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Trump aides are trying to decide if it’s a better to close down again — or just let people die

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President Donald Trump’s inner circle is battling over the decision to return the country to closed and caution or to simply let people die from the coronavirus.

CNN.com reported Wednesday evening that a debate is afoot in the White House about whether they should push forward with the reopening, regardless of the death toll. If the president’s Fox interview Wednesday afternoon is any indication, he’s opted for the latter approach, continuing to reopen and urge Americans that everything is fine, even if it isn’t.

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The virus will just “disappear” soon, Trump told Fox. “I think we’re going to be very good with the coronavirus. I think that at some point that’s going to sort of just disappear.”

Cases of COVID-19 have significantly increased across the country, but particularly among states that reopened over Memorial Day weekend or before. Until Wednesday, Trump has focused more on stoking a race war and cultural fights over statues. Vice President Mike Pence has turned into a mask advocate, telling people that it’s time to put one on.

“That has led to concerns, even among some of his own aides, that Trump appears disengaged from a deadly crisis that continues to grip the nation,” CNN reported.

Both Jared Kushner and Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, are worried about Trump’s reelection chances, advisers told CNN. Their fears come from the steady stream of polling from a variety of sources showing Trump’s presidency is in serious danger.

“Both Meadows and Kushner have urged a focus on the economy over the public health emergency,” said CNN. It’s a difficult campaign strategy since Trump’s economy has fallen so considerably in 2020, with an unemployment rate higher than even during the 2007-2008 recession.

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“There is a fair amount of concern,” an adviser told CNN, saying Trump is “frustrated” by the bad polling.

“There is a lot of frustration,” another adviser told CNN about how Trump and others feel.

Read the full report from CNN.

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Angst-ridden Republicans should have acted when Trump put his reelection above national security concerns: conservative columnist

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Writing in the Washington Post this Thursday, columnist Jennifer Rubin says that Senate Republicans are in serious trouble, especially in light of the stimulus bill they rolled out this week.

According to Rubin, the Senate GOP is in dire straits because "they have allowed the anti-government, anti-science Trump sycophants to disclaim any interest in the bill, thereby handing the reins to Democrats."

Rubin writes that some Republicans saying they want to see essential workers being taken care of in the bill are speaking up too late. "If only they they had some power in February to remove the unfit and corrupt president from office, instead of leaving him there to purge witnesses from his administration, seek vengeance on foes, force out inspectors general and botch the response to the coronavirus," Rubin writes.

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Facebook removes network of fake accounts that posed as Trump supporters

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Facebook said Thursday it took down accounts running a deceptive campaign out of Romania pretending to be Americans supporting US President Donald Trump ahead of the coming election.

The leading online social network removed 35 Facebook accounts, three pages, and 88 Instagram accounts as part of an ongoing fight against "coordinated inauthentic behavior," according to security policy head Nathaniel Gleicher.

"The people behind this network used fake accounts to pose as Americans, amplify and comment on their own content, and manage pages including some posing as President Trump fan pages," Gleicher said.

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Brace yourself for months of lawlessness — ‘Election Night’ likely will not end until 2021

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There’s nothing wrong with treating American politics like a sport as long as everyone involved in the competition is playing the same sport by the same rules. There’s nothing wrong as long as both sides agree the rules are legitimate, both commit to obeying them and both accept the consequences when they break them.

This article was originally published at The Editorial Board

But there is a problem with treating American politics like a sport when one side is playing soccer and the other is playing football while neither can agree to the rules, because one side won’t commit to obeying them. There is something wrong when one side not only refuses to accept the consequences of rule-breaking but sets out to undermine the idea of rules altogether. In that case, treating politics like a sport, as the Washington press corps habitually does, isn’t helpful. It’s harmful. Even dangerous.

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