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Trump's campaign has spent up to $40,000 on Facebook ads promoting baseless rumors that Biden wears an earpiece
  • The Trump campaign has started running ads which tap into unfounded online rumors that Joe Biden wore an earpiece during Tuesday's presidential debate.
  • The ads claim Biden "refused" to take a drug test and "declined an earpiece inspection." The Biden campaign rejected both these claims.
  • Facebook has a policy of not fact-checking political speech or ads, although there are some exceptions.

Joe Biden's campaign says it received record-breaking donations after his debate with Trump
  • Joe Biden's election campaign broke a fund-raising record immediately following his debate with Trump.
  • His director of communications Kate Bedingfield reportedly told journalists that it raised $3.8 million in an hour following the chaotic televised debate on Tuesday.
  • The campaign broke "the single-hour record for a campaign ever" on Democratic fundraising website, Act Blue, she told reporters.
  • Biden on Wednesday said Trump's debate performance was a "national embarrassment."
  • The 90-minute debate was characterised by interruptions and falsehoods and drew negative reviews from across the political spectrum.

Amazon removed listings for Proud Boys shirts using President Trump's 'stand back and stand by' quote
  • Amazon removed listings on Wednesday for shirts featuring a logo for the far-right group the Proud Boys.
  • Trump's quote "stand back, stand by" from Tuesday night's presidential debate was on the merchandise.
  • Amazon subsequently removed the items, a company spokesperson confirmed to Business Insider.
  • "All sellers must follow our selling guidelines and those who do not will be subject to action including potential removal of their account," Amazon said, although it did not specify which rules the seller had broken.

Facebook will ban ads that cast doubt on the election or make baseless claims of voter fraud (FB)
  • Facebook will ban advertisements that seek to delegitimize the outcome of the November 3 election, the company announced this week.
  • The ban will prohibit ads that call an entire method of voting — like mail-in voting — inherently fraudulent, or that use isolated incidents of voter fraud to sow doubt about the results of the election.
  • President Donald Trump has repeatedly used his Facebook account to make false claims about how mail-in voting works, and has refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the election.

Trump Administration Slashes Refugee Cap to New Record Low of 15,000
The Trump administration has told Congress it will accept only 15,000 refugees into the county this fiscal year, a record low for the U.S.

The State Department announced the new cap in a note sent just before midnight Wednesday, less than an hour before the start of fiscal 2021. The new ceiling is a 3,000-person dip from the 2020 cap. President Donald Trump has slashed the annual refugee cap repeatedly since taking office in 2017, setting a new record low every year.

Trump's former national security adviser says president missed 'a layup' by failing to condemn white supremacy
  • Former Trump national security adviser H.R. McMaster said Trump missed "a layup" by not directly condemning white supremacy during the first presidential debate.
  • Rather than condemn white supremacy and far-right extremism, Trump told the far-right group Proud Boys to "stand back and stand by" before condemning "Antifa and the left."
  • "Condemning white supremacists should be a layup for any leader," McMaster told The Atlantic.

NATO insiders believe Trump's tax and debt problems make him vulnerable to blackmail by foreign powers
  • Recent revelations about President Trump's tax problems have confirmed suspicions among US allies that the president is uniquely vulnerable to influence or blackmail by foreign powers, NATO sources told Insider.
  • Security operatives in the US's European allies now regard Trump as a risk that makes them reluctant to share information with the US.
  • Trump's messy finances are exactly the kind of thing that foreign powers look for when trying to recruit assets. "Everything about his finances smells like blood and we are trained to be sharks," one source told Insider.

Donald Trump has for years been pressuring one of New York's largest landlords for the chance to cash out a $800 million stake in 2 skyscrapers
  • Before running for the presidency, Donald Trump had for years asked his partner to allow him to cash out his valuable stake in two large office towers, according to a person with direct knowledge of those requests.
  • A New York Times report on Trump's taxes reveals that he may owe a $100 million tax bill, the result of an ongoing IRS audit.
  • The looming payment could be a reason why Trump and his family real estate firm, the Trump Organization, have moved to sell valuable real-estate holdings.

Amy Coney Barrett signed an advertisement by an anti-abortion group that supports criminalizing doctors who perform the procedure, new report says
  • Judge Amy Coney Barrett, who is President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, publicly supported an anti-abortion group in 2006 in its opposition to Roe v. Wade.
  • Barrett signed on to an advertisement from St. Joseph County Right to Life that appeared in the South Bend Tribune newspaper.
  • "We ... oppose abortion on demand and defend the right to life from fertilization to natural death. Please continue to pray to end abortion," the ad said.
  • The deeply conservative Barrett has so far not been explicit about her views on reproductive rights, but is likely to face questions about this topic during her upcoming confirmation hearings.

The 2020 campaign is on track to cost nearly $11 billion, obliterating past election races, a new report says
  • Federal-level political committees have already spent $7.2 billion in the 2020 cycle — more than in any other presidential election, the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics estimates.
  • The spending increase is driven by several factors, including a highly polarized and motivated electorate. It's also easier than ever to make impulse campaign contributions online.
  • Women are donating more money to federal political candidates and committees than ever before.

'I'm tired of it': Fox News reporter John Roberts loses temper over White House 'deflecting' on Trump's refusal to condemn white supremacist groups
  • Fox News' reporter John Roberts lost his temper on-air Thursday as he discussed the White House's efforts to dance around questions on President Donald Trump's stance on white supremacy.
  • "Stop deflecting. Stop blaming the media. I'm tired of it," Roberts said in an impassioned reaction to Thursday's press briefing.
  • Trump on Tuesday declined to explicitly condemn white supremacist groups during the presidential debate.

Trump slams Navy SEAL orders to use gender-neutral language, calls it 'ridiculous'
  • President Donald Trump proclaimed that he would reverse the US Navy's decision to change its creed to include gender-neutral language.
  • "I will be overturning this ridiculous order immediately," Trump tweeted Thursday afternoon.
  • The change would have altered portions of the creed from "a common man with uncommon desire to succeed" to "common citizens with uncommon desire."

'Dilbert' creator Scott Adams said he felt 'abused' by Trump for failing to condemn white supremacists at the first presidential debate, but says he'll vote for him anyway
  • Scott Adams, the creator of the "Dilbert" comic strip and a fierce supporter of President Donald Trump says he felt 'abused' after Trump failed to condemn white supremacists at the first presidential debate.
  • After being asked to condemn white supremacy on Tuesday's debate, Trump danced around the question before telling the white nationalist group the Proud Boys, to "stand back and stand by."
  • The Proud Boys have been labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
  • Adams said he'd vote for Trump if the president corrects his mistakes and denounces white supremacy.

Trump tests positive for COVID-19 after his adviser and confidant Hope Hicks tested positive for the coronavirus
  • President Donald Trump tested positive for COVID-19, he tweeted on Thursday night.
  • First Lady Melania Trump also tested positive.
  • The president got tested for the disease after his top aide and adviser, Hope Hicks, tested positive earlier this week.
  • Hicks recently traveled with Trump aboard Air Force One to and from the first presidential debate between him and Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

'Give me a f---ing break': Melania Trump lashed out at critics of her visit to the US-Mexico border, according to audio obtained by her former adviser
  • Melania Trump fired back at critics of her 2018 trip to visit children separated from their parents at the US-Mexico border, according to audio shared with CNN by her former adviser.
  • "Give me a f---ing break," Melania Trump said, claiming she was trying to get a family reunited and that the US takes better care of the children than their own countries, according to CNN.
  • Melania Trump was criticized following the visit for wearing a jacket many viewed as insensitive given the "zero tolerance" policy pushed by her husband's administration that has left thousands of families separated.
  • Trump also complained about "crazy" liberals and some of her duties as first lady, CNN reported, saying: "Who gives a f--- about Christmas stuff and decorations?"

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.