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Trump’s Homeland Security chief swears he never downplayed white supremacist terrorist threats

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President Donald J. Trump congratulates Department of Homeland Security Undersecretary Chad Wolf and his family, following Wolf’s ceremonial swearing-in by Vice President Mike Pence Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, in the Oval Office of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour)

Chad Wolf, the acting Secretary of Homeland Security that the courts have said is illegitimate serving in the position, said that he really is concerned about white supremacist terrorism in the United States, despite claims from a former official of his.

The New York Times reported Wolf told Senators Wednesday “It’s a fabrication, completely,” that he buried threat assessments on racist extremists.

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It’s a charge that came from former DHS official Elizabeth Neumann, who recently endorsed Joe Biden after leaving her position. Neumann claimed that at no time in her career did she see intelligence that indicated anti-fascist protesters were a threat to the United States or running any sort of extremist or terrorist operation. Still, Wolf and others in the Trump administration have claimed that there is a greater focus on liberal protesters and groups like Black Lives Matter while white extremist groups are being ignored.

“At least in this administration, there’s not going to be anything substantive done on domestic terrorism,” Neumann said.

She wasn’t the only one who has alleged Wolf ignored or tried to downplay intelligence, however. Whistleblower Brian Murphy filed an official report on Wolf ignoring threats from Russia on the 2020 election.

The Times reported that Murphy alleged Wolf told him “not to disseminate a report on a Russian disinformation campaign to denigrate Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s mental health because it ‘made the president look bad.'” Murphy said he was warned that the actions threatened “national security.”

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Here’s why Wall Street has decided it’s fine with Democrats sweeping the election

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President Donald Trump has tried to portray himself as an economic savior, and warned that Joe Biden winning the election would be a disaster for jobs and businesses.

But according to Politico, Wall Street executives don't agree. Many of them are now actively rooting for Democrats to sweep the 2020 election — because Republicans have failed to deliver crucial stimulus.

"Traders in recent weeks have been piling into bets that a 'blue wave' election, in which Democrats also seize the Senate, will produce an economy-juicing blast of fresh fiscal stimulus of $3 trillion or more that carries the U.S. past the coronavirus crisis and into a more normal environment for markets," reported Ben White. "Far from panicking at the prospect of a Biden win, Wall Street CEOs, traders and investment managers now mostly say they would be fine with a change in the White House that reduces the Trump noise, lowers the threat of further trade wars and ensures a continuation of the government spending they’ve seen in recent years."

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Expert: Trump in a ‘dangerous’ battle with Bloomberg to win Texas for Biden

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Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg this week revealed that he's making a major last-minute ad blitz aimed at winning both Texas and Ohio for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

According to the New York Times, Bloomberg's Independence USA super PAC is "directing millions toward television advertising" in the two states in the hopes of swaying undecided voters into backing Biden instead of President Donald Trump.

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MSNBC’s Morning Joe can’t wait for Democrats to throw McConnell’s words back in his face

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell gave Democrats every justification to expand the Supreme Court.

The "Morning Joe" host -- an ex-Republican -- said Democrats should throw McConnell's words back in his face to make the case for expanding the court if they retake the majority, after Republicans brazenly violated their own precedent to ram through Amy Coney Barrett.

"I love watching stuff like this," Scarborough said. "This is, like, do I need some popcorn? No, I'll tell you why. Every word that Mitch McConnell -- every single word -- and if Democrats have half a brain, and if they're not wimps, they will actually lift that speech word for word and use it when they expand the court to 11 or 12 justices."

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