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Trump appointee resigns over order requiring presidential 'loyalty' for 'apolitical' civil servants

President Trump signed an executive order last week that could turn tens of thousands of nonpartisan career civil service jobs into "excepted service" positions, stripping federal scientists, public health experts, attorneys, regulators, and other policy professions of civil service protections. These career employees would essentially become political appointees whom the president could fire without cause or recourse.Ronald Sanders, appointed by Trump to head the Federal Salary Council, cited t...
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Justice Kavanaugh seems to argue no votes should be counted after Election Day. He may get his wish in key states.

The Supreme Court sided with Republicans in Wisconsin on Monday, ruling 5-3 along ideological lines that Wisconsin can count only those absentee ballots that arrive by Election Day — even if they were mailed days earlier. Since first-class mail has been taking an average of 10 days to be delivered in the state, Wisconsin's Democratic Party urged mail-in Democrats to hand-deliver their absentee ballots or vote in person.The practical issue involves what happens with Wisconsin's 700,000 ou...
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Virginia Military Institute superintendent resigns amid call for racism investigation

The resignation comes after a Washington Post story that described Black cadets and alumni facing “relentless racism," and an order for...
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Biden Takes Aim At WH’s ‘Deadly Admission’ That It Won’t Be Able To Control COVID

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Monday excoriated White House chief of staff Mark Meadows’ off-handed admission that the Trump administration is “not going to control” the COVID-19 pandemic that has killed more than 225,000 Americans. While visiting a voter activation center in Chester, Pennsylvania on Monday afternoon, Biden began his remarks outside of the building by taking aim at Meadows’ admission that the Trump administration “wasn’t even trying anymore to deal with the pand...
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White House officials claim Meadows didn't communicate with staff for days about Trump's condition during COVID-19 hospitalization

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows seems to have developed a strong rapport with President Trump, who has mostly bestowed effusive praise on the former congressman. But those sentiments aren't shared by many Trump administration staffers and re-election campaign officials, The Washington Post reports.Per the Post, Meadows' critics think he's been ineffective when it comes to executing his actual job requirements and instead serves more as a political adviser to and confidant of ...
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Mark Meadows Is Already Having A Rough Week. And It’s Only Monday.

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows is at the center of mounting frustration among White House and Trump campaign staffers in light of his recent remarks that have further bungled the administration’s disastrous response to the COVID-19 pandemic that has killed more than 225,000 Americans thus far. White House staffers aired their grievances towards Meadows in a Washington Post report published Monday, saying that the chief of staff has sent mixed messages regarding COVID relief negotiatio...
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Trump Appointee Resigns Over Executive Order Stripping Civil Servants Protections

President Trump’s recent executive order removing protections for career federal employees deemed disloyal has triggered the resignation of one of his administration’s appointees, who had led a commission that looks at how salaries differ between the public and private sector, the Washington Post reported on Monday. In his letter of resignation from the Federal Salary Council issued Sunday, Ronald Sanders decried the executive order that could impact tens of thousands or more employees in poli...
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Here’s How Pence’s Top Aide Kept Minimizing And Downplaying COVID Before He Got Infected

Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, Marc Short, tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday. Though he was among several of Pence’s aides who contracted the virus, Short’s diagnosis was particularly startling given all the ways he had openly dismissed the severity of COVID-19. Complaining About “Mask-Shaming” After Pence delivered a speech at the Republican National Convention (RNC) in front of a mostly mask-free crowd in August, Short accused MSNBC anchor Hallie Jackson and the rest o...
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MN AG Reaches Settlement With Firm That Sought To Recruit Armed Polling Place Guards

A security contractor that sought to recruit special operations veterans to patrol polling places in Minnesota has reached an agreement with the state’s attorney general’s office to abandon that effort, both sides announced Friday.  According to an agreement between the attorney general’s office and Atlas Aegis, a Tennessee-based security firm, neither the company nor any of its contractors will act as “security” at polling places or election sites. The firm agreed to pay a $50,000 pen...
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Ted Cruz just claimed that Trump didn't promise to cut the federal debt. But eliminating it was a major part of the president's 2016 campaign — and he hasn't come close.

Tom Williams-Pool/Getty Images Ted Cruz said Trump never promised to cut the federal debt when the president actually pledged to eliminate it in two terms. "I'm very worried about the debt. And I'm worried about it under Trump," Cruz said in an Axios interview. "Now, to be fair, Trump didn't campaign on cutting the debt." The administration fell far short of eliminating the debt before the pandemic, though experts say the debt shouldn't be a concern while the coronavirus outbreak is ongoi...
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Trump To Fire Esper, FBI Director, And CIA Director If He Wins Reelection

President Donald Trump is reportedly expected to give Defense Secretary Mark Esper, FBI Director Christopher Wray, and CIA Director Gina Haspel the ax right after Election Day on November 3 if he defeats Democratic rival Joe Biden. According to Axios, Wray is number one on Trump’s chopping block. The Washington Post reported last week that the President had been discussing Wray’s potential ouster due to the fact the FBI director had failed to supply Trump’s campaign a boost by not pursuing an...
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A new memoir from Barack Obama describes how he developed a pandemic playbook for the US, which Trump went on to ignore

Former U.S. President Barack Obama puts on a "Vote" mask after speaking at a rally for Joe Biden in Miami, Florida, October 24, 2020. Marco Bello/Reuters Former President Barack Obama has written about how his administration developed a pandemic response strategy, in a memoir excerpt published by The New Yorker. In 2009 he pulled together an inter-agency team in response to the H1N1 swine flu that killed 12,469 Americans, he recalled.  The approach to communication, preparedness and distri...
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France pulled its ambassador from Turkey, and Arab states are boycotting French products, after Macron said he wanted to regulate Islam

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and French President Emmanuel Macron in Istanbul, Turkey, on October 27, 2018. Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images France pulled its ambassador from Turkey on Sunday after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his counterpart Emmanuel Macron "needs mental treatment." Erdogan's comments came after Macron criticized Muslim communities in France following the October 16 killing of a schoolteacher who had shown his class cartoons mocking the Prophet Muhammad. Macr...
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Trump Had One Last Story to Sell. The Wall Street Journal Wouldn't Buy It.

By early October, even people inside the White House believed President Donald Trump's reelection campaign needed a desperate rescue mission. So three men allied with the president gathered at a house in McLean, Virginia, to launch one.The host was Arthur Schwartz, a New York public relations man close to Trump's eldest son, Donald Jr. The guests were a White House lawyer, Eric Herschmann, and a former deputy White House counsel, Stefan Passantino, according to two people familiar with t...
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More than 57 million Americans have already voted, suggesting a huge voter turnout for 2020. But it's not clear who that would favor.

Voters stand in line for the first day of early voting at the Metropolitan Multi-Services Center in Houston, Texas on October 13, 2020. Mark Felix for The Washington Post via Getty Images More than 57 million Americans have already voted as of Sunday, according to the US Elections Project. The Florida professor who runs the US Elections Project said it suggests a total turnout of 65%, which would be the highest since 1908. Of those to vote early, almost twice as many are registered Democra...
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How a mid-size construction firm used political influence, litigation, and media stunts — and secured $2 billion in Trump border wall contracts

Tommy Fisher appearing on "The Ingraham Angle" in March 2018 as part of a media blitz to promote his wall design. Fox News/YouTube Fisher Sand & Gravel has secured almost $2 billion worth of contracts to build parts of President Donald Trump's planned southern border wall. The company's prototype was publicly rejected in 2018, but after a mix of lobbying, media appearances, and pressure from Trump himself, it got the contracts anyway. Business Insider analysed Fisher's track record, and fo...
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Tom-toms? Cavna on Tom (Tomorrow) and Tom (the Dancing Bug)

From two cartoonists, twisted takes on life with Trump [in print as From two cartoonists, twisted takes on a surreal presidency] Michael Cavna Writer/artist/visual storyteller Michael Cavna is creator of the Comic Riffs column and graphic-novel reviewer for The Washington Post's Book World. Washington Post Oct. 25, 2020 p. B7 online at https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/from-two-cartoonists-twisted-takes-on-life-with-trump/2020/10/22/b4277568-e254-11ea-b69b-...
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Party chair insists Republicans will hold Senate after Trump voices doubt

* Trump tells GOP donors holding Senate will be ‘tough’ – report * How ending Obamacare would kill Fauci plan to conquer HIVAfter Donald Trump reportedly told donors it would be “tough” for Republicans to hold the Senate, and said he could not and did not want to help some senators, the party chair, Ronna McDaniel, insisted the Senate would stay in GOP hands, saying: “I don’t see these senators distancing themselves from the president.”In fact, as the party faces strong headwinds at the polls, ...
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'Deep down, he's a terrified little boy': Bob Woodward, John Bolton and others on Trump

The authors of recent exposés, including Mary Trump and Anthony Scaramucci, on the president, his time in office – and what they expect to happen at the pollsBob Woodward is associate editor of the Washington Post and the author of 20 books on American politics. In 50 years as a journalist he has covered nine presidents. His reporting on the Watergate break-in and cover-up with his colleague Carl Bernstein helped bring down Richard Nixon and won the Post a Pulitzer prize. His latest book about D...
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Trump tells GOP donors that holding Senate will be 'tough'

Washington Post reports remarks in which president also said he ‘just can’t’ help some GOP senators as Democrats look to retake control
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Washington Post: Trump privately said to donors it will be 'tough' for Republicans to keep Senate

President Donald Trump made a prediction about the GOP's control of the Senate at a fundraiser this week, privately telling donors that it will be "very tough" for Republicans to keep control of the chamber in the upcoming election, namely because Trump refuses to support some senators, The Washington Post reported on Saturday.
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Trump tells GOP donors that holding Senate will be 'tough' – report

* Washington Post reports remarks before Nashville debate * President also said he ‘just can’t’ help some GOP senators * How ending Obamacare would kill Fauci plan to conquer HIVShortly after Donald Trump insisted to reporters in Ohio he expected a “red wave” on election day, 3 November, it was reported on Saturday that he told Republican donors this week it would be “tough” for the party to hold on to the Senate.Trump trails Joe Biden in most national and battleground state polls. Democrats h...
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Hundreds of App Developers Want to Join New Apple-Defying Coalition

The Washington Post reports: App developers are defying Apple in record numbers, according to a new coalition of companies aimed at breaking the iPhone maker's tight grip over its mobile software and the way it governs the App Store. The Coalition for App Fairness, which launched last month and counts as members video-game giant Epic Games, dating company Match Group and music streaming service Spotify, says the original group of 13 companies has grown to 40, and it has received more than 400 ...
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The Best Movies Leaving HBO Max in November 2020

Act quickly, because a whole bunch of great titles are leaving HBO Max in November, and November is very soon! Like…a week away soon. So you better get off your butt and then get back on your butt as you sit on your couch and watch these movies. Here are the best movies leaving HBO Max in November 2020.   All The President’s Men Once upon a time, journalists could write a series of stories about presidential corruption and – get this! – the stories could bring down the president. That’s r...
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AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson get FDA green light to resume coronavirus vaccine trials in the US after participants got sick

Capped vials are being pictured during filling and packaging tests for the large-scale production and supply of the University of Oxfords COVID-19 vaccine candidate, AZD1222 VINCENZO PINTO/AFP via Getty Images Two major coronavirus vaccine trials — one from AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford, the other from Johnson & Johnson — will resume coronavirus vaccine trials in the US, the companies announced Friday The late-stage trial had paused September 6 after AstraZeneca reported "suspec...
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Trump 'yet again broke the fact-check meter' in the final presidential debate, while Biden made a 'few gaffes'

"President Trump yet again broke the fact-check meter at the second presidential debate, while Democratic nominee Joe Biden made relatively few gaffes," The Washington Post's fact-check team concluded after Thursday's final presidential debate of 2020."The facts took a hit right out of the gate Thursday night," The Associated Press concurred. "Trump's first line of the night, about COVID-19 deaths, was false," and he "misrepresented the reality of the pandemic in myriad and familiar ...
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Biden called out Rudy Giuliani as 'a Russian pawn' during the final presidential debate

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden gestures while speaking during the second and final presidential debate Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. ( AP Photo/Patrick Semansky Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden called former New York City Mayor and Trump ally Rudy Giuliani "a Russian pawn" during Thursday's debate. In recent weeks, Giuliani has played a large role in pushing out controversial and unverified information oabout ...
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More on latest French victim of Islamic cartoon controversy

France mourns teacher Samuel Paty as government mobilizes against Muslim groups [in print as France mourns teacher in national ceremony]. James McAuley Washington Post Oct. 22, 2020 P. A19 online at https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/samuel-paty-teacher-beheading/2020/10/21/b94fe7fe-123e-11eb-a258-614acf2b906d_story.html [Author: Mike Rhode]
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LIVE: Fact-checking the final Trump-Biden debate

Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images, Drew Angerer/Getty Images President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden took the debate stage for the final time Thursday night ahead of the 2020 general election. The debate was moderated by NBC News' Kristen Welker and focused on six main topics: COVID-19, race, climate change, national security, leadership, and American families. The debate comes as Biden holds a hefty lead over Trump in a number of national and state polls, and as the Tru...
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