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Trump Accuses DOJ Probe Into Alleged Bribery-For-Pardon Plot Of Being 'Fake News'

Source: Talking Points Memo

By Cristina Cabrera

December 2, 2020 7:43 a.m.

President Donald Trump called the Justice Department’s investigation into an alleged scheme involving a bribe in return for a presidential pardon “fake news” on Tuesday night.

“Pardon investigation is Fake News!” he tweeted.

It’s unclear whether Trump’s brief tweet is a denial of the probe’s existence as a whole or of the suspected activity being investigated.

The investigation itself indisputably exists; Federal Chief Judge Beryl Howell unsealed a court order on Tuesday authorizing prosecutors to access communications between individuals allegedly involved in the scheme.

Read more: https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/trump-accuses-doj-probe-into-alleged-bribery-for-pardon-plot-of-being-fake-news



https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1333979211745341441

Only 15% of Trump Voters See Biden as Legitimate


December 2, 2020 at 7:27 am EST By Taegan Goddard

A new YouGov poll finds just 15% of Donald Trump voters view Joe Biden as being legitimately elected. The rest, 85%, claim he did not legitimately win.

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https://politicalwire.com/2020/12/02/only-15-of-trump-voters-see-biden-as-legitimate/

Trump About to Suffer One Last Foreign Policy Loss on His Way Out the Door


The signature foreign policy accomplishment of the Trump presidency, such as it is, is the Abraham Accords, which saw the normalization of relations between Israel and the UAE. Part of the deal (and some have gone so far as to call this a bribe) was that the administration agreed to sell 50 F-35 aircraft, a big stockpile of missiles, and 18 Reaper drones to UAE. The members of Congress, Democratic and Republican, are largely not thrilled to drop so much extra firepower into the middle of that region, especially since Israel would have to be given additional planes/arms, thus potentially triggering an arms race. So, it appears that the sale is going to be rejected. How Trump, or the UAE, will respond to this development is anyone's guess.

It is going to be very interesting to see how Trump's foreign policy will be judged, long term. There may be no aspect of the presidency that requires more diligent, painstaking work than conducting foreign policy. Trump does not do "diligent" or "painstaking," so he went for quick and easy scores, like the photo-ops with Kim Jong-Un, or the killing of Qasem Soleimani. The problem with quick and easy foreign policy is that it tends to be ephemeral, and has little long-term impact. Surely, Trump will leave office having done less of substance, foreign policy-wise, than any president since World War II. So, on a scale of 1 to 10, he might be a 1 or a 2, right? Except that while he didn't do much that was highly positive, he also didn't do much that was highly negative. He didn't effectively cook up a war in Vietnam (like LBJ) or one in Iraq (like Bush 43). He didn't illegally bomb Cambodia (like Nixon), or overthrow the legally elected leader of Iran (like Eisenhower). So, does the absence of big, red debits on his foreign policy résumé push Trump up to a 3 or 4 on that scale of 1 to 10? It is a good question. (Z)

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https://www.electoral-vote.com/evp2020/Pres/Maps/Dec02.html#item-4

Barack Obama narrates new Jon Ossoff ad ahead of Georgia runoff: "Vote like our lives depend on it..

Barack Obama narrates new Jon Ossoff ad ahead of Georgia runoff: "Vote like our lives depend on it, because they do"

BY SOPHIE LEWIS

DECEMBER 1, 2020 / 12:40 PM / CBS NEWS

Former President Barack Obama is front and center in a new ad for Georgia Democratic Senate candidate Jon Ossoff, praising his abilities to pass a new Voting Rights Act and fight the coronavirus pandemic if elected. The ad was released Tuesday ahead of Ossoff's runoff race against Republican incumbent Senator David Perdue on January 5.

"Jon Ossoff has dedicated his career to fighting injustice," Mr. Obama says in the 30-second ad, titled "Prepared." The footage was originally filmed when the former president stumped for Ossoff in Georgia last month.

Mr. Obama touts Ossoff's connections to one of his "lifelong heroes," the late civil rights icon Representative John Lewis. In high school, Ossoff interned for the Georgia congressman, who endorsed the candidate earlier this year.

"He knows we need a new Voting Rights Act that makes sure every Georgian is treated equally under the law," Mr. Obama continues.

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https://www.cbsnews.com/news/barack-obama-jon-ossoff-campaign-ad-georgia-run-off-senate-election/





Trump Covid vaccine czar says side effects 'significantly noticeable' in 10% to 15% of recipients


PUBLISHED TUE, DEC 1 202010:48 AM ESTUPDATED 3 HOURS AGO

Berkeley Lovelace Jr.
@BERKELEYJR

President Donald Trump’s coronavirus vaccine czar said Tuesday that Pfizer and Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccines are safe, with only 10% to 15% of volunteers reporting side effects that were “significantly noticeable.”

The side effects, which come from the vaccine shots, can last up to a day and a half, said Dr. Moncef Slaoui, who is leading the Trump administration’s Covid-19 vaccine program Operation Warp Speed. The people who’ve suffered from side effects have reported redness and pain at the injection site as well as fever, chills, muscle aches and headaches, he said, adding most people have no noticeable side effects.

“The longer, more important kind of adverse events such as some autoimmune disease or others have not been reported in a different way between the placebo group and the vaccine group in these two trials, which is very reassuring,” he told the Washington Post. “I always make sure we say that [while] we know the short term and I’m going to call it mid-term effects of the vaccine is now well understood, the very long term safety is not yet understood by definition.”

Slaoui’s comments come as states prepare to distribute a Covid-19 vaccine in as little as two weeks. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention panel is scheduled to vote later Tuesday on who will be first to get a vaccine once one has been authorized by U.S. regulators.

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https://www.cnbc.com/2020/12/01/trump-covid-vaccine-czar-says-side-effects-significantly-noticeable-in-10percent-to-15percent-of-recipients.html

Trump sues to reverse Biden win in Wisconsin

Source: CNBC

PUBLISHED TUE, DEC 1 202012:10 PM EST UPDATED 31 MIN AGO

Kevin Breuninger
@KEVINWILLIAMB

Dan Mangan
@_DANMANGAN

President Donald Trump’s campaign filed a lawsuit Tuesday in Wisconsin seeking to invalidate President-elect Joe Biden’s win there, the latest long-shot court battle aimed at overturning the presidential election.

The suit asks the Wisconsin Supreme Court to disqualify more than 221,000 ballots in the state’s two most Democratic counties. Biden won the state by nearly 20,700 votes.

It asks the court to order Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and the state’s elections commission to exclude swaths of absentee ballots, which the campaign asserts are “illegal.”

The plaintiffs, who include the campaign, the president himself and Vice President Mike Pence, ask the court to block the certification of the presidential election until those ballots are cut from the final vote tally.

Read more: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/12/01/trump-campaign-files-election-lawsuit-in-wisconsin-after-state-declares-biden-won-.html

No, White Women Didn't Vote for Trump



Jonathan Chait: “White women voted for Trump. Or so you have probably heard. In the immediate aftermath of Donald Trump’s 2016 victory, the finding from early exit polls that 53 percent of white women voted for Trump formed the basis for a million social-media posts, op-eds, and rally placards. That this “fact” is not true is not even close to the biggest problem with its ubiquitous place in progressive social-justice discourse.”

“The 53 percent figure turned out to be erroneous, and corrected analyses eventually pegged Trump’s share of the white female electorate closer to 47 percent. Nonetheless, the impulse that propelled so many writers to blame white women for electing Trump proved strong enough to survive even after the factual basis was undercut. Indeed, left-wing opinion writers continued churning out polemics based on the erroneous 53 percent figure for years.”

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