Trump Says Immigrant Children Separated From Their Parents Are ‘So Well Taken Care of’

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President Donald Trump said migrant children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border were “so well taken care of” during the Thursday night presidential debate against former Vice President Joe Biden.

Asked about the practice of family separations by debate moderator Kristen Welker, Trump said, “They went down, brought reporters and everything. [The children] are so well taken care of. They’re in facilities that were so clean.”

Though Trump instituted the policy that directed border security agents to break up families, he attacked Biden for building the cages that held young children.

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Biden Hits Back Against Trump’s ‘But His Emails’ Attack: ‘The Guy Who Got in Trouble in Ukraine Was This Guy’

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Democratic nominee Joe Biden coolly defended his son Hunter Biden in the last general election debate of the presidential race, providing a rough rendering of what he has maintained for over a year: that “nothing was unethical” about his conduct abroad.

The moment came approximately one hour into the NBC News event in Nashville, Tennessee, as President Donald Trump sought to insinuate that the former vice president was an unscrupulous Russian money leech, before turning to his son.

“They were paying you a lot of money,” Trump said to Biden, referring to Russia. “And they probably still are. But now with what came out today it’s even worse. All of the emails. The emails, the horrible emails [and] the kind of money that you were raking in, you and your family. And Joe, you were vice president when some of this was happening,” he said.

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Trump Boasts Vaccine Is ‘Ready,’ Immediately Dials It Back

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On the debate stage on Thursday night, President Donald Trump went further than he has ever gone in predicting the development of a COVID-19 vaccine, declaring that “it’s ready” and “it’s going to be announced within weeks.”

His assessment counters the consistent message from the president’s own public health officials, such as Dr. Anthony Fauci, who has said a COVID-19 vaccine is unlikely to be widely available until 2021, and that masks and social distancing measures are likely to be in place until later that year.

Pressed on that by the debate moderator, NBC’s Kristen Welker, Trump said, “my timeline’s going to be more accurate.” And asked whether he was offering a guarantee, Trump said he wasn’t—“but it will be by the end of the year.”

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Borat Defends ‘America’s Mayor’ Rudy Giuliani From ‘Fake News Media’

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In a new video posted to his Twitter account just hours before Borat Subsequent Moviefilm is set to premiere on Amazon Prime Video, Borat Sagdiyev himself offers up a very sincere defense of Rudy Giuliani.

“Jagshemash. I am here to defend America’s Mayor Rudolph Giuliani,” Borat says. “What was an innocent sexytime encounter between a consenting man and my 15-year-old daughter have been turned into something disgusting by fake news media.”

He then delivers a warning, telling viewers, “Anyone else try this and Rudolph will not hesitate to reach into his legal briefs and whip out his su-penis,” before closing with his signature sign-off, “Chenqui.”

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Fox Anchor Pushes Back When Trump Aide Attacks Kristen Welker: ‘She Is Not an Activist’

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Fox News anchor Bill Hemmer on Thursday briefly defended NBC News reporter Kristen Welker from Trump campaign adviser Mercedes Schlapp’s attacks, pushing back against the smear that she is a Democratic “activist.”

In recent days, following a hit piece by the New York Post, Welker—who is moderating Thursday night’s presidential debate—has come under fire from Trumpworld over her so-called ties to the Democratic Party. The article cited Welker’s parents’ Democratic donations and a photo she took with President Barack Obama at a White House Christmas party—something a number of conservative media stars also attended—as proof of her activism and liberal partisanship.

With President Donald Trump continuing to hype the article in order to preemptively paint Welker as unfair, Schlapp appeared on Fox News on Thursday afternoon and amplified his attacks.

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‘Should I Kill Joe Biden?’: Feds Say Nomad Busted With Car Full of Guns Debated Assassinating Ex-Veep

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A 19-year-old who was busted with a car full of guns and explosives—including a semi-automatic rifle—debated killing Joe Biden online, traveling to a Wendy’s mere miles from the former vice president’s home and penning a checklist that ended in “execute,” federal authorities allege in court documents.

Alexander Hillel Treisman, originally from Seattle, was indicted by a federal grand jury in September on a child pornography charge after authorities stumbled upon his abandoned van at a Third Bank in Kannapolis, North Carolina. Inside, officers with the Kannapolis Police Department found a trove of weapons, including an AR-15 style rifle behind the driver’s seat, a canister of Tannerite, an explosive material, and more than $500,000.

According to court documents obtained by The Daily Beast, Treisman’s arrest spurred a shocking investigation that uncovered his affinity for mass shootings, racist ideologies, and interest in killing the Democratic presidential nominee. Treisman quickly became the target of a Joint Terrorism Task Forces (JTTF) investigation which included agents from multiple field offices around the country.

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Pope Francis Speaks Up For Gay Civil Unions. Some Supreme Court Justices Could Learn From Him.

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Pope Francis understands gay people a lot better than Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito.

In a shocking revelation today, the pope endorsed civil unions—not, it should be emphasized, religious marriage—for same-sex couples.

“Homosexual people have the right to be in a family,” the pontiff says in a new documentary called Francesco, opening in Rome this week. “They are children of God. You can’t kick someone out of a family, nor make their life miserable for this. What we have to have is a civil union law; that way they are legally covered.”

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Pro-Graham Group Runs Ad Linking Rival Harrison to ‘Looting’ and ‘Rioting’

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As Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) fights for his political life, his supporters’ closing argument has emerged: a vote for Democratic candidate Jaime Harrison, they contend, is a vote for looting, rioting, and chaos.

That’s the message delivered by Hobart Lewis, the sheriff of Greenville County, South Carolina, in an ad, paid for by a pro-Graham super PAC, that has begun hitting airwaves in the state this week.

As footage rolls of looters smashing windows and setting fires, Lewis intones, “the rioting, the looting, the chaos…If Jaime Harrison is elected to the Senate, get ready, because it’s comin’.”

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Vote Republican or Pay a Price, Creepy Landlord Letters Warn

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You can add rogue landlords to the list of potentially sinister characters, along with far-right Proud Boys, Boogaloos, and militia members, looming over one of the most fraught elections in American history.

Two weeks before Election Day, voters in New York and Colorado received letters from their landlords. Democratic candidates were sure to raise taxes, the landlords warned in the letters, and it would be a shame if those candidates won and the landlords had to, say, jack up rent.

While election security experts sound alarms about partisan “poll watchers” potentially intimidating voters, letters from landlords represent a grayer area of voter-influence. The letters received by renters this week never explicitly threaten to raise rents if they vote Democratic: they just heavily imply it could happen. It’s a probably-legal tactic adding more pressure to a tinderbox of an election cycle.

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Trump Exposes Himself as Whiner-in-Chief in Leaked ‘60 Minutes’ Interview

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Over the past couple days, President Donald Trump has been repeatedly threatening to release his entire, unedited interview with 60 Minutes’ Lesley Stahl before an edited version airs on this coming Sunday’s episode. Well, he finally did it and it may have the exact opposite effect he was hoping for.

“Look at the bias, hatred and rudeness on behalf of 60 Minutes and CBS,” Trump posted on Facebook the morning of his final debate with Joe Biden. He then added, for good measure, “Tonight’s anchor, Kristen Welker, is far worse!”

But what anyone who watches all 38 minutes will see is that the president spent the bulk of his time openly whining about how “tough” the questions were while refusing to actually answer any of them in a coherent manner.

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