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GOP governor breaks ranks and urges Senate Republicans to hold off on Ginsburg replacement

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Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY). (AFP)

On Saturday morning, Gov. Charlie Baker (R-MA) issued a statement on Twitter urging Senate Republicans to hold off on filling Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat until after the November election.

Baker, considered one of the most moderate Republican governors, did not clarify whether he supports waiting until after the new Congress is seated and presidential inauguration takes place, or just after the election itself. However, he made clear he doesn’t want the confirmation to be tainted with “partisan political infighting.”

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Immediately after Ginsburg’s reported death from cancer complications, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced he intended to fill the seat immediately, and President Donald Trump concurred on Saturday morning. Multiple Senate Republicans have suggested prior to the vacancy that they would not confirm a justice in the 2020 election year, but have yet to clarify if they still hold this view.

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A fake ‘intelligence firm’ crafted the groundwork for the Trump conspiracy theories about Hunter Biden

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It's unclear why President Donald Trump and his allies have chosen to attack Vice President Joe Biden's last living son as a key tenant to the 2020 reelection instead of focusing on his opponent himself. But according to a well-researched NBC News report by Ben Collins and Brandy Zadrozny, the "documents," actually came from a fake person that never existed using a profile photo created by an artificial intelligence face generator.

Months ago, there was a fake "intelligence" document about Hunter Biden that popped up online along with tons of "files" from a supposed laptop. None of it was real and it has all been dismissed by Trump's own associates as fake. But now it's being revealed that the company behind the effort was a fake "intelligence firm" called Typhoon Investigations, researchers and public documents revealed.

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BUSTED: Commerce Secretary was on board of Chinese joint venture — while running Trump’s trade war

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On Thursday, Foreign Policy reported that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross remained on the board of a Chinese joint venture — even while he was tasked with overseeing President Donald Trump's trade war.

"In Chinese corporate documents obtained by Foreign Policy, Ross is listed as serving on the board of a Chinese joint venture until January 2019 — nearly two years into his term as commerce secretary," reported Isaac Stone Fish. "That joint venture, now called Huaneng Invesco WLR (Beijing) Investment Fund Management Co., is an investment partnership formed in September 2008 between Huaneng Capital Services, the U.S. management company Invesco, and a firm Ross founded, WL Ross & Co. Huaneng Capital Services is an arm of China Huaneng Group, a major state-owned power producer."

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‘Shoot Black people’: Leaked chats show far-right activists fantasizing about killing random civilians

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On Thursday, The Daily Beast reported new information from leaked chat logs about the "Boogaloo Boys," a loosely-associated movement of armed right-wing activists who have tried to use recent civil rights protests as a catalyst for widespread civil unrest.

"Although the movement has outwardly painted itself as acting defensively against gun laws, the leaked chats show members actively encouraging brutal violence, including that which would target civilians, particularly on the left," reported Kelly Weill. "And despite the movement’s stated hatred for federal agents and law enforcement, many members boasted of a cozy relationship with power, including one man who claimed to be an Army soldier working special operations with Mexican federales, and the school security guard in Long Island, who said he was angling for a cop career after interning with a local sheriff."

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