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Trump previously bragged to Bob Woodward about appointing nearly 200 judges and joked about installing a statue of himself outside the Supreme Court
  • President Donald Trump spoke at length about his judicial court nominations in past interviews with Bob Woodward, for the journalist's new book "Rage."
  • In audio recordings of the talks published by The Washington Post, Trump said he and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell "have broken every record" on judicial nominations.
  • At the time of Trump and Woodward's conversation, Trump had appointed 187 judges to the federal bench. As of Monday, that number has grown to 216.
  • The report comes as Trump gets ready to name his third nominee to the Supreme Court after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg last Friday.

TikTok's Chinese owner contradicted 2 of Trump's key boasts about its deal with Walmart and Oracle
  • TikTok parent ByteDance released a statement Monday about the app's US deal with Oracle and Walmart that contradicted two statements made by the president.
  • It asserted that Beijing-headquartered ByteDance will maintain 80% control of the newly formed TikTok Global despite Trump saying it would have "nothing to do with China."
  • The company also denied knowledge of the president's claim that $5 billion would go to the US Treasury to set up an education fund.
  • Oracle on Saturday announced that it would become a minority investor in TikTok, in an 11th-hour deal that ByteDance will be hoping allays US fears about the app's threat to national security.

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban endorses Trump and denounces the 'moral imperialism' of the Democrats
  • Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban has endorsed Trump's re-election bid.
  • He wrote in a pro-government newspaper that he wanted Trump to defeat the 'moral imperialism' of the Democrats.
  • Trump last year complimented Orban's tough stance on immigration and said he was "respected all over Europe."
  • Western politicians and human rights groups have condemned Orban for eroding Hungary's democracy.

Arm's cofounder warns Donald Trump will take the 'opportunity to screw China' with $40 billion Nvidia deal
  • A cofounder of British chip designer Arm – set to be sold by SoftBank to US chip giant Nvidia for $40 billion – has warned the firm risks becoming a pawn in Donald Trump's trade war with China if the deal goes ahead.
  • The sale has provoked controversy in the UK amid fears Arm could become a pawn in US President Donald Trump's trade war with China.
  • Speaking to Business Insider, Arm cofounder Hermann Hauser warned that Trump 'doesn't give a damn about his allies' and would 'take the opportunity to screw China', regardless of its impact on British industry.

TikTok's deal with Oracle and Walmart lets it cling on to its most valuable asset — its algorithm
  • ByteDance's deal with Oracle and Walmart means it will retain control of TikTok's algorithms, the company said in a statement on Monday.
  • TikTok's recommendation algorithm is considered by experts to be the company's "secret sauce," and employees have referred to it as a "crown jewel."
  • China blocked ByteDance from selling the algorithm in late August by passing extraordinary new export restrictions.

Whether the GOP or Democrats win the battle to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court, America will lose
  • The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg sets up an epic fight over her replacement.
  • The GOP holds almost all of the cards in the fight, but Democrats have some moves to pull.
  • But regardless of who wins the battle over the next Supreme Court nominee, it will tear the country apart and hurt America.

Department of Justice says New York City, Seattle, and Portland permit anarchy and violence
  • The Justice Department designated New York City, Seattle and Portland as "jurisdictions permitting violence and destruction of property" on Monday.
  • President Donald Trump released a memo earlier this month instructing the department to find ways to slash federal funding after determining which US cities are "anarchist jurisdictions."
  • "We cannot allow federal tax dollars to be wasted when the safety of the citizenry hangs in the balance," Attorney General William Barr said.
  • New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Monday: "You can't bully New Yorkers."

'All he wants is his name on a check': Nancy Pelosi says Democrats are holding out for a bigger stimulus agreement from Trump
  • Nancy Pelosi said Democrats are still holding out for a larger relief package from Republicans opposed to larger spending.
  • "We have to meet their needs, not give the president a chance to just say, 'I'm going to put my name on a check, send it out, and don't talk to me about food, rent, first responders, health care workers, the virus, or anything else,'" Pelosi said in a New York Times podcast interview published Monday.
  • Her remarks come after Trump prodded Republicans to back a larger stimulus package with direct payments last week, but Republican senators doubled down on their opposition.

Biden is trouncing Trump on the airwaves, more than tripling the president's ad spending in August
  • Democratic nominee Joe Biden's campaign has turned the tides on what was once a massive fundraising disadvantage to President Donald Trump's reelection operation, outspending the Republican incumbent on TV ads by three-to-one in August.
  • Biden is also sitting on a $141 million edge in cash on hand, according to the latest FEC filings and disclosures from the campaigns.
  • Advertising Analytics found the Biden campaign spent $65.5 million on TV ads through the last four weeks of August, compared to just $18.7 million for team Trump.
  • In the primary, Biden was unable to compete with the likes of Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Pete Buttigieg among small donors.
  • Now, Biden has the fundraising winds at his back, with the Democratic fundraising platform ActBlue securing more than $100 million in donations over the weekend following the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

'Maybe she did and maybe she didn't: Trump implies RBG's dying wish to her granddaughter that she wanted her SCOTUS seat filled after the election was made up by Democrats
  • President Donald Trump on Monday suggested that Ruth Bader Ginsburg's reported dying wish was invented by Democrats in Congress.
  • Ginsburg reportedly told her granddaughter that her "fervent wish" was that her Supreme Court seat remain vacant until after "a new president is installed."
  • "I don't know that she said that, or was that written out by Adam Schiff and Schumer and Pelosi? I would be more inclined to the second," Trump told "Fox & Friends."

Look at all these GOP hypocrites
  • Check out this Washington Post video mashup of Senate Republicans cynically reversing their stance on Supreme Court nominations in an election year.
  • Back in 2016, when a vacancy opened in February, Republicans argued they couldn't fill the seat until a new president was elected. Now they're saying the opposite because Trump can nominate someone to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.
  • When politicians behave like this, it erodes trust in the political process. And it gives the other side to behave with the same ruthlessness. It's a vicious cycle.
In this video you'll hear Republicans use words like "principle," and phrases like "will of the people." These are just words. And based on the actions of all the men in this video, they are words that have little meaning to Republican lawmakers

Nancy Pelosi wonders how top Facebook employees can 'look themselves in the mirror' because they 'make money off poison' (FB)
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi slammed Facebook during a new interview with The New York Times' Kara Swisher.
  • Pelosi said she holds Facebook "very accountable" for posts on the platform in support of QAnon, a right-wing conspiracy theory that claims, in part, that Democratic Party leaders are involved in child sex trafficking.
  • "I don't know how the Facebook board of directors or their top employees can look themselves in the mirror," Pelosi said. "They have clearly chosen. Their business plan is to make money off of poison, and that's the path they have chosen to go."
  • Pelosi has criticized Facebook in the past, particularly after the company last year refused to take down a doctored video that made her appear drunk.

Trump told a crowd of his nearly all white supporters that they have 'good genes'
  • President Donald Trump has exhibited an obsession with the notion that certain people have superior genes for a long time.
  • Trump on Friday told a crowd of nearly all white supporters that they have "good genes," and referenced the "racehorse theory."
  • "You have good genes, you know that, right? You have good genes. A lot of it is about the genes, isn't it, don't you believe? The racehorse theory. You think we're so different? You have good genes in Minnesota," Trump said.
  • Minnesota is a predominantly white state where many people are of Scandinavian descent.
  • Trump has boasted about his supposedly superior genes and "German blood" in the past.

Joe Biden Borrows a Tactic From Donald Trump
Joe Biden went Donald Trump on Donald Trump Monday, casting the president as an entitled elitist who looks down on regular Americans – even those who attend his rallies – while passing out tax cuts to the wealthy and putting the burden on those who grew up without the sort of privilege Trump enjoyed.

Biden, speaking at an aluminum manufacturing plant in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, talked about his roots in what he described as a similar community, in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and said he never let his modest upbringing keep him from reaching high.

"You close that door on me because you don't think I'm good enough? Well, guess what? I'm busting that door down....I say it's about time a state school president sat in the Oval Office. Because you know what? If I'm sitting there, you will be too," said Biden, referencing reports that he would be the first president in modern history who has not attended an Ivy League school.

The former vice president went to undergraduate school at the University of Delaware, and went on to Syracuse University College of Law. After two years at Fordham University in the Bronx, Trump transferred to the University of Pennsylvania, studying business at the Wharton School.

Much of the political universe was consumed Monday with the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Trump's plan to replace her with a conservative justice. But Biden didn't mention the high court, instead pledging to bring back American manufacturing jobs and supporting union members he said Trump treats badly.

"Frankly, I've dealt with guys like Trump my whole life. Guys who look down on you because they've got a lot of money. Guys who think they're better than you. Guys who inherited everything they ever got in life. And then squandered it," Biden said in a direct appeal to the voters who cast ballots for Trump in 2016 because they felt forgotten by the Democrats.

Former Mueller prosecutor says the special counsel let down the public and describes Trump as 'an animal' in new book
  • Andrew Weissmann, a former prosecutor on the special counsel Robert Mueller's team, offered a scathing review of Mueller's handling of the probe and the actions of President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr in an upcoming tell-all.
  • Trump is "like an animal, clawing at the world with no concept of right and wrong," Weissmann wrote in his book, according to The Atlantic.
  • Barr, meanwhile, "betrayed both friend and country" by deeply mischaracterizing Mueller's findings before his report was released to the public last year.
  • But Weissmann leveled some of his most damning criticisms toward Mueller, saying the special counsel's fear of Trump stopped his team from investigating Trump's shady business dealings with Russia and gaining leverage over the president.
  • Asked whether Mueller had let down the American public, Weissmann told The Atlantic: "Absolutely, yep."

Trump sidesteps question about poisoning of Putin critic Alexei Navalny: 'We'll talk about that at another time'
  • President Donald Trump dodged a White House reporter's question on the poisoning of Russian President Vladimir Putin critic Alexei Navalny, saying "we'll talk about that at another time."
  • Navalny, an anti-corruption activist and prominent critic of Putin, was poisoned on a flight from Siberia in late August and has been recovering in a German hospital.
  • At the hospital, the nerve agent Novichok was found in his system, which has been used to poison other Russian dissidents.
  • In his first public message since the incident, Navalny posted on Instagram last week. He intends to return to Russia upon his full recovery, according to his press secretary.
  • "Hi, this is Navalny," Navalny said in Russian in the caption, which was translated by CNN. "I miss you. I still can hardly do anything, but yesterday I was able to breathe on my own for the whole day. Just myself. I did not use any outside help, not even the simplest valve in my throat."
  • World leaders condemned Russia in the week following the incident. Former Vice President Joe Biden also slammed the Kremlin, blaming the Russian government for Navalny's poisoning.
  • "Once again, the Kremlin has used a favorite weapon – an agent from the Novichok class of chemicals – in an effort to silence a political opponent," Biden said.
  • The president has since largely stayed silent with regard to the incident.

Trumpism
or Trump-ism

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.

Trumpisms are Bushisms on steroids.