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Trump threatens to pull RNC out of North Carolina unless Dem governor caves to allow mass gatherings

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Donald Trump speaks on The White House lawn (MSNBC/screen grab)

President Donald Trump on Monday threatened to pull the Republican National Convention out of North Carolina if the state’s Democratic governor didn’t bow to his demands to allow mass gatherings.

“Democrat Governor Roy Cooper is still in Shutdown mood & unable to guarantee that by August we will be allowed full attendance in the Arena,” the president wrote on Twitter. “In other words, we would be spending millions of dollars building the Arena to a very high standard without even knowing if the Democrat Governor would allow the Republican Party to fully occupy the space.”

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Trump then issued an ultimatum to Cooper: Let the RNC fill the arena to full capacity or lose the 2020 RNC.

“They must be immediately given an answer by the Governor as to whether or not the space will be allowed to be fully occupied,” Trump wrote. “If not, we will be reluctantly forced to find, with all of the jobs and economic development it brings, another Republican National Convention site. This is not something I want to do. Thank you, and I LOVE the people of North Carolina!”

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MSNBC’s Morning Joe fears US cannot survive four more years of Trump’s ‘fascist instincts’

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough called out President Donald Trump's "fascist instincts" and worried that democratic institutions could not survive a second term.

The "Morning Joe" host was alarmed by the president's latest racist attacks at a Pennsylvania rally, and panelist Jason Johnson said Germans warned him in 2016 that Trump reminded them of Adolf Hitler.

"I was across the ocean and had Germans saying, 'I can't believe you Americans don't see that this is coming,'" Johnson said, "and I think the most worrisome part that I have to say in all of this is, you're right, yeah, there were people who called it out, Black people, Latinos, Asians who called it out. I think it took too long for many members of the press to accept that, and people who were saying it in 2015 were sometimes called, you know, you're being hyperbolic, you're using extreme language, it won't get that bad, other people will keep him in control, and that's why we are where we are today."

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GOP senator’s hyped report on Biden and Ukraine is a dud with ‘minimal, if any, evidence’: reporter

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Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) has been hyping up a report that purportedly implicates Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in corrupt activities in Ukraine.

But according to Politico's Kyle Cheney, Johnson's report is not going to be nearly as explosive as Republicans hoped, and he describes it as "an 87-page rehash of previously known allegations (with minimal, if any, evidence), news articles and impeachment testimony."

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DHS gave millions to firm that employs wife of Trump’s acting secretary Chad Wolf

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The Department of Homeland Security in recent years has awarded contracts with over $6 million to Berkeley Research Group, a firm that happens to employ the wife of acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf.

NBC News reports that DHS started awarding the contracts to Berkeley Research Group in September 2018, when Wolf was serving as chief of staff to former DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

NBC News also reports that "although the company has a long history of federal contracts, it did not do work for DHS until after Wolf" started working at the Transport Security Administration, a DHS agency.

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