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Only one day after the mass shooting targeting a Republican Congressional baseball practice seemed to bring Washington together, the nasty normal resumed:

  • Trump, who was applauded by both parties for rising to the occasion in his speech yesterday, tweeted Thursday morning: "They made up a phony collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phony story. Nice... You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history - led by some very bad and conflicted people! #MAGA"
  • Newt Gingrich, on Twitter: "Should now be clear Mueller is the 'anti-Trump special counsel'... Mueller is now clearly the ti[p of the deep state spear aimed at destroying or at a minimum undermining and crippling the Trump presidency. Mueller is setting up a dragnet of obstruction, financial questions and every aspect of Trump's life and his associates lives. very dangerous... he brazen redefinition of Mueller's task tells you how arrogant the deep state is and how confident it is it can get away with anything."
  • Joe Scarborough (in response to Gingrich's tweets): "It is hard to overstate how reckless the fanning of this anti-government conspiracy is the day after a mass shooting aimed at congressmen. This is grotesque and fans the flames of rage among the unbalanced. What exactly is the price of an ambassadorship these days? How dare you smear a man who served this country honorably for decades in both war and peace, winning the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. Newt, whatever you think you're getting in return for obsequiously sliming an American hero, I guarantee you it's not worth it. Stop."
  • Mark Sanford, on Morning Joe: "Trump is 'at least partially to blame' for the 'demons that have have been unleashed' across the country."

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President Trump, speaking from a podium at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., on Friday announced that he is prepared to issue executive orders suspending payroll taxes and extending enhanced unemployment benefits through the end of 2020, and halting student loan interest and payments indefinitely.

Why it matters: The impending orders come after talks between the White House and Democratic leadership collapsed Friday afternoon. But Trump said he remains committed to striking a deal with Congress on a broader stimulus package before signing the orders.

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  3. Politics: White House recommends Trump issue executive orders on coronavirus aid.
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Trump: "We are going a different way" on coronavirus aid

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President Trump tweeted on Friday that his administration is "going a different way" with coronavirus aid after negotiations with congressional Democrats stalled again, suggesting he will use an executive order to address stimulus spending.

What he's saying: "Pelosi and Schumer only interested in Bailout Money for poorly run Democrat cities and states. Nothing to do with China Virus! Want one trillion dollars. No interest. We are going a different way!" Trump tweeted.