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March 8, 2021

Former President Donald Trump spent much of 2020 pushing unfounded claims of voter fraud, often pinpointing mail-in voting as a major culprit. Yet, he continues to do it himself.

Trump, now a Palm Beach, Florida, resident, requested a mail ballot on Friday so he can vote in the city's municipal elections, The Palm Beach Post reports. Trump did vote in person in November's general election, but he previously cast mail ballots while in the White House, praising Florida's security while simultaneously criticizing the system at large.

At the time, he claimed he was he was too busy to leave Washington, and he also repeatedly drew a distinction between absentee ballots and universal vote-by-mail. But that doesn't seem to apply in this case. Read more at The Palm Beach Post. Tim O'Donnell

March 13, 2020

President Trump is lashing out at former President Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden after calling for unity in the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump in a tweet on Thursday night attacked "Sleepy Joe Biden" for the Obama administration's response to the swine flu, suggesting his own administration's response to the coronavirus pandemic is drawing high approval ratings. On Friday morning, an ABC News poll found a majority of Americans, 54 percent, disapprove of Trump's response to the coronavirus pandemic compared to 43 percent who approve.

Trump in his tweet suggested he has a 78 percent approval rating on his coronavirus response, but the poll he cites was conducted in February prior to the first death in the U.S. from the novel coronavirus, CNN's Daniel Dale notes. It found that 77 percent of Americans were confident in the federal government's ability to handle a coronavirus outbreak, not mentioning Trump.

On Friday morning, Trump also lashed out at the CDC for doing "nothing about" its testing system and again attacked the Obama administration over the swine flu, calling their response a "full scale disaster" and claiming Obama "made changes that only complicated things further" when it comes to testing.

Trump had previously been placing blame on Obama amid scrutiny over the amount of coronavirus tests being made available in the United States, recently claiming the former president "made a decision on testing that turned out to be very detrimental." CNN writes that "there is no Obama-era decision or rule that impeded coronavirus testing. The Obama administration did put forward a draft proposal related to lab testing, but it was never implemented."

The Washington Post notes that Trump's tweets swiping Obama and Biden came after his Wednesday Oval Office address, during which he said now is the time to "put politics aside, stop the partisanship, and unify together as one nation and one family." Brendan Morrow

August 30, 2017

Just 10 minutes after calling out Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill (Mo.) in his Wednesday speech on tax reform, President Trump encouraged everyone to "try to put the partisan posturing behind us." Trump had started out his speech in Springfield, Missouri, by informing the people of Missouri that if McCaskill does not support his tax reform plan, "you have to vote her out of office."

Though Trump did not offer specifics on how his proposed tax cuts would affect the nation's budget deficits and debt, he did seem certain that this was a plan everyone should get behind. "What could possibly be more bipartisan than allowing families to keep more of what they earn?" Trump asked, hailing his proposals as the "pay raise" that American workers "have been looking for."

Trump said he would "ideally" like to lower the business tax rate from 35 percent down to 15 percent; bring back the "trillions" of dollars in wealth "parked overseas"; and generally make America great again — "just like it says on that beautiful red hat." "My administration is embracing a new economic model," Trump explained. "It's called, very simply, the American model." Becca Stanek

July 27, 2017

Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) plans to vote for Senate Republicans' "skinny repeal" of ObamaCare, but first he wants to be sure the bill won't pass the House. To ensure the bill "isn't a one-way trip to the House," Rounds said he has requested a guarantee that the bill would not pass the House without being brought to conference first, so senators could have another chance to make amendments alongside the House before the bill is finalized. If the bill does pass the House, Rounds asked for at least a delay in its implementation.

Rounds isn't the only GOP senator so far to suggest that a "skinny repeal," which is centered around eliminating ObamaCare's individual mandate, isn't Republicans' actual plan for health-care reform. Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) expressed his agreement Thursday with House Freedom Caucus leader Rep. Mark Meadows' (R-N.C.) assessment that "skinny repeal" is just a "vehicle for conference" negotiations between the House and Senate. "Would we send [a 'skinny' bill] to the president? The answer is no," Cornyn quoted Meadows as saying.

The Senate is poised to vote later Thursday on "skinny repeal," though the exact contents of the bill remain unclear. Becca Stanek

August 19, 2016

For a minute there, it looked like Ivanka Trump was going to be the savior of her father's campaign. The elegant, accomplished eldest daughter of Donald Trump was seen as a positive influence on her more boorish father, whether it was tailoring his child-care plan or exhibiting general, approachable poise or even being an effective surrogate for supporting working women.

In fact, Ivanka Trump describes her namesake business as "the ultimate destination for Women Who Work," and she has a dedicated page on her website as well as a custom hashtag for the cause. The logic follows, then, that Trump must be a giving, empowering employer of young women, yes?

Not quite: On Thursday, Trump tweeted out a post from her website touting tips for "how to make it work as an unpaid intern." And these aren't generic tips from finance experts or random college grads, but rather a post led by the copy intern for Trump's own business. Intern Quincy Bulin surveyed three of her fellow Ivanka Trump interns on how they make ends meet while making no money for their summer labor — and lest you think these young women are speaking only from past experiences, Bulin writes that summer 2016 (you know, the one she's spending working for Ivanka Trump) is her third unpaid summer in New York.

So, how do you foot the bill when you're doing unpaid work for one of the richest families in New York City? You can read the whole advice-giving post, here. Kimberly Alters

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