'Lunatic ranting in an asylum': Trump mocked for telling voters 'we don’t need your votes'
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by Carl Gibson
6h ago
During a Friday night campaign rally in West Palm Beach, Florida, former President Donald Trump bizarrely suggested to a crowd of prospective voters in a state with 30 Electoral College votes that they shouldn't feel compelled to vote for him. "I actually tell our people we don’t need your vote. We got so many votes, we don’t need them," Trump is seen saying in a video tweeted by MeidasTouch senior digital editor @acyn. "We just don't want to see votes stolen, we don't want to say, 'you know, steal the vote,' we're not letting it happen. We're not gonna let it happen, not happening again." L ..read more
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Trump’s habitual incoherence caught top CEOs by surprise. How is that possible?
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by John Stoehr
6h ago
Sometimes I wonder if all the attention Donald Trump gets is going to backfire. I suppose “wonder” might be another word for “hope,” but I don’t hope (or wonder) without a good reason. There are so many people, even powerful people, who are not paying attention to this election. Why? Perhaps because Trump dominates news of it. For example, I was watching this clip this morning. In it, CNBC host Andrew Ross Sorkin reported what he heard from some of America’s top CEOs yesterday after their meeting with Trump in Washington. — (@) Many of them, Sorkin said, had been “predisposed to former Pres ..read more
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'These two things cannot both be true': Top GOP rep scrutinized for 'mysterious' investments
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by Carl Gibson
9h ago
Rep. Bob Good (R-Virginia), who chairs the far-right House Freedom Caucus, is competing in a tough primary race against a Republican state senator endorsed by former President Donald Trump. And now he's facing additional scrutiny over financial disclosure reports that are raising more questions than they're answering. According to a Friday report in NOTUS, the Virginia Republican has been cagey in his answers about what he did with his significant amounts of money invested in various stocks and mutual funds. The publication reported that previously, Good had anywhere between $200,000 and $1 ..read more
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Rick Scott’s IVF pledge using his own grandkids slammed as 'lie' by Democrats
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by David Badash
11h ago
U.S. Senator Rick Scott (R-FL), running for re-election and running to replace Mitch McConnell as Senate Republican Leader, has put out a new seven-figure ad that uses his children and grandchildren as he pledges to protect in-vitro fertilization (IVF), but Democrats in the Sunshine State are accusing him of lying. “My wife Ann and I have two daughters and seven perfect grandkids. Each is a precious gift from God. But sometimes families need help. Millions of babies have come into this world from IVF, in-vitro fertilization. In fact, our youngest daughter’s receiving an IVF treatment right n ..read more
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'Voters aren’t holding their breath': Dems slam 'con artist' Trump over economic promises
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by Carl Gibson
12h ago
Former President Donald Trump is attempting to reinvent himself in the 2024 cycle by embracing economic populism. But Democrats are warning voters to not be taken in, pointing to his pat record of empty promises. According to a Semafor report from Friday, Trump's promise to eliminate taxes on tips for workers in the service industry has raised eyebrows, with several Republican members of Congress indicating support for it. This is especially relevant to younger voters, who are much more likely to work in jobs where the bulk of their income is reliant on customer tips. Trump's proposal to eas ..read more
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Trump’s Supreme Court justices strike down his bump stock ban
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by David Badash
13h ago
In a 6-3 decision along partisan lines, right-wing justices on the U.S. Supreme Court ruled a bump stock, an accessory used in America’s most-deadly mass shooting, that effectively turns an AR-15 into a machine gun, cannot be regulated under current law. Justice Clarence Thomas authored the majority opinion. The device is so dramatically lethal pro-gun President Donald Trump banned it in 2018. “The Supreme Court just effectively legalized machine guns,” is the headline of Ian Millhiser’s report at Vox. He says Friday’s ruling “effectively legalizes civilian ownership of automatic weapons ..read more
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'Terrible for America': Ohio paper rips J.D. Vance and Jim Jordan for Merrick Garland attack
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by Alex Henderson
13h ago
On Wednesday, June 12, the U.S. House of Representatives voted, 216-207, to hold U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland in contempt of Congress for refusing to hand over audio recordings of President Joe Biden's interviews with Robert Hur — the former special counsel who led a federal investigation of classified documents that were found in Biden's Delaware home. Hur ultimately declined to bring any charges. The June 12 vote came down along party lines, and only one House Republican voted against holding Garland in contempt of Congress: Rep. David Joyce (R-Ohio). In a podcast posted on June 1 ..read more
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'Dangerous stuff': Ex-Treasury secretary warns of 'worldwide economic warfare' if Trump wins
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by Elizabeth Preza
15h ago
Lawrence Summers, who served as the 71st Secretary of the Treasury under former President Bill Clinton, warned of “worldwide economic warfare” if Donald Trump implements his policy proposalspolicy proposals, Bloomberg reports. Summers spoke with Bloomberg Television’s Wall Street Week with David Westin on Friday, describing Trump’s policy ideas as “a prescription for the mother of all stagflations.” According to Bloomberg, Summers’ comments came on the heels of Trump, in a meeting with Republicans on Capitol Hill Thursday, floating “using tariff hikes as a way to pay for some income tax cu ..read more
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'Pyongyang in the rotunda': GOP red carpet rollout for Trump’s DC trip likened to North Korea
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by David Badash
16h ago
Donald Trump’s first return to Capitol Hill since the violent and deadly January 6, 2021 insurrection he fomented elicited responses of celebratory embrace, near-coronation, and a whitewashing of history from House and Senate Republicans and some of the mainstream media. That has critics sounding the alarm, likening their remarks to those of the subjects of authoritarian dictators like North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. Trump is the Republican Party’s presumptive 2024 presidential nominee, a convicted felon awaiting sentencing who remains criminally indicted and out on bail in three other jurisdicti ..read more
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Conservative GOP lawmaker 'badly undermines' Mike Johnson’s 'core' argument against Jack Smith
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by Alex Henderson
16h ago
During an interview with right-wing Fox News on Wednesday, June 12, House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-Louisiana) offered some possible ways to "rein in" Jack Smith — the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) special counsel who is prosecuting two federal criminal cases against former President Donald Trump. Johnson, a Trump loyalist, proposed using "the power of the purse" to defund Smith's office. And some Democrats have been arguing that when Johnson threatens to defund the DOJ, he is doing something that Republicans often accuse Democrats of: defunding the police (in fact, many prominent Democrats ..read more
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