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Trump pushed National Enquirer to publish his Joe Scarborough conspiracy theories — but the tabloid refused

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President Donald Trump has often used his relationship with the National Enquirer tabloid as a way to intimidate his foes by threatening to publish damaging information on them.

However, The Daily Beast reports that there was one story that was actually a bridge too far for the Trump-loving tabloid: Murder conspiracy theories involving MSNBC host Joe Scarborough.

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According to the publication, Trump first began musing about pushing the bogus conspiracy theory three years ago, when the “Morning Joe” co-host’s coverage of the president turned more critical.

“It was right around this time that Trump started asking White House aides if he should tweet about ‘the dead girl’ — as one of the people recalled the president phrasing it — to get back at his friend-turned-foe ‘Psycho Joe,'” the publication writes. “Multiple advisers cautioned against doing so, arguing it was, at the very least, not worth it.”

While Trump mostly resisted tweeting about the 2001 death of former Scarborough congressional staffer Lori Klausutis, he did order son-in-law Jared Kushner to push the Enquirer to start looking into the story.

The tabloid did agree to look into it but it never actually published anything because, according to The Daily Beast, “reporters were ultimately unsuccessful in finding even threadbare proof to run a story.”

Given that the same publication in 2016 published wildly outlandish stories linking Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) father to the assassination of former President John Kennedy, writes The Daily Beast, it seems that the conspiracy theory about Scarborough is the single most baseless that Trump has ever peddled.

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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.

This article was originally published at Salon

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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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