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‘This is only the beginning’: Atlantic editor tells Trump more is to come over his soldier insults

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Atlantic editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg warned that more could be coming in the story about President Donald Trump’s attacks on American soldiers. Trump was exposed for calling those who died in battle “losers” and “suckers.

“I would fully expect more reporting to come out about this and more confirmation and new pieces of information in the coming days and weeks,” Goldberg told CNN Sunday. “We have a responsibility and we’re going to do it regardless of what he says.”

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Trump’s campaign has attacked The Atlantic story, saying that it cites anonymous sources and as a result, it can’t possibly be real. The problem, however, is that Fox News, the Associated Press, the New York Times and CNN have all confirmed the sources are real.

Goldberg explained that’s how the press does its job and is able to get information about things that happen behind closed doors.

“We all have to use anonymous sources, especially in a climate where the president of the United States tries to actively intimidate,” Goldberg said about the sources. “These are not people who are anonymous to me.”

It was a topic that Watergate investigative reporter Carl Bernstein explained is a crucial tool for journalists.

“Almost all 200 of our stories about Watergate were based on anonymous sourcing,” he said. During the Trump era, “reporting is almost uniformly based on anonymous sourcing in part because that’s the only way we can get to the truth.”

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Trump’s team has a knack for going on the attack against anyone who speaks out against the president. Supporters call in threats or try swatting a Trump foe. There have been death threats, threats to someone’s family and bombs mailed to reporters.

Instead of attacking the source behind the story, Trump went after Laurene Powell Jobs, wife of the late Steve Jobs, who is part owner of The Atlantic.

“We’re not going to be intimidated by the President of the United States. We’re going to do our jobs,” Goldberg said.

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A Never-Trump Republican changed her mind — then crumbled when she tried to explain why

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In a recent op-ed for the Washington Post, Republican Danielle Pletka declared that despite the fact that she refused to vote for Donald Trump in 2016, she now feels compelled to support him in 2020. The piece quickly caught fire online, inspiring ridicule and sympathy from differing corners and triggering a surprising amount of discussion.

In one sense, it’s hard to see what the big deal was. The Post publishes opinion pieces in support of Trump frequently, and this one was not particularly special. Pletka herself is not a particularly notable figure. Like many op-eds, it was sloppy and unpersuasive, making huge leaps of reasoning and glossing over critical points in the argument. It didn’t take seriously any compelling counterarguments. It was, in other words, a mere display of partisan loyalty from a Republican who would prefer to be inside the tent than outside of it.

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Here’s the doomsday scenario in Pennsylvania that could cost Joe Biden the election

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On Monday, the Philadelphia Inquirer walked through a potential voter error that could cost Joe Biden Pennsylvania — the exclusion of so-called "naked ballots," or mail-in ballots that aren't properly sealed in two layers of envelopes.

"The state Supreme Court in Pennsylvania, a critical battleground state that’s seen as increasingly likely to determine who wins the White House, last week ordered officials to throw out 'naked ballots' — mail ballots that arrive without inner 'secrecy envelopes,'" reported Jonathan Lai. "Pennsylvania uses a two-envelope mail ballot system: A completed ballot goes into a 'secrecy envelope' that has no identifying information, and then into a larger mailing envelope that the voter signs."

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The death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg may have already doomed Obamacare

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death may drastically affect the fate of a lawsuit seeking to strike down Obamacare — even if President Donald Trump fails to replace her with a more conservative justice.

This article originally appeared at Salon.

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