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‘Scared’ Republicans ask House minority leader to lay out an agenda since Trump can’t

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House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has handed out talking points describing the GOP agenda for the upcoming election, since President Donald Trump has been unwilling to chart a course himself.

Some lawmakers “were scared” when Trump was unable to detail his second-term strategy when asked in a recent interview, so several Republicans asked McCarthy to produce an agenda for their own re-election campaigns, reported Axios.

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“Messaging is challenging, in the midst of a pandemic,” said Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC). “People were asking for this. Members want focus and structure. We as Republicans especially need it in order to be effective if we’re given the keys of power again.”

McCarthy’s talking points focus on three R’s for Republicans — “Renew the American Dream,” “Restore our Way of Life” and “Rebuild the Greatest Economy Ever” — and hits Democrats on three D’s — “Defund our police, border patrol and military,” “Dismantle our social, economic and political institutions,” and “Destroy our small businesses and entrepreneurs with crushing taxes and regulation.”

House Republicans hope Trump will also campaign on that messaging.

”I think the president’s campaign should adopt it, which we saw Donald Trump do in 2016, following the convention,” said Rep. James French Hill (R-AR).


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Expert on cult movements: Trump’s attempts to falsify reality follows ‘pattern of the Nazis’

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Aprominent psychiatrist who spent years studying Nazi Germany has called for mental health professionals to speak out about President Trump's "falsification of reality" ahead of the election, warning that his attacks on the truth echo those of the Nazis.

Dr. Robert Jay Lifton, distinguished professor emeritus at John Jay College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and a leading psychohistorian who has written extensively about doctors who aided Nazi war crimes, has long called for mental health experts to defy warnings from the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and speak out about Trump's mental health. Lifton recently published a book entitled "Losing Reality: On Cults, Cultism, and the Mindset of Political and Religious Zealotry" and was one of the 27 mental health experts featured in "The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump," the bestseller edited by Yale psychiatrist Dr. Bandy X. Lee in which mental health professionals assessed the president.

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‘We got this’: American left galvanized by death of RBG

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The death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg sounded a warning for American progressives, thousands of whom -- wracked with ever-deepening concern for the future -- gathered Saturday outside the Supreme Court to honor the late justice.

Under an autumnal sun, a constant stream of families and young people gathered in Washington -- just 45 days from the US presidential election -- to pay homage to the progressive icon, affectionately referred to as "RBG."

"Ruth, I didn't know you, but you affected my life in many ways," says one of many letters placed at the foot of the court building, among flowers, rainbow flags and Ginsburg bobblehead figurines.

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Joe Biden calls Trump’s US Supreme Court push ‘abuse of power’

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White House hopeful Joe Biden on Sunday branded Donald Trump's moves to fill a Supreme Court vacancy less than two months before the US presidential election an "abuse of power," as some of the president's own party also objected.

The prospect of an expedited Senate confirmation vote has sparked furious pushback from Democrats desperate to stop Trump moving the court lastingly to the right.

Two Republican senators have also registered their opposition to any rushed vote to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the popular liberal justice who died Friday at 87.

Biden, speaking Sunday in Philadelphia, accused Trump of exercising "raw political power" by attempting to "ram" through his court choice amidst a bitterly fought election campaign.

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