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The Trump campaign played a song about rich kids dodging the Vietnam War draft — which the president did 5 times — at a Michigan rally
  • President Donald Trump disembarked Air Force One on Thursday to Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Fortunate Son," a song about children of influential families who were able to avoid the Vietnam War draft.
  • Trump was one of those people: he received military draft deferments five times in the 1960s and 1970s, four for college and one for citing a medical condition called bone spurs.
  • The New York Times reported in 2018 that a foot doctor might have falsely diagnosed Trump with bone spurs as a favor to his father, Fred Trump.
  • Trump had been disembarking his plane to attend a campaign rally in Freeland, Michigan.
  • It comes after a week of tension between Trump and the military after an Atlantic report said he called fallen American soldiers "losers."

Trump compared himself to Churchill and FDR as he defended lying to the American people about the dangers of the coronavirus
  • President Donald Trump compared his decision to mislead Americans about the coronavirus early in the outbreak to Winston Churchill's World War II leadership.
  • "As the British government advised the British people in the face of World War II, keep calm and carry on," Trump told a Michigan rally on Thursday. "That's what I did."
  • Critics noted, however, that Churchill was bluntly honest with the British people about the dangers they faced in his wartime addresses, while Trump clearly deceived Americans.
  • Trump's denials come after reporter Bob Woodward released tapes from February 2020, in which Trump told him the coronavirus was deadlier than the most severe flu.
  • But in public remarks after that conversation, Trump continued to falsely liken the disease to the flu and downplay its potential impact.

Trump's waging a phony war against the military-industrial complex
  • US President Donald Trump this week attacked military leaders in order to deflect from reports that he called dead soldiers "losers" and "suckers."
  • "They want to do nothing but fight wars, so that all of those wonderful companies that make the bombs and make the planes and make everything else stay happy," Trump said.
  • But Trump's presidency has been a boon to the so-called military-industrial complex, with his administration dropping bombs at a record pace from Afghanistan to Somalia and by increasing US arms sales to foreign countries.

'This is over the top': Lindsey Graham and Mick Mulvaney 'begged' Trump not to kill Iran's top general, but 4 days later he did it anyway, according to Woodward's new book
  • Two of President Donald Trump's closest advisers desperately tried to stop him from ordering the military strike that killed Iran's top general, Qassem Soleimani, and brought the countries to the brink of war, according to Bob Woodward's upcoming book.
  • South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, one of the most hawkish US lawmakers, told Trump, "Mr. President, this is over the top." He said that "with the election coming," Trump should temper his response and avoid risking "major war."
  • Graham wasn't the only one concerned. Mick Mulvaney, Trump's chief of staff at the time, made an "urgent request" and "almost begged" Graham to "stop this talk of hitting Soleimani."
  • Four days later, Trump ordered the strike. And despite Graham's reported reservations about the strike, he publicly supported the president's decision.
  • "The intelligence was very strong that Soleimani was orchestrating chaos in Iraq at our expense and throughout the region, the president was informed of these potential attacks, and he acted," Graham told FOX & Friends in January.

Trump had an unusual reaction to 9/11 just hours after the attacks
  • On September 11, 2001, just hours after terrorists brought down the World Trade Center, Donald Trump seemed to brag that one of his buildings was now the tallest in downtown Manhattan.
  • "I mean, 40 Wall Street actually was the second-tallest building in downtown Manhattan, and it was actually before the World Trade Center the tallest, and then when they built the World Trade Center it became known as the second-tallest, and now it's the tallest," he said on local TV station WWOR.
  • The interview came under scrutiny during Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.
  • Trump's claim that his building was then the tallest in downtown Manhattan wasn't accurate — the nearby 70 Pine Street building is 25 feet taller than Trump's 40 Wall Street, though Trump's building has four more stories.

Trump campaign misspells 'Nobel' Peace Prize in ad to fundraise off of his nomination, which anyone can get
  • The Trump campaign released an ad that incorrectly spelled the "Nobel" Peace Prize as "Noble" to celebrate his second nomination.
  • A far-right Norweigan lawmaker again put forth President Donald Trump's name for the prestigious award, citing his role in normalizing ties between the United Arab Emirates and Israel.
  • Anyone can be nominated for the prize and hundreds are submitted every year.

The House of Representatives is joining large companies and some red states in rejecting Trump's payroll-tax deferral for its employees
  • The US House became the latest employer to spurn Trump's payroll-tax holiday, which is now in effect until December 31.
  • The lower chamber joins several large companies and at least two red states in rebuffing the directive, citing difficulties around carrying out the deferral and the prospect of getting stuck with large tax bills.
  • "The fact that few employers would take this up was totally foreseeable — the scheme just didn't work," tax expert Seth Hanlon told Business Insider.
  • Trump said he would forgive payroll taxes if he is re-elected, but that requires Congress to act.

A veteran DOJ prosecutor has resigned amid reported concerns that AG Barr is trying to force the release of a politically charged report ahead of the election
  • A veteran prosecutor working on Attorney General William Barr's investigation into the origins of the Russia probe resigned from the Justice Department on Thursday, The Hartford Courant reported.
  • The prosecutor, Nora Dannehy, reportedly resigned amid concerns that Barr was exerting inappropriate political pressure that investigators release their findings before the November election, even though their work is not yet done.
  • Dannehy's colleagues told The Courant that she does not support President Donald Trump and had been concerned for weeks by Barr's actions.
  • The attorney general has repeatedly cast doubt on the origins of the Russia probe and suggested that the FBI should not have launched the investigation and that it was inappropriately "spying" on Trump's 2016 campaign.
  • An independent investigation into the matter by the Justice Department's inspector general found no evidence of illegal spying and also concluded that the bureau had an "authorized purpose" in launching the Russia probe.

4 judges on Trump's Supreme Court short list just issued a major voting rights opinion that could sway the November election
  • A federal appeals court on Friday issued an opinion in a major Florida voting rights case that legal insiders say could potentially tip the scales of the November presidential contest.
  • Four of those judges are on President Donald Trump’s short list for Supreme Court nominees, should a vacancy arise. One of them, Florida Judge Barbara Lagoa, joined that list earlier this week.
  • The other two judges who sided with the majority are Trump appointees. The four dissenting judges are Democratic appointees.
  • This case could be one of the nation’s most consequential election lawsuits. Nearly 800,000 votes in Florida — a critical swing state — could be impacted.
  • ‘Folks familiar with Florida know that there’s often very, very close elections in Florida, both local and statewide,’ said Julie Ebenstein, a senior staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union.

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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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