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Morning Joe panelist stunned by latest GOP problems: ‘Hard to imagine how things could be worse for Republicans’

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A discussion on a surprising surge by the opponent of Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) led an MSNBC “Morning Joe” regular to express shock at how badly the upcoming election looks for the Republican Party.

After co-host Mika Brzezinski read off the poll numbers showing 46% of likely voters say they would back Democrat Theresa Greenfield if the election were held today, and 43% say they would back Ernst, Kasie Hunt expressed genuine surprise.

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“She’s been tweeting thank you videos to President Trump. and the reality is that what has unfolded in the last five or six months is — I mean, I’m almost afraid to say this because 2020 has thrown so many curve balls our way, but it’s hard to imagine how things could be worse for Republicans who basically made this bed with Donald Trump,” she exclaimed. “They said anyone who goes against him is essentially getting decapitated politically, we don’t want to risk it, we’re going to embrace him as tightly as we can. and then coronavirus happened and now people are in the streets and frankly, the president’s divisive rhetoric is aggressively turning people against him.”

“You’re looking at — there’s a poll out of Arkansas over the weekend — just one poll, we don’t want to make too big of a deal out of it, but it shows the president’s disapproval and Sen. Tom Cotton’s disapproval moving by 10 or 20 points in some cases,” she continued. “If you’re Joni Ernst, how do you make the decision to throw all of that aside suddenly? The loyalty that this president demands as well from these candidates puts them in an unbelievably difficult position.”

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Trump ripped as a ‘traitor’ by veterans for his mask photo-op at Walter Reed Hospital

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The veteran advocacy organization Vote Vets on Sunday blasted President Donald Trump for holding a photo-op at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

After a round of golf on Saturday, Trump traveled to the hospital to be photographed by the press pool wearing a mask, which was a first since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Vote Vets, which says it has raised over $120 million since being founded in 2006 and made over 50 million voter contacts, released a new video on Trump's visit.

The ad says it shows "what wounded warriors see when Trump comes for a photo-op."

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Trump’s push to reopen schools prematurely is an assault on states’ rights that may prove deadly

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It’s hard to avoid a sense of déjà vu as the Trump regime threatens to withhold federal education funding from states that refuse to re-open their schools this fall. The contours of the “debate,” such as it is, perfectly align with the one we had a couple of months ago about re-opening businesses in the midst of a pandemic.

Then, as now, conservatives tried to frame the issue as a choice between re-opening and staying stuck in quarantine indefinitely. Those less moored to reality, including the President, insisted that proponents of quarantines were only motivated by a desire to undermine Trump’s prospects for re-election. The real divide at the time was between those of us who wanted to follow the science, build up adequate testing and contact-tracing capacity and re-open safely once the rate of infection had declined, and those, mostly on the right, who wanted to re-open prematurely either because they believed we’d achieve herd immunity if we let the outbreak run its course or because they thought Covid-19 was a “hoax” that was no more serious than the seasonal flu.

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How 68,000 COVID-19 survivors created a world-class patient resource group in just four months

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Diana Berrent was one of the first people in her hometown of Port Washington, New York, to get COVID-19. Back then, in early March 2020, only immunocompromised and seniors were believed to be high-risk; hence, as a 46-year-old yoga practitioner and runner, Berrent was "shocked" when she woke up with a 103-degree fever and respiratory infection — symptoms that strongly suggested she had coronavirus, which was later confirmed by a test.

This article first appeared in Salon.

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