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Trump ‘lives in an alternative universe’ on COVID infection rates: Ex-Health Secretary

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Kathleen Sebelius (MSNBC)

On CNN Wednesday, former Kansas governor and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius demolished President Donald Trump’s claims about the coronavirus pandemic.

“The president delivered his second news conference in two nights, but we still were not presented with a coordinated federal plan to beat the virus,” said anchor John Berman. “We’re nearly at 4 million new cases, daily briefings for the president are one thing but action is another. So what do you make of what he’s saying versus doing?”

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“Well, I have a feeling tonight, once again, that the president lives in an alternative universe,” said Sebelius. “I’m not sure who is beaming up information to him, but it doesn’t match any of the facts that I know … we just exceeded 1,000 deaths yesterday, it’s likely we’ll do it again today. That is on the uptick. It’s not a very good job.”

“The Kaiser Family Foundation documented that cases in hot spot states in nursing homes are once again on the rise at an alarming rate, increasing at about four times the case rate in non-hot spot states, so once again, nursing homes are vulnerable even with the tightest lockdown rules in the world,” said Sebelius. “I keep hearing about lots of shortages of PPE in nursing homes, but they are not in good shape. Parents are terrified about sending their kids to school with really no clear guidance, no clear information, and on Mitch McConnell’s desk is a package of resources for cities and states that they could use to hire additional cleaning crews, get additional spaces, hire additional personnel to accompany kids so that you could break them into smaller groups. None of that has happened, and once again, the president declares we are doing a very good job.”

“I’m with the scientists on this information … the president is once again giving really dangerously false information to the American public,” she added.

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‘It’s like Kindergarten’: CNN’s Anderson Cooper tears into Trump’s juvenile attacks on Kamala Harris’ name

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On CNN Monday, anchor Anderson Cooper played clips of President Donald Trump making fun of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and deliberately mispronouncing her name.

"By the way, you know who's further left than Bernie is Kamala," said Trump in the clip. "She's the most liberal senator in America. Kamala. Kamala. Senator Kamala Harris is a sponsor of the Green New Deal, Biden's running mate, Kamala Harris. You pronounce her name wrong, she will go crazy. Kamala, like a comma. You like Kamala?"

"Obviously, not something he's done once or twice," said Cooper. "It's like Kindergarten, remember? When everyone used to make fun of people's names. It happens again and again and again, much like how, to this day, he still emphasizes President Obama's middle name, Hussein."

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Trump’s DHS prepares to send federal agents to cities for election: ‘We have teams ready to go’

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Homeland Security agencies are preparing for civil unrest as tensions climb leading into the last week of the presidential election.

"We have teams ready to go as needed ...  we don't have any specific intelligence that suggests any particular threat of violence," said Ken Cuccinelli, the senior official performing the duties of the Homeland Security deputy secretary.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is putting personnel on standby through next week's election, according to a senior ICE official who spoke with CNN. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has been regularly training personnel -- an extension of the deployments this summer, an agency official said.

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Trump has become ‘The Incredible Shrinking President’ as Americans tune him out: Pennsylvania AG

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On Monday, Pennsylvania's Democratic Attorney General, Josh Shapiro, hit back at President Donald Trump's threats that he would be "watching" the state for signs of voter fraud.

"What's your response to the president, who made those allegations without any evidence at all in your state?" asked anchor Wolf Blitzer.

"He says he's watching, about the only thing I have seen here in Pennsylvania is that Donald Trump has gone 0-5 in court challenges against us here," said Shapiro. "Court challenges where he has alleged widespread voter fraud, and yet never was able to back it up with a shred of evidence. That's why courts have dismissed these baseless lawsuits that he's filed. Apparently, now that he's lost in court time and time again, he's gone into the public square to spin a tale and tell these lies and attack our governor."

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