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Questions raised after Mike Pence insisted on sitting at VP debate with Kamala Harris

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Vice President Mike Pence’s team revealed details about the debate negotiations on Monday when they said that they wouldn’t support a plastic barrier between the candidates after Pence was exposed to the coronavirus.

Pence, who sat in front of COVID-positive Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) at the Rose Garden ceremony nominated Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. Pence then mingled with those at the event inside the White House. The virus has also spread quickly throughout the White House and the Executive Office buildings where the VP’s staff works.

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But according to Pence’s spokesperson, Katie Miller, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) can bring her own plastic to put between the two to protect herself from Pence.

The White House maintains a belief that when they test negative it means they haven’t contracted the virus. The reality, according to a virologist, is that they may not have the amount of live virus necessary to trigger a positive test.

The debate deal between Pence and Harris also revealed that Pence wanted to sit down during the debate. It was a detail that conservative Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin found strange.

“Pence insistence on sitting at the debate now raises some questions. Does he have a stamina problem? Has he been ill?” she asked on Twitter Monday.

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REVEALED: Far-right extremists are circulating plans to lock down Arizona streets if Trump is re-elected

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On Saturday, The Arizona Republic reported that far-right paramilitary groups are circulating plans to lock down neighborhoods in the Phoenix, Arizona metropolitan area in the event that President Donald Trump is re-elected, supposedly to police left-wing protesters.

"In Arizona, the head of the Prescott-area chapter of the Oath Keepers group, which recruits military and law enforcement officers, has warned residents to be prepared to protect their neighborhoods from feared extreme left-wing protesters who would be upset should President Donald Trump be re-elected," reported Richard Ruelas. "Part of that the pro-Trump group'splan involved closing streets and assigning monitors to control access, according to a planning document shared with The Republic."

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America’s crimes against humanity aren’t on the ballot this year — but they should be

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The 2020 presidential election is a life-and-death decision for thousands of people vulnerable to COVID-19, for a globe under the assault from the climate crisis, and for the future of American democracy. And yet for all the urgency, the political campaign still suffers under the weight and stench of bullshit.

This article first appeared in Salon.

Philosopher Harry Frankfurt warns in his bestselling pamphlet "On Bullshit" that "bullshit" is more injurious than the blatant lie. One reason among many is that bullshit blurs the line between reality and fiction, offering a manipulative incorporation of truth to strengthen its own capacity to persuade. Absolute falsity, in contrast, is obvious to anyone with minimal awareness of the facts. When the Trump administration recently declared that one of its grand achievements was "ending the pandemic," most people laughed in disbelief. This is a lie fit for consumption only from inhabitants of a collective similar to the Rev. Jim Jones' notorious People's Temple settlement in Guyana.

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Conservatives are hopping mad that their clumsy Hunter Biden smear is a flop

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Welcome to another edition of What Fresh Hell?, Raw Story’s roundup of news items that might have become controversies under another regime, but got buried – or were at least under-appreciated – due to the daily firehose of political pratfalls, unhinged tweet storms and other sundry embarrassments coming out of the current White House.

In 2016, Steve Bannon did an amazing job rolling out the Clinton Foundation nontroversy. He gave The New York Times and CNN early access to Peter Schweizer's book, Clinton Cash, and the outlets gave it mainstream credibility. Later, when the Uranium One story was thoroughly debunked, it didn't matter. The foundation remained under a pall of fuzzy suspicions.

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