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President 'insists women are equal,' Kellyanne Conway claims, as Tucker Carlson condemned for saying Wisconsin shooter was 'maintaining order'
As the 2020 Republican National Convention turned its attention towards women on Wednesday night, White House counsellor Kellyanne Conway praised Donald Trump as someone who had “elevated” and empowered them.

The US president, whose recent appeals to America’s ”suburban housewives” come amid other sexist remarks, was similarly praised by other high-profile speakers including South Dakota governor Kristi Noem and White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany.

Meanwhile, Fox News host Tucker Carlson was condemned over comments that appeared to praise a 17-year-old who was arrested and charged with murder after two Black Lives Matter demonstrators were killed in Kenosha, Wisconsin, amid protests against a police shooting.

Trump had public meltdown over missed phone call from Putin, former No 10 aide says
Donald Trump exploded with anger at one of his most senior aides about missing a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to a former No 10 official.

The US president’s rant about the missed call happened “right in front” of former prime minister Theresa May in Washington, her ex-chief of staff Nick Timothy has revealed.

Mr Timothy spoke about a “fairly extraordinary” lunch during which Mr Trump shouted at his then-national security advisor Michael Flynn.

“Somebody just mentioned in passing that Vladimir Putin had asked for a call with him, and right in front us he absolutely shouted down Mike Flynn,” he said.

“Like really shouted. This was at a formal dinner with butlers and fancy crockery – and he was properly shouting at him down the table.”

Mr Timothy said the president yelled: “If Putin wants a call with me you just put him through.”

'You can be black as coal': Lindsey Graham awkwardly claims Trump isn't racist despite once calling him 'race-baiting bigot'
South Carolina senator Lindsey Graham has defended Donald Trump against charges of racism, saying that he likes people whether they are “albino” or “black as coal” – provided they like him back.

In an interview for Snapchat’s Good Luck America, Mr Graham was reminded that during the 2016 campaign, he himself labelled Mr Trump a racist – “a xenophobic, race-baiting, religious bigot,” he himself recalled.

Asked whether he considers the president a racist to this day, Mr Graham defended Mr Trump unambiguously. “He won the presidency. No, I don’t think he’s racist. Here’s what I think. You can be black as coal and if you like him, he likes you. You can be albino and if he doesn’t like you, he doesn’t like you.

Economists and US officials deny Trump’s claim he saved 51 million jobs during pandemic
Standing before half a dozen American flags during a press conference at his country club in Bedminster, New Jersey, Donald Trump heralded what has become a central plank of his argument for re-election in November: his administration’s handling of the economic fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Through the historic relief package that I signed into law, we saved over 50 million American jobs,” he said in the 15 August remarks. Referring to his Democratic opponents, he said: “They don’t like these kind of numbers because they think it’ll hurt them in the election.”

.. However, the PPP likely did not save 51 million jobs, or anywhere close to it, according to interviews with economists and an analysis of the programme’s data. Half a dozen economists put the number of jobs saved by the initiative at only a fraction of 51 million – ranging between one million and 14 million.

... Nailing down the numbers with the Trump campaign also remains difficult. Pressed for details on the 51 million figure Tuesday, campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh said in an email that “the PPP protected American companies which collectively employ 51 million Americans”.

That’s different from what the campaign claimed the day before on Twitter here when it posted a note saying: “President Trump’s Paycheck Protection Program saved 51 MILLION jobs.”

Walmart and Microsoft launch joint bid to buy TikTok
Walmart is partnering with Microsoft in its purchase of TikTok.

The retail giant confirmed to CNBC that it is interested in buying the viral video app.

“We believe a potential relationship with TikTok US in partnership with Microsoft could add this key functionality and provide Walmart with an important way for us to reach and serve omnichannel customers as well as grow our third-party marketplace and advertising businesses,” it said.

“We are confident that a Walmart and Microsoft partnership would meet both the expectations of US TikTok users while satisfying the concerns of US government regulators.”

Walmart's stock price rose from two per cent to over four per cent as the news broke.

As well as TikTok, the Trump administration is looking to ban WeChat, a Chinese messaging and payment app, for similar reasons, although Apple and Disney have warned against it.

Former homeland security official under Trump says policies are 'impacted by white nationalism'
A former counterterrorism official under Donald Trump has sounded the alarm about white nationalism within the administration, saying that extreme ideology is directly informing various government policies.

Interviewed on MSNBC last night, Elizabeth Neumann was asked by host Joy Reid to what extent the administration’s policies on security and immigration were being shaped by white nationalist ideology.

... In the three-and-a-half years of Mr Trump’s presidency, the FBI and counterterrorism monitoring organisations have warned that white nationalism and white supremacy are increasingly serious domestic terrorism threats.

Since the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, a long series of violent incidents across the US has indicated that both organised groups and individual extremists are increasingly prepared to take violent action in the name of far-right causes.

And as Ms Neumann alluded to, Donald Trump, his advisers and his administration have been accused of pandering to and even in some cases working with these organisations.

... Mr Trump himself has often been accused of personally indulging in racist, xenophobic and violent speech to shore up his own base.

... “A very common refrain that I was asked was, ‘Does the president’s rhetoric make your job harder?’ And the answer is yes. The president’s actions and his language are, in fact, racist.

“Things like, ‘there are good people on both sides’ or ‘send them back from where they came from’ – those words gave permission to white supremacists to think that what they were doing was permissible.

“And I do think that the president’s divisive language is indirectly tied to some of the attacks that we have seen in the last two years.”

Jared Kushner mocks 'luxury' NBA Kenosha walkout as Pence aide calls athletes 'silly and absurd'
Marc Short, Mr Pence’s chief of staff, lashed out at the association’s postponement of a number of scheduled games in a demonstration against racial injustice in an interview with CNN on Thursday.

“I don’t know that you are going to see the administration weigh in one way or the other. In my mind it’s absurd and silly,” he said.

“If they want to protest, I don’t think we care.”

The Milwaukee Bucks catalysed the boycott on Wednesday by refusing to leave their locker room for their game against the Orlando Magic, but the demonstrations quickly spread to other NBA matches and across American sport.

The move comes following ongoing civil unrest and demonstrations against racial injustice and police brutality across the US, compounded by the shooting of Mr Blake on Sunday in Wisconsin.

Officer Rusten Sheskey shot Mr Blake seven times in the back while holding onto his T-shirt, officials said.

... Jared Kushner, one of president Donald Trump’s senior advisers, and his son in law, also criticised the protests in an interview with CNBC on Thursday.

“NBA players are very fortunate that they have the financial position where they’re able to take a night off from work without having to have the consequences to themselves financially,” he said. "So they have that luxury, which is great."

Law and Order for thee, but not for me
Law and Order was a big theme at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday, with keynote speaker Vice President Mike Pence touting the President's dedication to cops — those who walk the "thin blue line."

This is rich. Trump and a slew of people around him have a long history of violating the law, breaking rules, ignoring things like subpoenas, and lying under oath. Here's a list of just some of the people the supposedly "law and order" president has surrounded himself with or defended:
  • The president's campaign head, Steve Bannon, allegedly ran a scam bilking money from Trump supporters who want a wall built on the border with Mexico.
  • The president's other campaign head, Paul Manafort, was convicted of bank fraud, tax fraud, and other crimes.
  • The president's former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn plead guilty to lying to law enforcement and the president has still fought for him.
  • The president's friend and and advisor, Roger Stone, was convicted of lying to law enforcement and got his sentence commuted by the president.
  • The president's son, Eric Trump, has refused to comply with subpoenas from the NY Attorney General, Leticia James, about the Trump Organization's financial statements.
  • The president also defended violent white supremacists because they were "very fine people."
  • The president's staff constantly violates the Hatch Act, trying to blur the lines between what is and is not part of our permanent governmental structure. That seems fine.
  • The president's daughter Ivanka Trump has done government work from her personal email address.

A quick glossary of terms to get you through America right now
Athletes did not "boycott" because of Jacob Blake's shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin. They were "striking": A boycott is when consumers intentionally do not but a product. By contrast, the athletes who did not play yesterday are workers who provide Americans with a service. That service is not something Americans are entitled to, it is a luxury offered to a functioning society where people can gather civilly and play by a set of rules. Nothing about our society over the last few days (or months) suggests we are capable of that, and there has been little work done in Washington to change those conditions, so the workers decided not to work. That is a strike.

"Opportunity zones" are looking less like a boon for poor neighborhoods and more like a "billionaire tax break": I only mention this because Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner pushed back on striking athletes in a CNBC interview, citing all his father-in-law has done for minority urban communities. Kushner listed opportunity zones as one of those achievements, but based on reporting by ProPublica, it looks like those programs are more beneficial for people like him than the communities they are intended to serve.

The 17 year-old who murdered protesters in cold blood on Tuesday night was not part of a "militia" he was part of a "terrorist organization": Any organization that openly encourages people to commit violence against or inspires someone to murder people exercising their First Amendment right should be called a terrorist organization. Full stop.

Don't call it an "economic aid package." Call it an "economic stability package": Using the word "aid" to describe a bill that will ensure the entire economy doesn't go to hell seems wrong. Aid is something you give to someone else, this package is for all Americans so that the economy doesn't drop out on us — and that's all of us. It seems like the White House is starting to understand that, as after twiddling its thumbs since May. Chief of Staff Mark Meadows wants to restart bill negotiations with House Democrats.

Joe Biden is against defunding the police: There's no vocabulary lesson there, it just bears repeating after Vice President Mike Pence cynically claimed the opposite in his RNC speech last night. It was just one among a litany of calumnies.

Only 4 states are paying out Trump's $300 unemployment benefit so far. Most Americans have to wait several more weeks to receive the aid.
  • Nearly three weeks after Trump signed an executive order to boost unemployment aid, only four states are paying out the $300 federal supplement.
  • Arizona, Missouri, Tennessee, and Texas are paying out federal benefits already and 32 states have been approved so far.
  • "I think states are really, really making sure they're implementing this within the four corners of the law and I don't blame them," unemployment expert Michele Evermore said.

Kamala Harris Takes on Trump Ahead of RNC Acceptance Speech
Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris on Thursday delivered a forceful rebuke of President Donald Trump hours ahead of his convention acceptance speech, excoriating him for his response to the coronavirus and accusing him of putting himself before the country.

Speaking from a small university auditorium in Washington, D.C., Harris sought to set the stage and counter the president before he formally accepted renomination and delivered his own account of a potential Joe Biden-Kamala Harris administration. Harris spoke for about 20 minutes but didn't take any questions from a small group of reporters.

"Donald Trump doesn't understand the presidency. He thinks it's all about him," Harris said in remarks from The George Washington University. "He failed at the most basic and important job of the president of the United States. He failed to protect the American people, plain and simple."

Harris acknowledged the damage and destruction caused by wildfires on the West Coast and by Hurricane Laura along states on the Gulf Coast. She also addressed the ongoing tumult in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in the days since Jacob Blake was shot seven times by police. Harris again lent her support to ongoing protests against police brutality and systemic racism, adding that the peaceful demonstrations shouldn't be "confused" with looting and violence.

A battle is brewing for the soul of the Republican Party. It could get really ugly if Trump loses the election
  • Members of the Republican National Committee are starting to debate who will lead the party if Trump loses the election in November.
  • Mississippi RNC member Henry Barbour and Ohio Republican Party Chairman Jane Timken are being talked up as possible contenders for RNC chair, current and former RNC members told Insider.
  • Conservative television personality Kimberly Guilfoyle, the girlfriend of Donald Trump Jr., could be tapped by Trump to run the RNC if he wins in November, Trump advisers told Insider.
  • The pending battle for control of the RNC mirrors other fights inside the GOP which could explode into public view if Trump loses.

Trump got hit with another lawsuit over his executive order targeting social media companies — this time from voting rights groups who say he's suppressing accurate election info
  • Voting rights groups sued Trump on Thursday over his executive order targeting social media companies' legal protections, which he issued after Twitter fact-checked his false tweets about mail-in voting.
  • The groups argue that the order deprives voters of their First Amendment right to receive accurate information about elections.
  • They also argue that Trump is violating social media companies' First Amendment rights by retaliating against them for disagreeing with him.
  • Trump is already facing another lawsuit over the order, which legal and tech policy scholars predicted wouldn't hold up in court.

Trump's acceptance speech at the RNC was an exercise in misinformation that didn't stack up with reality
  • President Donald Trump tore into Democratic nominee Joe Biden on the final night of the Republican National Convention, portraying Biden as weak on critical issues like crime, immigration, China, and the coronavirus pandemic.
  • The Democratic agenda is "the most extreme set of proposals ever put forward by a major party nominee," Trump said.
  • The president also spread misinformation and conspiratorial claims about everything from mail-in voting, police brutality protests, impeachment, the Russia probe, and COVID-19.

Manhattan's top prosecutor says Trump doesn't deserve immunity and must turn over tax returns
  • Cyrus Vance, the Manhattan district attorney, said President Donald Trump can not immunize himself from a criminal probe of his business practices and must turn over his tax returns.
  • Vance is filing to reject Trump's emergency bid to block a subpoena to the president's accounting firm, Mazars USA.
  • He wants eight years of tax returns.

The RNC was pure propaganda designed to sanitize Trump's damning record on race, immigration, women, and the pandemic
  • The 2020 RNC sought to sanitize Trump's record on an array of issues, going all-in to convince Americans he's not racist, xenophobic, and misogynistic.
  • The convention painted an alternate reality for Americans, particularly in terms of Trump's bungled response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The underlying message of the convention was fundamentally contradictory in that it pitched Trump as the solution to problems that arose or were exacerbated during his presidency.

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Trumpism refers to the nontraditional political philosophy and approach espoused by US President Donald Trump and his supporters. The term Trumpism can also be used to directly refer to an outrageous or idiosyncratic statement made by Donald Trump.

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