Florida GOP fights to animate Trump’s base without president

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Nearly 300 Republicans packed shoulder-to-shoulder maskless and sweating inside a Holiday Inn conference room this week in the heart of the Florida Panhandle to see their party’s biggest political stars not named President Donald Trump.

With Trump grounded in Washington, they chanted and cheered as the governor, the self-described “Trumpiest” Florida congressman and the president’s eldest son shared anti-Democratic conspiracy theories, attacked the media and warned that Joe Biden “is a puppet for the radical left.”

While energetic, the crowd was a far cry from the tens of thousands drawn to the president’s past rallies in this deep-red bastion of Trumpism, where the president’s dominant performance four years ago helped deliver Florida, and with it, the White House.

“I’d like to see President Trump. Don Jr. is fine,” said Rick Scott, a 64-year-old retired construction manager who joined the modest crowd in Panama City Beach

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Vice-presidential debate: Kamala Harris, Mike Pence debate pandemic, Donald Trump’s taxes and the U.S. economy

Vice-President Mike Pence and his Democratic challenger, California Sen. Kamala Harris, will face off in a vice-presidential debate at 9 p.m. ET in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Susan Page, USA Today’s Washington bureau chief, will moderate.

Harris, Pence and Page will use Plexiglas shields as a COVID-19 precaution, according to the Commission on Presidential Debates. The shields were requested by the Biden-Harris campaign, while Pence’s team initially objected to them.

Pence has spent time in close proximity to President Donald Trump, who is recovering from coronavirus at the White House. Kamala Harris and Mike Pence both have tested negative for COVID-19, according to their teams.

Ultimately, the debate is a chance for voters to decide whether Pence and Harris are ready to step into the presidency at a moment’s notice.

Over the course of 90 minutes, Harris and Pence will debate in nine segments of approximately 10 minutes each.

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Donald Trump’s massive debt makes him a national security threat | Staff Columnists

So it is easy to imagine how ambitious businessmen with ties to Trump-friendly autocrats might try to help with his financial dilemma.

The Times stories are full of disturbing examples, as Trump Organization hotels and clubs draw lobbyists from countries led by strongmen.

Turkish businessman Mehmet Ali Yalcindag, who helped negotiate a licensing deal in 2008 for two Trump Towers in Istanbul, now lobbies on behalf of Turkish interests in Washington. Turkish business groups schedule events in Trump’s Washington hotel and Turkish airlines host an event at the Trump National Golf Club in suburban Virginia.

Credit card receipts reported to the IRS “reflect the way certain of (Trump’s) resorts, golf courses and hotels became favored stomping grounds, if not venues for influence-trading, beginning in 2015,” writes the Times.

This sleaziness becomes even more disturbing given Trump’s staggering debts that would come due during a second Trump term.

A hefty chunk

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Brad Parscale bodycam video: Florida police tackle Trump’s former campaign manager after 911 call

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (KABC) — Police in Florida have released bodycam video of their takedown of Brad Parscale, a former campaign manager for President Donald Trump.

In the video from Sunday, police in Fort Lauderdale can be seen and heard talking to Parscale, and then, when they say he disobeyed their orders, they tackle him.

The standoff started after Parscale’s wife fled the home and asked for help from a real estate agent showing a nearby house, officials said. They called 911, and officers responded.

According to police, Parscale’s wife called to say her husband possibly shot himself.

It turned out, he had not, though she told them he had been making suicidal comments recently.

The wife told officers that Parscale had been stressed out recently and that he had made comments about shooting himself, according to a police report. Investigators said 10 guns were later removed from the home.

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Most of Trump’s charitable tax write-offs are reportedly for not developing property he owns

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Sole Witness Who Heard Cops Announce Themselves in Breonna Taylor Raid Changed His Story

This week, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron made the bombshell announcement that the cops who fatally shot Breonna Taylor would not be charged with killing her, calling their use of force in the March raid “justified to protect themselves.”In that justification, he said that one witness corroborated the three officers’ insistence that they knocked and identified themselves at Taylor’s Louisville home while executing a search warrant in connection with a narcotics investigation. It contradicted claims from Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenny Walker, and 11 other residents, who said they didn’t hear the cops announce themselves. Instead, Walker thought he was being burglarized and fired a warning shot that triggered a tragic chain of events.But, according to documents and audio obtained by VICE News on Saturday, that sole witness initially told investigators days after the March

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What Trump’s ‘A+’ response looks like for nursing homes

Over 40% of the nation’s COVID-19 deaths have been in nursing homes, and the Trump administration convened a Coronavirus Commission for Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes to study the challenges. Comprised of leading academics, sector and workforce representatives, and resident advocates, the commission delivered its report this month. The administration claimed complete vindication. That claim is worth closer examination.

The administration has pointed to federal relief funds provided nursing homes, without noting they comprise only 4.2% of what Congress allocated for health care provider relief. Importantly, while the commission urged “federal relief funds for hazard pay options,” not a single penny of a recent $2.5 billion distribution to the nation’s nursing homes can be used for employee retention. With workforce stipends having ended here in New Hampshire, and nursing home residents and staff at the epicenter of COVID-19 risk, staff retention is severely challenging.

The administration is also counting

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