard, the 11th District GOP chair. “It certainly is. I don’t know if that’s to have an effect on her electability one way or another, but it’s certainly not something she wanted to have out.”

The texts were sent around 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 29, from several D.C. area-code numbers, but attempts to call those numbers back resulted in an automated out-of-service response.

Republican activist Monroe Miller claims credit for creating the original recording of the 2016 meeting in Haywood County and posted two unedited segments on his website this month, as well as 11 pages of notes from the event — and he strongly disputes Bennett’s denials.

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“This came out spontaneous,” Miller told Politico. “It’s pretty evident from the recording. She just went off, and I didn’t view that as role-playing. She was very vocal, Lynda was a very opinionated person.”


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Paul Krugman debunks Trump’s bogus claims about the ‘Obama economy’

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President Donald Trump has repeatedly insisted that his policies alone are responsible for the economic recovery in the United States, claiming that he inherited a broken economy from his Democratic predecessor, President Barack Obama. But Trump’s claims are wildly misleading, and economist/New York Times columnist Paul Krugman debunked some of them this week in a Twitter thread.

Krugman tweeted, “So, I see that Trump is bad-mouthing the Obama economy. Two points. First, there was absolutely no break in economic trends after the 2016 election.”

The 66-year-old Krugman posted a chart showing GDP (gross domestic product) from 2010 (when Obama was serving his first term) to 2020 (three years into Trump’s presidency). GDP, the chart shows, gradually improved during Obama’s eight-year presidency.

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Right-wing extremists using Facebook to recruit for ‘boogaloo’ attacks on liberals and cops: report

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A right-wing extremist movement is recruiting on social media to target liberals and law enforcement in a violent uprising called the "boogaloo."

The loosely organized movement is trolling for members on mainstream platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Reddit and Twitter, in addition to 4chan and other fringe sites, to promote a second Civil War, reported NBC News.

“When you have people talking about and planning sedition and violence against minorities, police, and public officials, we need to take their words seriously,” said Paul Goldenberg, of the Homeland Security Advisory Council.

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Bernie Sanders was so close to a primary against Obama in 2011 that Dems were ‘absolutely panicked’: report

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In an article for The Atlantic this Wednesday, Edward-Isaac Dovere recounts the time that Bernie Sanders tried to primary Barack Obama -- a move that Sanders was close to achieving that former Democratic Senator Harry Reid had to intervene to stop him.

The event, which hasn't been previously reported, took place in the summer of 2011 and reportedly had the Obama campaign "absolutely panicked"

While Sanders' Obama plan never went through, the relationship between the two has been strained ever since. "Now Obama, the beloved former leader of the Democratic Party, and Sanders, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, are facing a new and especially fraught period in their relationship," Dovere writes. "To Obama, Sanders is a lot of what’s wrong with Democrats: unrelenting, unrealistic, so deep in his own fight that he doesn’t see how many people disagree with him or that he’s turning off people who should be his allies. To Sanders, it’s Obama who represents a lot of what’s wrong with Democrats: overly compromising, and so obsessed with what isn’t possible that he’s lost all sense of what is."

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