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The tension between native New Yorker Donald Trump and his home town is immense — and showing no signs of decreasing: report

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One of the great political ironies of the Trump era is the fact that President Donald Trump, a native New Yorker who speaks with a heavy Queens accent, is wildly popular in the reddest of red states yet wildly unpopular in his home town. If only Mississippi, Idaho, Alabama and Wyoming voted in the 2020 presidential election, Trump would be reelected by a landslide; if only the five boroughs voted, his chances of winning a second term would be slim and none. Journalist Rebecca Liebson examines the president’s “contentious relationship” with his home town in an article published in the New York Times on Valentine’s Day, and she offers many examples of just how contentious it has become.

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Since defeating Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, Liebson explains, Trump “has become increasingly disillusioned with the state where he made his name.” The tension between Trump and New York State, according to Liebson, was evident on February 13 — when Trump met with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and discussed the “ban on New York-based applications” to the TrustedTraveler program and other subjects.

As Liebson notes, Trump is no longer a resident of New York State: he now claims Florida as his primary residence. The president tweeted, “I have been treated very badly by the political leaders of both the city and state. Few have been treated worse” — and Cuomo, on November 1, 2019, said of Trump’s decision, “Good riddance. It’s not like @realDonaldTrump paid taxes here anyway.”

According to Liebson, “No longer a Manhattan resident, Mr. Trump will most likely avoid New York State’s top tax rate of nearly 9 % and New York City’s top rate of nearly 4%. Florida does not have a personal income tax.”

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Cuomo is hardly the only prominent figure in New York State who Trump doesn’t get along with. New York State Attorney General Letitia James, a Brooklyn native, has made Trump-related investigations a high priority since her win in the 2018 midterms.

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When Trump is holding a MAGA rally in a red state, there is no doubt that he knows how to fire up a right-wing crowd. But in his home town, as Liebson points out, he is so unpopular that even the name “Trump” has become less visible in Manhattan properties.

“For years,” Liebson observes, “Mr. Trump’s name was plastered on buildings across the city, but it has recently disappeared from several of them. The Trump SoHo hotel, for instance, is now called the Dominick. And tenants at two Trump-licensed apartment complexes on the Upper West Side voted to remove signage with the name.”

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There’s no respite from Trump’s vindictiveness and foolishness

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As we know, even in the midst of a national emergency, Donald Trump could find time and bandwidth to continue his retribution campaign.

He dismissed Michael Atkinson, the inspector general for the intelligence agencies, for doing “a terrible job,” satisfying his own thirst for vengeance for anyone who actually adhered to law and practice over blind loyalty to Trump himself. Indeed, asked about it the next day, Trump underscored his action by saying, Atkinson “was no Trump supporter, that I can tell you.”

It was an act that we once would have labeled corruption, by Democrats and Republicans – that is using the office for personal purposes – if Congress and too many Americans had not since become inured by so many like instances.

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This is how Taiwan and South Korea bucked the global lockdown trend

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As the coronavirus pandemic sparks global lockdowns, life has continued comparatively unhindered in places like Taiwan, South Korea and Hong Kong after their governments and citizens took decisive early action against the unfolding crisis.

At first glance Taiwan looks like an ideal candidate for the coronavirus. The island of 23 million lies just 180 kilometres (110 miles) off mainland China.

Yet nearly 100 days in, Taiwan has just 376 confirmed cases and five fatalities while restaurants, bars, schools, universities and offices remain open.

The government of President Tsai Ing-wen, whose deputy is an epidemiologist, made tough decisions while the crisis was nascent to stave off the kind of pain now convulsing much of the rest of the world.

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Republican ex-lawmaker with coronavirus scolds Wisconsin GOP for forcing voters to risk their health

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On CNN Tuesday, former Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA), who is himself dealing with a bout of COVID-19, chastised the Wisconsin GOP for doing everything in their power to block the state elections from being moved — and forcing many voters to stand in line and risk exposure to the virus to cast their ballot.

"I have to tell you, here in Pennsylvania we have a Democratic governor and Republican legislature," Dent told host Don Lemon. "They postponed the election here from April 28 until June 2. Without any controversy. Everybody agreed it was the right thing to do and they moved on. I'm surprised Wisconsin took this risk, knowing they don't have to."

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