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Justice Department can’t represent President Trump in E. Jean Carroll defamation case, judge rules

A federal judge Tuesday blocked the Justice Department’s effort to intervene in a defamation case against President Donald Trump brought by E. Jean Carroll who claimed the president disparaged her when he denied her claim that Trump raped her in the mid-1990s.

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U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan rejected the government’s central argument that Trump was acting in his official duties as president last year when he denied magazine writer Carroll’s allegation that he had raped her in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room in New York City.

The Justice Department’s intervention was seen as an effort to shield the president from the potentially damaging legal action in the midst of a re-election campaign. The judge’s ruling effectively keeps Carroll’s claim alive.

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Trump campaign promises, from supreme court to taxes: Did he deliver?

Trump: Biden against ‘oil, guns and God’

Campaigning in Pittsburgh, Pa., President Donald Trump portrayed Democratic nominee Joe Biden as an opponent of “oil, guns and God,” and said the election “is a matter of economic survival for Pennsylvania.”

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President Donald Trump says he’s not a politician. As proof, the real estate developer points to the promises he made both on the 2016 campaign and early in his term – and, he says, delivered.

“Unlike so many who came before me, I keep my promises,” Trump said during his State of the Union speech this year.

So what were his major promises?

The appointment of conservative justices to federal courts. Broad tax cuts. Building a border wall on the southern border and making Mexico pay for it. Massive deregulation. Replacing Obamacare with a health coverage plan that’s “far less expensive and far better.” Bringing back manufacturing. Reinvigorating fading industries,

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Trump admin dismantles ‘firewall’ for editorial independence at U.S.-funded media outlets

A senior U.S. official appointed by President Donald Trump has scrapped a federal regulation designed to protect the editorial independence of Voice of America and other U.S.-funded media outlets, amid accusations he is undermining the journalistic credibility of the broadcasters.

Michael Pack, CEO of the U.S. Agency for Global Media who rescinded the editorial “firewall” regulation late Monday night, said the federal rule was legally flawed, infringed on the president’s right to conduct U.S. foreign policy and was “unworkable.”

Reporters at the U.S.-funded broadcasters have accused Pack of trying to turn the service into a mouthpiece for Trump, and former executives said they expected legal challenges to the decision.

“He has blown up the firewall,” a journalist at one of the U.S.-funded outlets told NBC News.

Another reporter said the decision had created a climate of fear in the newsroom: “We are all quite scared.”

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Trump claims the worsening U.S. outbreak is a ‘Fake News Media Conspiracy’ even as hospitalizations rise

President Donald Trump on Monday claimed the worsening coronavirus outbreak in the United States is a “Fake News Media Conspiracy,” saying the nation has the most cases in the world only because “we TEST, TEST, TEST.”

“Corrupt Media conspiracy at all time high,” Trump said in a tweet Monday morning. “On November 4th., topic will totally change,” he added, referring to the day after the presidential election.

Trump’s tweet came as the U.S. is reporting a record-breaking number of new coronavirus cases. On Sunday, the country reported a weekly average of about 68,767 new cases every day, the highest seven-day average recorded yet, according to a CNBC analysis of Hopkins data. The U.S. reported 60,789 new Covid cases Sunday after daily cases reached 83,757 on Friday, passing the last record of roughly 77,300 cases seen on July 16, according to Hopkins data.

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Trump continues to falsely claim that spike in coronavirus cases is due to heightened testing



Donald Trump in a suit standing in front of a crowd: LONDONDERRY, NH - OCTOBER 25: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally on October 25, 2020 in Londonderry, New Hampshire. President Trump continues to campaign ahead of the November 3rd presidential election. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)


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President Donald Trump has claimed over and over in the past week — at campaign rallies, on Twitter and in an interview with “60 Minutes” — that the US is only seeing so many coronavirus cases because the country is doing so much testing.

“Cases up because we TEST, TEST, TEST. A Fake News Media Conspiracy,” he wrote on Twitter on Monday morning.

Trump made similar claims during the summer spike in cases. They were flat wrong then, as we explained in a July fact check, and they are flat wrong now.

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TV Ratings: Trump ’60 Minutes’ Interview Draws 17 Million Viewers

Donald Trump’s contentious interview with veteran “60 Minutes” host Lesley Stahl, as well as Joe Biden’s less eventful sit-down, scored the show its largest audience since 2018.

The dual Biden and Trump interviews, the latter of which the President cut short, drew a total of 16.8 million total viewers on CBS and scored a 2.4 rating among adults 18-49, per Nielsen time adjusted fast national numbers. That represents the most viewers to tune in since the infamous Stormy Daniels interview from March two years ago. During the Trump interview, Stahl grilled the President on his coronavirus response.

The strong “60 Minutes” performance was likely due in part to the fact it was pre-empted by an NFL game. However, it still managed to put up those impressive numbers up against “Sunday Night Football” and the World Series.

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Trump has emboldened Christian nationalists and sparked a rise in Patriot Churches

He prays that “communism and socialism and transgenderism and homosexuality and abortion will not have their way in this land.”

“Yes, Lord,” someone cries.

He prays that the nation’s “Christian roots” will remain, that the church of Jesus Christ will be a “restraining power.”

“God, this nation is a miracle for you,” Peters continues. “You rescued us, and you gave us our independence for a purpose.”

After another “amen,” the service begins with everyone’s hands raised to “Here I Am to Worship,” a popular contemporary Christian song performed in many evangelical churches.

This is a Patriot Church, part of an evolving network of nondenominational start-up congregations that say they want to take the country back for God. While most White conservative Christian churches might only touch on politics around election time and otherwise choose to keep the focus during worship on God, politics and religion are inseparable here. The Tennessee

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‘Borat’ star Sacha Baron Cohen offers Trump a role in next film: ‘You’ll need a job’

If Donald Trump doesn’t achieve great success in the upcoming presidential election, Sacha Baron Cohen has a new gig lined up for the president.



Sacha Baron Cohen wearing a suit and tie smiling and looking at the camera: Sacha Baron Cohen responded to President Trump's criticism over the weekend. (Jordan Strauss / Invision / Associated Press)


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Sacha Baron Cohen responded to President Trump’s criticism over the weekend. (Jordan Strauss / Invision / Associated Press)

After Trump called the English comedian an unfunny “phony” and “a creep” in response to his buzzy new mockumentary, “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm,” Baron Cohen had a message for the president on Twitter.

“Donald—I appreciate the free publicity for Borat!” the actor and producer tweeted Saturday. “I admit, I don’t find you funny either. But yet the whole world laughs at you. I’m always looking for people to play racist buffoons, and you’ll need a job after [Inauguration Day on] Jan. 20. Let’s talk!”

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With the election 8 days away, Trump lies about why coronavirus rates are hitting record highs and calls the media ‘losers’ for covering the surging pandemic



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  • President Donald Trump on Monday dismissed the severity of the coronavirus on Twitter as new cases reached record highs across the US last week.
  • “Cases up because we TEST, TEST, TEST,” Trump wrote. “A Fake News Media Conspiracy. Many young people who heal very fast.”
  • On October 23, daily coronavirus infections in the US were above 85,000 cases for the first time since the pandemic began, according to The New York Times.
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President Donald Trump on Monday continued to downplay the severity of the coronavirus although new cases hit record highs across the US last week, with only eight days remaining until the general election.

Trump began the morning assuaging supporters about the state of country and complaining that reported coronavirus cases are rising due to increased testing, a

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Outspent In The Homestretch, Trump Campaign Points To Voter Events, Contacts : NPR

Supporters cheer during a Trump rally in Pensacola, Fla. Rallies and in-person events have been a key part of the campaign strategy, even in the midst of the pandemic.

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Supporters cheer during a Trump rally in Pensacola, Fla. Rallies and in-person events have been a key part of the campaign strategy, even in the midst of the pandemic.

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President Trump is closing out his campaign for reelection way behind in fundraising and trailing in the polls, both nationally and key swing states. Nearly 60 million people have already voted and time is running out before Nov. 3, Election Day.

His campaign claims to be in a good position, citing an army of volunteers and the large crowds Trump has drawn even in the middle of a pandemic with surging coronavirus cases.

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