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Trump Jr. shares a fake Photoshop of his daddy’s approval rating

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Donald Trump Jr. was caught red-handed for a terrible Photoshop job, but this time it wasn’t because he airbrushed his pores into oblivion

In a now-deleted Instagram post, Don Jr. shared a CNN report comparing Trump’s approval ratings with statistics from Obama’s presidency. 

“Amazing,” Trump Jr. captioned it. “I guess there is a magic wand to make things happen and @realdonaldtrump seems to have it.”

Except, @realdonaldtrump doesn’t seem to “have it” because the screenshot is a poorly edited graphic that makes the current president’s approval say 50 percent instead of the actual 40 percent. In other words, Trump Jr. has (ironically) participated in spreading fake news. Read more…

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Source: https://mashable.com/2018/08/10/donald-trump-jr-badly-photoshops-approval-rating/

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Riots on the streets of Buenos Aires after Argentina votes against legalising abortion

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The streets of Buenos Aires transformed into a fire-filled riot after Argentina’s Senate voted against the legalisation of abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. 

After a 15-hour debate, 31 senators voted in favour and 38 voted against a bill legalising abortion in the overwhelmingly Catholic countryPer the New York Times, “under current Argentine law, in place since 1921, abortion is legal only in cases of rape or if the pregnancy poses a risk to the woman’s health.”

It’s believed pressure from the Catholic church and Pope Francis are behind the decision not to stray from the strict abortion ban.  Read more…

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Source: https://mashable.com/2018/08/09/argentina-abortion-vote/

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How was the NRA founded and how did a gun lobby become so influential in American politics?

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Firearms organisation continues to insist easy access to weapons not to blame for high school massacres and uses campaigning muscle to press for looser restrictions

Source: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/nra-national-rifle-association-history-gun-control-second-amendment-oliver-north-a8483946.html

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Poll: Trump’s overseas ‘chaos’ gives Democrats an edge in midterms

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President Donald Trump’s political stumbles on Russia, his protracted trade war and his overall “impulsive” behavior have deeply rattled potential voters, according to a new poll by a left-leaning group.

A majority of respondents to the survey, commissioned by the nonprofit group National Security Action and first provided to POLITICO, believe the president has diminished America’s standing in the world and that he’s made the country less safe. Party strategists say the findings point to a new opening on national security and foreign policy for Democrats in the midterms. Those have traditionally been areas of strength for the GOP.

Conducted by Hart Research from July 17-23, the survey showed that nearly two-thirds of those polled — including Democrats, Republicans and swing voters — believe Trump “acts impulsively and recklessly” on national security issues, while three-in-five respondents said Trump doesn’t treat Russia seriously enough as a threat and that he had gone too far in trying to please President Vladimir Putin. Just two in five respondents believed Trump did a good job of representing America’s interests when the president met with Putin last month in Helsinki.

However, a majority of those polled — 56 percent — approved of Trump’s overall handling of America’s national security.

“In a broader sense, one of the things that’s troubling for people about the Trump presidency is that it feels like it is the chaos presidency,” said Hart Research president Geoff Garin, a longtime Democratic strategist. The survey asked more than 1,000 people who voted in the 2016 presidential election for their views on Trump’s handling of various foreign policy and national security issues, from Russia and his recent meeting with Putin, to immigration to the impact of his trade war.

“This is important for Democrats in terms of their messaging,” Garin said. “The more we are connecting Trump’s very significant character liabilities to these policy issues, the more credible Democrats will be and the more likely it is that their criticisms will resonate with voters.”

Trump was roundly condemned for contradicting U.S. intelligence agencies after he declared during a news conference with Putin: “I don’t see any reason why it would” be Russia that interfered in the U.S. election. The president later backtracked, saying he misspoke:
“The sentence should have been, ‘I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be Russia.’ Sort of a double negative,” Trump said.

Saul Anuzis, a Republican strategist and former Michigan Republican Party chairman, questioned whether international policy would have much of an effect in November, arguing there’s strong base support for Trump’s discussions with foreign leaders. Domestic and local issues will drive turnout, he said.

“Trump’s actions with North Korea, Iran, Russia and ISIS demonstrate he has a smart and effective team in place that handles foreign policy. His leadership at NATO and the EU have proven to be effective,” said Anuzis. “The mainstream media’s constant attacks influence polling. But when the policy is explained, Trump’s approval ratings are rising and comparably high compared to other presidents. House races tend to be local. They come home on weekends and are normally community based.”

Source: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/08/08/trump-midterms-foreign-policy-poll-766757

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Warren, hinting at 2020 run, slams ‘racist’ criminal justice system

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Friday called the criminal justice system “racist … front to back,” while further hinting at a potential presidential run.

“Let’s just start with the hard truth about our criminal justice system,” Warren said at a forum at Dillard University in New Orleans. “It’s racist … I mean all the way. I mean front to back.”

The Massachusetts Democrat, appearing alongside Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Cedric Richmond at the historically black university, faulted a criminal justice system that she said disproportionately jails black people for drug-related crimes. She said public defenders are burdened by a lack of resources and that, once convicted, prisoners are “dehumanized.”

“Our prison system is something that America should be ashamed of,” Warren said.

Warren’s appearance followed a speech to the progressive conference Netroots Nation, which drew Warren and several other high-profile Democrats to New Orleans.

In a Democratic primary that could feature one or more prominent black politicians, Warren has increasingly sought to connect with black voters. She has forged ties with the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Martin Luther King Jr.’s daughter Bernice King and has addressed the NAACP and other civil rights groups.

Warren has not said if she will run for president in 2020. But Richmond asked her what, if anything, had changed since her decision not to run in 2016, Warren replied, “Two words: Donald Trump.”

Source: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/08/04/elizabeth-warren-2020-criminal-justice-system-racist-762428