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Senior officials battling White House over urgent risk of reopening schools

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Public health officials are increasingly worried that states — especially in the South — are not seriously considering the coronavirus risks associated with reopening schools.

Trump administration officials have insisted to governors that reopening schools could be done safely, but senior officials have recently pressed White House officials to improve their messaging about the potential risks, reported The Daily Beast.

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“If you have Trump going out there and saying everything is fine, there’s a risk that that’s what people are going to think going back,” said one senior official. “There’s a real possibility that counties won’t implement all the measures outlined in the [Centers for Disease Control] guidelines and will just say, ‘Look, we’re doing the best we can and that’s it.’ There’s no one to enforce that stuff.”

So far officials close to President Donald Trump have pushed back on those efforts, insisting that the risks of staying home again outweighed the risks of going back to school.

“Not only does the president want to see schools open safely but so do teachers, students, parents, and health professionals,” said White House spokesperson Judd Deere. “We cannot allow our children’s mental and social development to be held hostage.”

It’s increasingly clear that COVID-19 spreads most easily in crowded, enclosed spaces, and new research suggests children can transmit the virus more readily than previously believed — but officials can’t see the administration pivot away from downplaying the risks.

“So much emphasis has been put on supporting this idea of getting kids back to school that they aren’t going to backpedal down,” one senior official told The Daily Beast.

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‘Trump is still trying to prove his worth to his daddy’: ‘Art of the Deal’ co-author

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Art of the Deal co-author Tony Schwartz appeared on an MSNBC panel with Michael Cohen and Anthony Scaramucci to discuss what they understand about President Donald Trump and his psychology.

Schwartz, who said that the only reason he wrote the book was for money, explained that the people that are endeared to Trump are primarily those who never felt good enough as young boys.

"First, it is mostly men," said Schwartz. "Women are overwhelmingly against Trump. There is a disease that especially afflicts men and, most of all, men who grow up with a feeling of not being good enough. The disease of trying to win from the outside world through money and power and fame the love and recognition that was missing for them when they grew up in their own families. It is the heart of why Trump does what he does. He's still trying to prove his worth to his daddy. It is the story I tell about myself in Dealing with the Devil. I suspect it's true. I don't know. I suspect it is true for Michael and Anthony."

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Ex-Homeland Security official describes how Trump suppressed efforts to fight white supremacist terrorism

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On CNN Wednesday, former Trump administration national security staffer Miles Taylor outlined how the president's soft spot for white supremacy — put on full display at the previous night's presidential debate — carried over into federal policy.

"You previously told me President Trump didn't prioritize white supremacist violence or domestic threats in general," said anchor Wolf Blitzer. "How did that become clear in your meetings with him and your work deep inside the Trump administration?"

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This far-right militant group has recruited thousands of police, soldiers, and veterans – and they’re coming for you

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The Atlantic investigation has unearthed a chilling far-right militant group comprised of thousands of veterans, soldiers and police. What this group intends to do on Election Day still remains to be seen, but there is a growing concern for the safety of American voters as we head toward arguably the most contentious election cycle in our country's history.

At the start of the subject's examination, journalist Mike Giglio read a collection of diary entries by Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes wherein he traced back to the launch of the ultra-conservative group in early 2009. Giglio would subsequently report on his findings between 2009-2015, just prior to the start of President Donald J. Trump's campaign.

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