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Susan Collins ‘created a situation where there’s no path for her’ to win in November: reporter

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Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME). Image via screengrab.

New York Magazine reporter Rebecca Traister has been on the ground in Maine and in the Republican stronghold of Aroostook County for over a month watching the U.S. Senate race between Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon.

Traister explained in an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes that Collins has had a history of popularity and has been able to play the independent Republican for years. Still, after President Donald Trump came into office, Collins voted with him 94 percent of the time.

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She “has repeatedly taken votes on the side of Donald Trump, committing to him and his very hard-right Republican politics in a way that has become absolutely apparent to Mainers. An ad she put out said ‘bipartisan and effective,'” said Traister. “She’s still trying to run as a moderate, but I think there’s much less willingness to understand her as bipartisan or independent at this point.”

In Collins’ county, Traister said that there are Trump signs everywhere, but that those signs don’t sit next to Collins signs. While yard signs notoriously don’t vote, the signs prove that while Democrats and Independents lost support for Collins, Republican Trump supporters don’t like her either.

“I’ve heard no energy around Susan Collins race, which also tells me even the hard conservatives here aren’t seeing this as a crucial Senate race when of course, we know it very much is a crucial Senate race,” explained Traister. “And the balance of the Senate could wind up hanging on Maine as well as several other states where they’re important Senate races.”

Traister told Hayes that some of the pushback she’s gotten has been from Trump supporters because she makes these comments about being “concerned” or “worried” about the president sometimes. They’ve become the butt of many jokes about Collins being toothless among non-Trump voters, and it’s ignited fury among Trump’s loyal supporters.

“So, she’s created a situation where there’s no path for her and yet she’s trying to run for this fifth term,” Traister closed.

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Trump whines press didn’t cover the ‘two Nobel Prizes’ — that he didn’t win

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The leader of the free world spoke of the Nobel Peace Prize as if he had repeatedly won the award.

Trump made the complaints he has not received the recognition he thinks he deserves during a campaign rally in Middletown, Pennsylvania.

"They didn't cover two Nobel Prizes," Trump says he told first lady Melania Trump. "I got two in one week, did you ever hear of that?"

Trump received two nominations, he has never won a Nobel Peace Prize.

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Sparling captured video of a man pushing a Black journalist to the ground and kicking him in the head:

Man pushes live-streamer to the ground and kicks him in the face at Proud Boys is rally in Portland pic.twitter.com/SAdHShqir3

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Trump’s Amy Coney Barrett pick for Supreme Court might backfire: analysts

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President Donald Trump announced Saturday that he would nominate Amy Coney Barrett to fill Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s vacant Supreme Court seat. Trump made his pick official during an event at the White House Rose Garden.

“As Amy has said, being a judge takes courage. You are not there to decide cases as you may prefer, you are there to do your duty, and to follow the law, wherever it may take you. That is exactly what Judge Barrett will do on the U.S. Supreme Court.”

He continued: “No matter the issue, no matter the case before her. I am supremely confident that Judge Barrett will issue rulings based solely upon a fair reading of the law. She will defend the sacred principle of equal justice for citizens of every race, color, religion and creed.”

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