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Cash-strapped Trump campaign awaits a bailout from big donors

Cash-strapped Trump campaign awaits a bailout from big donors

Republican Party megadonors are racing to bail out President Donald Trump’s cash-strapped reelection campaign, with a newly formed super PAC pouring a further$25 million into battleground states. Preserve America is set to begin running a trio of TV commercials savaging Democrat Joe Biden as Republicans express growing alarm over the president’s absence from the airwaves. Trump — who went dark for part of August and has since cancelled advertising in key states — is being outspent more than 2-to-1 by…

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‘More dire than we think’: Health officials brace for Trump diatribes

‘More dire than we think’: Health officials brace for Trump diatribes

For months, Michael Caputo worked vigorously behind the scenes to shape the health department’s pandemic messaging by contradicting career scientists, disputing coronavirus research and prioritizing President Donald Trump’s electoral fortunes. But within hours of Caputo’s abrupt departure for medical leave on Wednesday, Trump went out and did much the same thing – only in public and from the White House briefing room. Trump’s rebuke of his own Centers for Disease Control director and insistence on delivering a vaccine faster than…

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Vaccine distribution isn’t as easy as Trump wants people to think

Vaccine distribution isn’t as easy as Trump wants people to think

President Donald Trump is suggesting a coronavirus vaccine can be delivered widely in a matter of weeks. But states ultimately tasked with leading the distribution effort are already confronting a host of logistical and supply chain challenges that could dash the Trump administration’s hopes of quickly distributing a vaccine once it’s approved. State and federal officials must ensure providers are equipped to administer a vaccine that needs to be kept at extremely cold temperatures, as one of the leading vaccine…

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Ex-Pence aide blasts Trump over Covid response, says she’ll vote for Biden

Ex-Pence aide blasts Trump over Covid response, says she’ll vote for Biden

In an ad released on Thursday, a former senior adviser on the White House coronavirus task force lambasted President Donald Trump as a stonewalling, capricious leader with more concern for his reelection than the pandemic, and said she would be voting for his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, in November. Olivia Troye, who worked as an adviser on counterterrorism and homeland security to Vice President Mike Pence before leaving the administration in August, appeared in an ad in which she shared…

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Trump’s allies back up his attacks on CDC chief

Trump’s allies back up his attacks on CDC chief

President Donald Trump’s congressional allies and White House aides backed his rebuke of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield on Thursday, insisting they trusted the president over the nation’s top public health official on matters of face masks and vaccine development. “If I just take the words of the CDC and the president, the president is right,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said at a news conference, pledging that the U.S. would “have a safe and…

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How Michael Caputo shook up Health and Human Services

How Michael Caputo shook up Health and Human Services

After it became clear in mid-April that his administration’s response to Covid-19 was threatening his re-election, President Donald Trump considered a leadership shake-up within a health department whose rivalries and battles with the White House had hampered efforts to contain the virus. Instead, Trump made a different move: He personally intervened to place his campaign aide Michael Caputo — a confidant of disgraced operative Roger Stone who had himself come under scrutiny for his ties to top Russian officials —…

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Top HHS spokesperson Caputo to take medical leave

Top HHS spokesperson Caputo to take medical leave

Michael Caputo will take a 60-day medical leave of absence from his role as the Department of Health and Human Service’s top spokesperson — a decision that comes days after he accused government scientists of “sedition” and warned of coming left-wing violence in a Facebook video. “Today, the Department of Health and Human Services is announcing that HHS Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs Michael Caputo has decided to take a leave of absence to focus on his health and the…

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‘You can’t attack a regular voter’: Trump faces a retail-campaigning gap

‘You can’t attack a regular voter’: Trump faces a retail-campaigning gap

President Donald Trump rarely interacts for extended periods with everyday Americans who haven’t been pre-screened by the White House or campaign. He’s never been fond of retail politics, like the random visit to a coffee shop or diner. The majority of his interactions with supporters comes from rallies, and while he does frequently respond to shouted questions from journalists, he carefully controls those interactions — deciding who to call on and when to end the conversation. Just 48 days from…

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Top health officials warn America won’t return to normal soon

Top health officials warn America won’t return to normal soon

The country’s recent progress against Covid-19 could be short-lived if Americans do not continue to take precautions like mask wearing and social distancing, HHS testing czar Brett Giroir said Wednesday. The number of new infections has decreased nationwide by 48 percent following a spike beginning around Memorial Day, while the number of coronavirus patients in intensive care units has dropped by 62 percent and deaths have fallen 33 percent over the same period, Giroir said during a Senate hearing. Still,…

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Trump contradicts his CDC director over masks, vaccine timeline

Trump contradicts his CDC director over masks, vaccine timeline

President Donald Trump on Wednesday twice contradicted his own CDC director — on mask-wearing and vaccine distribution — saying the country’s top public health official misspoke while testifying under oath before a congressional committee earlier in the day. Robert Redfield told the Senate Appropriations Committee that wearing a mask could be more effective than a coronavirus vaccine at keeping the pandemic at bay. “If I don’t get an immune response [from a Covid-19] vaccine it’s not going to protect me….

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