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Trump Sought Options for Attacking Iran to Stop Its Growing Nuclear Program

November 17, 2020
Maggie Haberman, David Sanger, Helene Cooper, Eric Schmitt, Lara Jakes | The New York Times
President Trump asked senior advisers in an Oval Office meeting on Thursday whether he had options to take action against Iran’s main nuclear site in the coming weeks. The meeting occurred a day after international inspectors reported a significant increase in the country’s stockpile of nuclear material, four current and former U.S. officials said on Monday.
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Trump not engaging with his COVID task force

November 12, 2020
Paula Reid | CBS News
As COVID-19 cases spike, President Trump has not met with his pandemic task force in months, and sources tell CBS News the recent meetings lack substance and a coherent message
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The Surging Coronavirus Finds a Federal Leadership Vacuum

November 11, 2020
Sheryl Gay Stolberg, Noah Weiland, Sharon LaFraniere, Andrew Jacobs | The New York Times
The pandemic caught the nation flat-footed in March, but epidemiologists have been warning for months of a fall and winter wave as people are driven indoors, schools resume in-person classes and Americans grow tired of months of precautions. Yet shortages of personal protective equipment are back, especially among rural hospitals, nursing homes and private medical practices that lack access to the supply networks that serve larger hospital chains.
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Top Trump adviser bluntly contradicts president on covid-19 threat, urging all-out response

November 3, 2020
Josh Dawsey, Lena Sun | The Washington Post
Birx’s internal report, shared with top White House and agency officials, contradicts Trump on numerous points: While the president holds large campaign events with hundreds of attendees, most without masks, she explicitly warns against them. While the president blames rising cases on more testing, she says testing is “flat or declining” in many areas where cases are rising. And while Trump says the country is “rounding the turn,” Birx notes that the country is entering its most dangerous period yet and will see more than 100,000 new cases a day this week.
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Ballrooms, candles and luxury cottages: During Trump’s term, millions of government and GOP dollars have flowed to his properties

October 28, 2020
Josh Dawsey, David Fahrenthold, Jonathan O'Connell, Anu Narayanswamy | The Washington Post
Since his first month in office, Trump has used his power to direct millions from U.S. taxpayers — and from his political supporters — into his own businesses. The Washington Post has sought to compile examples of this spending through open records requests and a lawsuit.
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Judge says Justice Department cannot defend Trump in E. Jean Carroll rape defamation suit

October 28, 2020
Pete Williams, Rebecca Shabad | NBC News
A federal judge in New York ruled Tuesday that the Justice Department cannot step in to shield President Donald Trump from a libel lawsuit filed by a woman who claims he raped her in a New York City department store more than 20 years ago.
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Senate confirms Barrett to Supreme Court, cementing its conservative majority

October 27, 2020
Seung Min Kim | The New York Times
A bitterly divided Senate confirmed Amy Coney Barrett as the 115th justice to the Supreme Court on Monday, elevating just the fifth woman to the court in its 231-year history and one who further cements its conservative shift — a legacy that will last even if Republicans lose power in next week’s elections.
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Iran and Russia Seek to Influence Election in Final Days, U.S. Officials Warn

October 22, 2020
David Sanger, Julian Barnes | The New York Times
Iran and Russia have both obtained American voter registration data, top national security officials announced late on Wednesday, providing the first concrete evidence that the two countries are stepping in to try to influence the presidential election as it enters its final two weeks.
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