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Trump slammed for letting US troops be ‘hunted’ after using them as a prop against NFL players kneeling

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GQ Reporter Julia Ioffe flattened conservative arguments that somehow isn’t a big deal that Russia put a bounty on the heads of American troops.

Speaking to MSNBC’s Ari Melber on Wednesday that this all goes back to the first scandal of President Donald Trump’s administration: his strange ties to Russia.

“When Donald Trump was confronted with overwhelming evidence of the fact that the Russians were trying to help him and was questioned about why he was being so friendly with Vladimir Putin, despite his terrible track record on democracy, human rights, etc, he said, ‘You know, it is important to talk to the Russians. They’re a nuclear power. We have to keep talking to them.’ Now we see a story like this, you think, what was the point of all those conversations? What were you even talking about if this is not something that rises to the level of a phone call with Vladimir Putin.”

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Melber cited a New York Times report saying that this latest scandal “rivals some of the worst days of the Cold War.” He asked at what point Americans, regardless of partisanship, decide to put country first.

“And at what point does it target a very key part of Donald Trump’s base, and a big part of Republicans’ messaging about patriotism and supporting the troops?” asked Ioffe. “If kneeling during the national anthem is disrespectful about the troops, what is ignoring intelligence that our troops are being hunted for money, sent to them from the Kremlin? At what point does that rise in the minds of Trump voters? Or voters in general?”

Trump has spent the better part of the past several years attacking Black sports stars kneeling during the National Anthem, saying that it disrespects the flag and the American soldiers fighting overseas.

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Arizona swing voters are rejecting Trump’s law-and-order attacks on Joe Biden: focus group

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A focus group of Arizona voters held by NPR has found that President Donald Trump's claims that former Vice President Joe Biden will abolish the police are falling flat.

The focus group showed voters a Trump campaign ad featuring a fictitious elderly woman frantically dialing 911 when an intruder entered her house -- only to be told that the entire police department had been defunded thanks to Biden.

However, even Trump voters in the focus group found the ad to be way over the top.

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If Trump loses two more states it’s ‘ballgame over’: AP reporter

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Appearing on MSNBC's " Morning Joe," Associated Press White House correspondent Jonathan Lemire explained Donald Trump's chances of being re-elected have reached the point where, if he loses the electoral votes of one more, he will be out of luck and out of office.

Speaking with co-host Joe Scarborough, Lemire was asked where Trump stands in the battleground states he so desperately needs.

"Both campaigns agree that there are six battleground states to decide this election: Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, Arizona, North Carolina, Florida," he began. "Now the president has to play defense and has had to spend resources and had to go the past week to places like Ohio, Texas -- Georgia is another one where he has to play defense. We don't see, outside of perhaps New Hampshire, a place where Democrats have to do the same now that the Trump campaign has ceded Michigan."

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Trump’s executive orders are confusing and unconstitutional — and likely to hurt his own voters. He doesn’t care.

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As we went into the weekend, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had washed his hands of the negotiations over the vitally necessary COVID-19 relief package, leaving Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and former Tea Party zealot turned White House chief of staff Mark Meadows to try to hash out a deal. Word was that the Democrats had come down from their demand for $3 trillion in various relief programs to $2 trillion, while the White House stuck to its offer of $1 trillion and not a penny more. By Friday, the Senate was going home and the talks had irretrievably stalled.
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