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Dan Rather outsmarts Donald Trump — and it could save U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars

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Journalist Dan Rather (screengrab)

For months, President Donald Trump has lied to the American people about testing causing cases of COVID-19, instead of the reality that testing only reveals the cases that already exist.

“When you test, you have a case. When you test, you find something is wrong with people. If we didn’t do any testing we would have very few cases,” Trump argued in May.

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On June 20th, he revealed at his Tulsa rally that he had ordered his administration to do less testing.

“When you do testing to that extent, you’re going to find more people. You’re going to find more cases. So I said to my people slow the testing down please,” Trump admitted.

“If we didn’t do testing, we’d have no cases,” he falsely claimed five days later.

Veteran journalist Dan Rather wondered if Trump’s line of thought could be expanded to include other areas of public policy.

“Here’s an idea for the president. We can apparently solve the issue of undocumented immigrants by just not counting them?” Rather wondered.

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The federal government spends over 20 billion a year on U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), although not all is spent on immigration enforcement.

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CPB and ICE budgets from the American Immigration Council (PDF)

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Trump’s new anti-mask rhetoric is the last gasp of a ‘flailing campaign’: Paul Krugman

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In a column for the New York Times, Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman pondered why Donald Trump is once again ramping up his anti-mask rhetoric at a time when his health care advisors are urging the public to keep wearing the protective coverings. He then concluded it is nothing less than a cynical political maneuver by the president that will likely lead to more deaths.

Earlier this week the head of the CDC urged Americans to keep using masks, saying it was their best defense against becoming infected with COVID-19 only to have the president undercut that message on the same day.

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Trump’s campaign knows Arizona and Michigan have ‘slipped’ and ‘may be unrecoverable’: reporter

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Politico reporter Tim Alberta, a former National Review writer who is deeply sourced in the world of Republican politics, believes that President Donald Trump's campaign knows that it is quickly losing ground in two key swing states as it heads into the final stretch of the 2020 presidential election.

Writing on Twitter, Alberta says that Michigan and Arizona are two states that "Trump World knows have slipped, and may be unrecoverable" for the campaign. Additionally, he believes that Wisconsin, another state that Trump won unexpectedly in 2016, "isn't far behind."

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Trump calls Howard Zinn’s work ‘propaganda’ — hear the legendary historian in his own words

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This week President Trump described the work of the legendary historian Howard Zinn, who died in 2010, as “propaganda” meant to “make students ashamed of their own history.” But Zinn believed the opposite, that teaching the unvarnished truth about history was the best way to combat propaganda and unexamined received wisdom. We air excerpts from a 2009 interview with Zinn in which he explained his approach to education. “We should be honest with young people; we should not deceive them. We should be honest about the history of our country,” Zinn said.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_L7U0R0oSM

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