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

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Composite image of Donald Trump (screengrab) and Michael Bloomberg, photo by Ralph Alswang.

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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While it may seem late for such a push to make a difference, New York Times polling expert Nate Cohn argues on Twitter that Bloomberg’s play could be much more effective than many observers believe.

The key, argues Cohn, is that most of the early vote in Texas has already gone to Biden, which means Trump is relying on big turnout on election day to make up the difference.

Cohn then pointed to a recent New York Times/Siena poll that showed Trump with a slight lead in the state, although it also showed some glaring vulnerabilities that Bloomberg could exploit.

“Trump’s strength in our poll is among Latino voters who haven’t yet voted, probably aren’t too engaged, and probably have conflicting views that ads can exploit,” Cohn explained. “There are also a handful of undecided and minor party voters who you might hope to lure over. In our poll, they disapproved of the president. So there’s some upside there too.”

He then said that Trump’s campaign, which currently faces a cash disadvantage compared to Biden’s campaign, likely won’t be able to rally resources into the two states in time to combat Bloomberg’s ad blitz.

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“I’d guess they can’t play serious defense — and Bloomberg could always realize anyway — which makes it all the more dangerous.”


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Donald Trump’s eyes and ears at the Justice Department banned from the building: report

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The Associated Press reported Thursday that President Donald Trump’s eyes and ears at the Justice Department was barred from entering the building.

The report revealed that Heidi Stirrup, "an ally of top Trump adviser Stephen Miller," was pressuring Justice Department staff to hand over sensitive documents and information about alleged "election fraud" and other issues that are important to Trump.

Attorney General Bill Barr told the AP on Tuesday that there was no widespread election fraud or voter fraud, as Trump has claimed for the past several weeks since losing the 2020 election. Trump alleged that Barr “hasn’t looked very hard."

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Obama says some Black men are persuaded by Trump’s ‘macho’ bravado bragging about women and money

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In part two of the SnapChat interview with President Barack Obama, Peter Hamby asked how President Donald Trump was able to persuade so many Black men to support him over President-elect Joe Biden.

When Obama was elected he got about 95 percent of the Black vote, where Biden got about 80 percent.

"Well, look, I think men, generally, are more susceptible to public figures who act tough, sort of the stereotypical macho style," Obama said, while videos of Trump showing off his flabby muscles appeared. "I don't think Black men are immune to that any more than White or Hispanic men are. A lot of the values of pop culture are extolling wealth, power, frankly, greed, not thinking about other people because you're so ruthless you're just looking out for yourself."

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‘I’m utterly embarrassed’: Michigan Republican admits Rudy Giuliani ‘waded into the realm of insanity’

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Michigan state Rep. Aaron Miller, a Republican, this week accused Rudy Giuliani of entering the "realm of insanity" with his testimony to lawmakers in Michigan.

Miller made the remarks following Giuliani's wild testimony to the Michigan House Oversight Committee.

"I’m happy to thoughtfully listen to evidence and claims and that was what today was supposed to be about, but Mr. Giuliani’s final statement waded into the realm of insanity," Miller said, according to The Detroit News. "He made wild and broad partisan insults for several minutes that had nothing to do with the election, and it was frankly unacceptable, shameful, and pathetic and distracts from any evidence that we might hear."

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