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Trump already blaming fraud for possible election loss — but fraud’s the only way he can win: op-ed

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Writing in The Guardian this Friday, Art Cullen says that President Trump’s reelection chances are facing big hurdles in the Midwest, partly due to the fact that the “second quarter of 2020 was the worst in history.”

“Trump started trade wars with China, Mexico and Canada that have flattened manufacturing up and down the Mississippi River,” Cullen writes. “Corn prices are at their lowest level in a decade. Meatpacking workers across the midwest were ordered on to unsafe kill floors, shoulder to shoulder, sending fear shuddering through communities as the coronavirus rages. It is all deeply unsettling, and the polls reflect it. Here in Storm Lake, Iowa, the police chief took a knee with Black Lives Matter protesters in Chautauqua Park. This is for real. This is not 2016.”

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Where Trump once enjoyed endless support, things are looking testy. Trump’s relationship with Mitch McConnell appears strained after the two couldn’t finalize a coronavirus relief package before the Friday deadline — all while the pandemic continues to rage out of control.

“Trump says the only way he can lose is through election fraud. In fact, it seems more likely that the only way he can win is through fraud,” Cullen writes. “In April, Wisconsin Republicans tried to stop voters in a key Wisconsin election for a supreme court justice that was a proxy on Trump – and Trump lost, as stubborn cheeseheads stood in line for hours at great personal infection danger to vote. He desperately needs Wisconsin. But the paper mills are shutting down, dairy operators are drowning in a glut of corporate milk, and furious teachers are organizing like never before.”

In contrast, according to Cullen, Biden has offered a steady rollout of plans designed to fix problems, along with a “heavy dose of decency and respect.”

“That’s what people want to hear, not whining,” writes Cullen.

Read the full op-ed over at The Guardian.

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How Christian nationalism in the US legislates evil and punishes the poor

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On August 26th, during the Republican National Convention, Vice President Mike Pence closed out his acceptance speech with a biblical sleight of hand. Speaking before a crowd at the Fort McHenry National Monument in Baltimore, he exclaimed, “Let’s fix our eyes on Old Glory and all she represents. Let’s fix our eyes on this land of heroes and let their courage inspire.” In doing so, he essentially rewrote a passage from the New Testament’s Book of Hebrews: “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross.”

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Mudslinging, half-truths and a clash of cultures: Here are 7 things to look for in tonight’s Trump-Biden debate

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Well, we can be sure tonight’s debate will be sarcastic, insulting and lively – and a fact-checker’s heaven, starting with why Donald Trump hasn't paid any income taxes recently.

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‘It was all a hoax’: NYT destroys Donald Trump’s claims of business success in second blockbuster on his taxes

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President Donald Trump's tax returns have resulted in a second bombshell story by The New York Times.

"From the back seat of a stretch limousine heading to meet the first contestants for his new TV show “The Apprentice,” Donald J. Trump bragged that he was a billionaire who had overcome financial hardship. 'I used my brain, I used my negotiating skills and I worked it all out,” he told viewers. “Now, my company is bigger than it ever was and stronger than it ever was.' It was all a hoax," the newspaper reported Monday evening.

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