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Would Trump be cruising to re-election if Ivanka had married Sean Penn instead of Jared Kushner?

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MSNBC anchor Lawrence O’Donnell on Friday presented what he described as a “Friday night thought exercise” on the 2020 presidential election.

“If Ivanka Trump had married Sean Penn, would Donald Trump be on his way to a re-election victory tonight?” O’Donnell asked.

“Okay, stay with me here, this will only take a minute,” he continued. “And Sean, if you are watching, don’t worry — you are going to be okay with where this ends up.”

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He then laid out his case for why Ivanka should’ve married the actor, who has been married to Madonna and Robin Wright.

“We have a coronavirus testing crisis in this country tonight because Ivanka Trump married Jared Kushner, who history will surely judge to be the second-worst human being working in the Trump White House, second only to Donald Trump and, yes, worse than Stephen Miller because Jared Kushner’s wedding ring gives him more power than Steven Miller.”

“Jared Kushner should be one of the millions of private citizens with no medical training who has no idea what to do who is just watching the coronavirus battle from the civilian sidelines. Sean Penn is a private citizen with no medical training who has done more than any other private citizen with no medical training to get people tested for coronavirus in this country,” he explained.

“Sean Penn started with one pilot program close to home for him in California, and his organization, CORE, is now running 44 testing sites throughout the country, including mobile units within the Navajo Nation,” he continued. “But because Ivanka Trump married Jared Kushner, there is no national testing program and because of that Donald Trump is far behind Joe Biden in the polls.”

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Trump officials could face criminal charges for USPS sabotage — and the president may not be able to pardon them

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Members of the Trump administration could face legal jeopardy over efforts to sabotage U.S. Postal Service operations to interfere with the 2020 presidential elections.

"Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) made a criminal referral to the New Jersey Attorney General on Friday night, asking him to impanel a grand jury to look at possible breach of state election laws by President Trump, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and others for 'their accelerating arson of the post office,' he said. Alarming headlines have emerged in recent days as many states prepare to facilitate widespread mail balloting due to the coronavirus pandemic. President Trump openly admitted he was withholding federal aid from the postal service to prevent mail-in voting, and USPS has notified 46 states and D.C. that it will struggle to deliver some mail ballots on time," The Daily Beast reported Friday.

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Pepsi joins the chorus of people dunking on Tucker Carlson over Kamala Harris

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The Pepsi soda company mocked Fox News personality Tucker Carlson on Friday evening.

On Tuesday, Carlson flipped out after a guest attempted to teach him how to pronounce the name of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), who is running for vice president on Joe Biden's ticket.

Video of the exchange was posted on Twitter by Nikki McCann Ramirez, a researcher at the watchdog group Media Matters for America.

Tucker Carlson loses it when a guest corrects his pronunciation of Kamala Harris's name pic.twitter.com/1fHIrPGuwN

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Lots of red hats — but not many COVID masks — at Bedminster ‘Cops for Trump’ event with the president

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Enhanced unemployment benefits have expired and there is still no deal on the next COVID-19 stimulus package, but the president of the United States left Washington, DC on Friday for yet another weekend at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster.

"This weekend’s trip to Trump National Bedminster is the president’s 23rd since taking office, and will increase his golf-related taxpayer tab to $142 million in travel and security expenses," HuffPost White House corresponded S.V. Dáte reported Friday. "Trump has already spent 268 days on golf courses that he owns in his 1,303 days in office, of which 85 have been at Bedminster."

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