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Conservative columnist calls Georgia the best sign that a mass reopening isn’t going to save the economy

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President Donald Trump is desperately clamoring to get the country to have a huge reopening party where everyone starts buying new cars and houses and eating out every night. But that’s not what’s happening.

As conservative Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin explained, all one has to do is look at Georgia to see the grand reopening strategy isn’t working.

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Writing in her Friday column, Rubin explained that no matter what Trump or Gov. Brian Kemp (R-GA) says or does, people are protecting their own lives and putting those lives first before Trump’s stock market.

“Consumer spending is still down in Georgia (15 percent lower than January levels), but that is up from its low point, which was 30 percent lower than in January,” Rubin reported. “In addition, ‘the falloff in job listings in Georgia has been identical to the national decline, down more than 36 percent. Other statistics, like new claims for unemployment insurance, paint an even grimmer picture of the employment situation in Georgia.'”

Quoting Steven Rattner, former “car czar” in the Obama administration, Rubin noted that Georgia’s “decisions about re-openings will be of limited help to a crippled economy until Americans are confident that it is safe to leave their homes.”

Realistically, that means Trump isn’t correct about the economy bouncing back once everything is open again. Hanging all of his hopes on it is only going to end badly for him.

“Trump’s wishful thinking — lift restrictions and a recovery begins — ignores the fears and concerns of Americans (unsurprising for a world-class narcissist). Despite Trump’s partisan, angry efforts to demean state and local officials who instituted stay-at-home measures, the latter are following public opinion and conduct,” Rubin concluded. “Haranguing careful, conscientious mayors and governors (whose approval far exceeds his own) is not going to change that.”

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Trump creates a ‘minefield’ of legal problems for his own staff with plan for White House acceptance speech: report

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday said that he might deliver his Republican National Convention speech from the White House. But legal experts who spoke with Bloomberg warned that might not be a good idea.

The publication described the proposal as "a minefield of problems for the staff charged with putting such an event together."

The Hatch Act forbids the use of government property and employees for political activities. Although the president and vice president are exempted from the federal law, their staff at the White House could face repercussions.

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Controversial ‘Hookers for Jesus’ group to get more federal money as Bill Barr and Ivanka Trump announce anti-sex trafficking effort

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The Las Vegas-based group Hookers for Jesus has won a grant from the Justice Department less than a year after whistleblowers raised red flags about federal funds being awarded to the organization, Reuters reports.

The complaint from union officials says the group, which is run by a born-again Christian survivor of sex trafficking and operates a safe house for adult trafficking victims, got its grant due to political favoritism.

A previous Reuters report revealed that the group required residents of the safe house to go to church, complete Christian homework, and banned them from reading “secular magazines with articles, pictures, etc. that portray worldly views/advice on living, sex, clothing, makeup tips.” As Reuters points out, recipients of federal funds are not allowed to use the funds to promote religion.

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Noted author accuses Jared Kushner of ‘planning last ditch try at disqualifying Biden ballots on election night’ with Barr’s blessing

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A prolific author and speaker who has been described as a "Religious Right Defector" has issued a warning about the 2020 election that's getting noticed.

Frank Schaeffer was raised by a noted conservative Christian theologian who was at the forefront of right wing Christian political activism in the 1970's. But now he is a liberal Democrat and a cable news guest frequently invited to speak on the tactics of the religious right.

This week he's speaking out about what he says is the White House's plan to ensure Trump remains in the Oval Office.

In short, Schaeffer says Jared Kushner is planning an end run around the election process, and will appeal to the Supreme Court, as George W. Bush did in the 2000 election, to ensure Trump is installed in office for another four years.

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