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One of Maine’s biggest newspapers calls for Trump to resign on the day he visits their state

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President Donald Trump is scheduled to travel to Maine on Friday — and when he does, he’ll be greeted by one of the state’s top newspapers calling for his resignation.

The Portland Press-Herald on Friday published an editorial demanding the president’s resignation over his botched handling of the COVID-19 crisis and the civil unrest that arose in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd.

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“You have never been a good president, but today your shortcomings are unleashing historic levels of suffering on the American people,” the editors write. “Your slow response to the coronavirus pandemic has spun a manageable crisis into the worst public health emergency since 1918… And in the face of the worst civic unrest since 1968, with millions of Americans in the streets protesting systemic racism, you fan the flames.”

The editors did give the president credit for one thing: That he didn’t subject the nation to a prime time address on race relations and police brutality that would have only made matters worse.

“You correctly concluded that you have nothing to say that would make the situation better,” they write. “When what’s called for is compassion, clear vision and a commitment to lead, you are out of ammo.”

The editorial concludes that America needs for the “healing to begin,” and says that can only start if the president “resigns now.”


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Trump just said the silent part out loud

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President Donald Trump on Thursday told Fox Business that he will continue to block aid to the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), publicly acknowledging that doing so would undermine states' plans to expand mail-in voting for Election Day.

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Jared Kushner exposed as Trump’s ‘most dangerous enabler’ by veteran journalist

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Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner is the subject of a lengthy new profile in The Atlantic by veteran journalist Franklin Foer, who describes Kushner as President Donald Trump's "most dangerous enabler."

The profile draws on Kushner's history of growing up under a father who may be even more demanding and irascible than Trump to show how he is both used to managing impulsive people with explosive tempers, and how he has boundless self-confidence in his ability to solve problems.

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WATCH: Portland police in riot gear deploy teargas and then slash tires of medical van

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Law enforcement officer in Portland, Oregon were seen on video slashing the tires of a medical support vehicle.

According to reports from the scene, the van was providing medical support to anyone inured in the ongoing protests. The vehicle was said to have been repurposed from Timbers Army, a fan group backing a local soccer team.

"Just witnessed PPB riot police stab the wheels out of a medic van as it tried to drive away in accordance with their orders," one photographer noted on Twitter.

Video shared on social media shows riot police using tear gas to clear a street where the vehicle was parked. Before the vehicle can leave, an officer jabs a knife-like object into the tires.

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