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Trump is dragging down Republicans in Pennsylvania — and Democrats could take the Assembly: report

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If Democratic voters show up in the next week they could finally capture the Pennsylvania legislature.

According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, President Donald Trump’s popularity in the suburbs has also dragged Republican candidates down the ballot into losses.

“Democratic candidates and outside groups are outspending Republicans by a margin of more than three to one across the most competitive battleground districts, according to data from the ad-tracking firm Advertising Analytics. Democrats need a net gain of nine seats to win a majority,” said the report. “Republicans have a tighter grip on control of the state Senate, though Democrats are also spending heavily in their bid to flip the four seats necessary for an effective majority.”

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Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf hasn’t been able to move much of his big-ticket agenda items like an infrastructure package and an increase in the minimum wage because of the blockade in the GOP-led Assembly and Senate. With a change in the state Assembly, however, Wolf could begin to pass some of the bills and put greater pressure on state Senate Republicans to deal on a bill.

Of greater import, however, is the legislature, which will lead the redrawing of lines of the congressional districts that will decide of leaders. The Senate is still expected to “Lean Republican,” CPR said.

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Conservative columnist accuses Republicans of turning their voters into a mob of anti-democracy fascists

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Conservative Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin attacked Republican officials who have spent the past decade turning their most ardent supporters into a kind of anti-democracy mob.

Writing her column on Monday, Rubin cited the CNN interviews with Gov. Larry Hogan (R-MD) and John Bolton as being one of a handful of Republicans willing to speak out against the tyranny that President Donald Trump is being allowed to continue.

“State election officials and judges throughout the country are serving as protectors of our democracy at a time when, frankly, Republican leaders in Washington, D.C., are failing miserably at the job, as are administration officials who have proven willing to degrade themselves, to serve the president’s brittle spirit instead of the Constitution and the American people," Rubin cited CNN's Jake Tapper from "State of the Union" this Sunday.

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WATCH: Melania Trump goes maskless as she participates in White House Christmas tree delivery

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First Lady Melania Trump declined to wear a face mask as she was receiving this year's White House Christmas tree.

In White House video released on Monday, the first lady can be seen without a mask while accepting delivery of the tree. However, masks were worn by everyone else seen in the video.

The White House has been criticized for allowing COVID-19 to spread at events where attendees are not required to wear masks. At least two "super spreader" events have already taken place at the White House.

The First Lady's Office has said that Hanukkah and Christmas celebrations are expected to take place with smaller crowds.

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The Republican Party has already burst at the seams in the wake of Trump’s defeat: conservative columnist

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Almost three weeks after Election Day — with President-elect Joe Biden having won 306 electoral votes and defeating President Donald Trump by more than 6 million in the popular vote — Trump has yet to concede and continues to claim, without evidence, that the election was stolen from him through widespread voter fraud. Some prominent Republicans, including Sen. Mitt Romney, are urging Trump to acknowledge Biden's victory, while others won't say a word against the president. And conservative Washington Post opinion writer Jennifer Rubin, in a November 23 column, argues that these divisions with the GOP need to become a litmus test — and that Republicans who refuse to accept the election results should become pariahs.

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