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Michigan governor shrugs off Trump’s attacks: ‘The real enemy is COVID-19’

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President Donald Trump has repeatedly attacked Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI), complaining that “the woman in Michigan” has not been nice enough to him, and according to her, medical supplies to Michigan from the federal government have been delayed as this feud has unfolded.

In a video posted to Twitter on Friday, Whitmer shrugged off the attacks from Trump — and urged the state and the country to unite in the face of the pandemic threat.

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“My team and I are working 24/7, as I know there are wonderful people in the federal government, from the White House down, working 24/7 as well,” said Whitmer. “We know that COVID-19 cases are rising exponentially, and they will do so across the country, but right now Michigan is a hot spot. Right now, we have got people fighting for their lives in our hospitals, families who are mourning loved ones, and we need assistance. We need more masks and more gloves and more gowns. We need the PPE right now. We are worried about making it through this weekend.”

“And so that’s why it’s on all of us to lock arms to meet this challenge,” said Whitmer. “Remember: the enemy is COVID-19. This is a phenomenal country. I am proud to be an American. And I know that we can beat any challenge before us so long as we do it together.”

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More than one dozen Trump officials violated Hatch Act in month before the election

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Although President Donald Trump has tried to undermine the United States' system of checks and balances, watchdogs in Washington, D.C. have been keeping a close eye on him — and according to the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, 16 members of the Trump Administration committed violations of the Hatch Act in order to promote his reelection campaign in October.

In an article published on CREW's website on Monday, November 2 — the day before the 2020 presidential election — CREW reporters Donald K. Sherman and Linnaea Honl-Stuenkel explain, "during the month of October, at least 16 Trump Administration officials have violated the Hatch Act a total of more than 60 times, in an unprecedented and escalating assault on the rule of law and the democratic process. President Trump has allowed — and encouraged — senior officials to use their government roles to take actions benefiting his reelection effort in its final weeks and days as Americans are casting their ballots."

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GOP congressman gets #StopTheStupid trending big-time against Donald Trump — but there’s a catch

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The hashtag #stopthestupid was trending last night on Twitter thanks to -- of all people -- a conservative Republican congressman from Michigan named Paul Mitchell. But before anyone gets too excited that Republicans are discovering integrity, there’s an asterisk: Mitchell is retiring in January.

Here’s what the exasperated congressman tweeted Sunday night in response to Trump’s lunatic ranting about the election outcome:

https://twitter.com/RepPaulMitchell/status/1333214085341712388?s=20

Sunday night, there were more than 21,000 tweets featuring #stopthestupid, many of them wondering aloud why more Republicans cannot show the spine and integrity displayed by Mitchell. Most presumably don’t realize, however, that he’s leaving Congress after just two terms in office.

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The Arab uprisings were weakened by online fakes

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The Arab uprisings a decade ago were supercharged by online calls to join the protests -- but the internet was soon flooded with misinformation, weakening the region's cyber-activists.

When Tunisian dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country in January 2011, rumours and uncertainty created "panic and hysteria", said ex-activist and entrepreneur Houeida Anouar.

"January 14 was a horrible night, so traumatic," she said. "We heard gunfire, and a neighbour shouted 'hide yourselves, they're raping women'."

As pro-regime media pumped out misinformation, the flood of bogus news also spread to the internet, a space activists had long seen as a refuge from censorship and propaganda.

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