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Trump threw Georgia governor under the bus after Fauci said he’d never support his reopening plan: CNN

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday threw Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp under the bus and said that he was opposed to the governor’s plan to reopen his state’s economy this week.

Now CNN’s Jim Acosta is reporting that Trump only decided to turn on Kemp after members of the president’s pandemic response task force told him that there was no way they could publicly support what the Trump-loving Georgia governor had done.

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“At a meeting just prior to Wednesday’s briefing, task force members were discussing likelihood that some doctors on the panel would be asked by reporters about Kemp’s controversial move to open up many businesses in Georgia, like nail salons and bowling alleys,” Acosta reports. “During the meeting, Doctor Anthony Fauci and others on the task force noted there would be a glaring inconsistency if the scientists were not in agreement with Trump on the Georgia issue during the press conference.”

Acosta’s sources also say that the task force members successfully convinced Trump to change his mind about Kemp’s reopening plan, as the president had apparently earlier expressed private support for the measures.

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Trump shouldn’t count on Republican voters to show up in droves on election day: Ex-RNC head

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With two weeks left before election day, former Republican National Committee head Michael Steele suggested Republicans who have not taken advantage of early or mail-in voting may end up staying home -- or voting for former Vice PresidentJoe Biden -- on November 3rd.

Steele, who is featured in a new Lincoln Project ad endorsing Biden (which can be seen below), appeared on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" to discuss his decision to turn his back on his party and was asked if he is alone among GOP voters when it comes to flipping for the Democratic nominee.

"Look, it's a hard river to cross, it's tough for sure, particularly if you have been in that environment that that's what you have done," he admitted. "But you stop and ask yourself, well, what is it that matters? How do you explain to your children, 'yeah, we have a great 401(k),' but, you know, just ignore all of the behavior."

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‘Believe what you see’: Dem senator explains how ‘Rudy Giuliani is effectively a Russian asset’

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Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) on Tuesday asserted that President Donald Trump's personal attorney is "effectively a Russian asset."

Murphy made the comments about Rudy Giuliani during an interview on CNN after the president's lawyer attempted to smear Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, by planting a story about alleged corruption in the New York Post.

"I can confirm that [Russia's] campaign of misinformation and propaganda and interference is bigger, is broader and is more problematic than it was in 2016," Murphy told CNN's Jim Sciutto. "The Russians this time around have decided to cultivate U.S. citizens as assets. They are attempting to spread their propaganda in the mainstream media."

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The pandemic-induced implosion of the GOP is due to Trump elevating ideological cranks like Scott Atlas: op-ed

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Writing for New York Magazine this Tuesday, Jonanthan Chait contends that the "pandemic-induced implosion" of the Republican Party has followed a similar course of the George W. Bush administration, which dismissed intelligence and foreign-policy professionals who questioned claims about chemical weapon in Iraq. Faced with a different sort of crisis than the one presented to Bush, Trump "ignored public-health experts, and instead elevated ideological cranks."

Chait writes that Trump's irritation with public health experts goes back a long way. Back in August, he wanted to elevate another doctor who would compete with his top infectious disease experts Dr. Anthony Fauci and Deborah Birx. They settled on Scott Atlas.

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