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MSNBC’s Mika blasts Trump for ‘droplet-spraying’ visit with donors knowing he was exposed to COVID-19

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MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski blasted President Donald Trump for going ahead with a New Jersey fundraiser despite showing symptoms of the coronavirus.

The New York Times reported the president was lethargic at the fundraiser at his Bedminster golf club, and the “Morning Joe” co-host was astonished by his careless disregard for even his own supporters.

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“[Reporters were] talking about some impromptu photo ops he was taking with people, his trip to Bedminster,” Brzezinski said. “He did a roundtable and reportedly delivered a droplet-spraying speech. He was interacting with people with knowledge that he was exposed.”

Host Joe Scarborough said the president knew that his senior aide Hope Hicks had tested positive before going ahead with the event.

“The president, obviously, knew about Hope Hicks, knew she was positive, still went up to this fundraiser and still was in close quarters with many of his supporters even after knowing this,” he said. “It really does show a recklessness, not just politically but also personally.”

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Panelist David Ignatius agreed, saying the president’s positive test revealed how faulty his response had been to the pandemic.

“He had other people’s health in his hands, as it were, and I think anybody who goes over these facts would ask, was the president behaving irresponsibly?” Ignatius said. “He has tried to carry himself as if he’s a kind of superman that doesn’t wear a mask, you know, implies at every stop, it’s only the weak people who are worried about this. It’s going to go away, it’s not that big a deal, and now he’s been brought low by it. You can try to manage and manipulate the news, but you know what? You can’t manage the virus. The virus ended up being stronger than all these efforts to minimize it and say it was going away, and here it is. So I think that really does shape the way all of us are going to think about the remaining days of the campaign.”

“This is the October surprise,” he added. “It is. This is the black swan that descends. You couldn’t have imagined this, really, and here it is.”

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Armed ‘sovereign citizen extremist’ arrested at Boston train station: report

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Authorities in Boston arrested an armed extremist at a train station on Thanksgiving.

"A Boston man was arrested last night and charged with illegally carrying a loaded pistol. The defendant, who allegedly purchased a firearm and body armor, and material that could be used to assemble explosives, adheres to the anti-government/anti-authority sovereign citizen extremist ideology," the Department of Justice announced Friday. "Pepo Herd El a/k/a Pepo Wamchawi Herd (El), 47, of Dorchester, was charged by criminal complaint with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition."

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Texas Republican hasn’t even been sworn in yet and already a GOP congressman is publicly dunking on him

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There was some drama on Twitter on Friday when a four-term Republican congressman dunked on a Texas Republican who won a seat in Congress but has yet to be sworn in.

It started when Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) urged President Donald Trump to pardon Edward Snowden and Julian Assange.

Rep.-elect Tony Gonzales (R-TX) called out Gabbard for being "full of more than just turkey."

Snowden and Assange are Russian agents who pose a direct threat to US National interests. Clearly @TulsiGabbard is full of more than just turkey. https://t.co/RI4XgdZRUy

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Biden’s lead in Milwaukee increases after Trump blew millions on Wisconsin recount: report

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President-elect Joe Biden's lead over Donald Trump in Wisconsin extended on Friday as Milwaukee finished their recount.

The Trump campaign had to pay $3 million for the recount in Wisconsin.

"Milwaukee County concludes its recount of the presidential election -- one of two counties where Trump sought a recount in Wisconsin. The results: Biden's lead, currently at about 20,000 statewide, grew by 132 votes," Rosalind Helderman of The Washington Post reported Friday.

Edward-Isaac Dovere of The Atlantic did a quick, back-of-the-envelope economic analysis.

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