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Cristina Cabrera

Cristina Cabrera is the social media editor at TPM based in New York. Previously, she worked for Vocativ and interned at USA Today and New York 1 News. She received her B.A at NYU. Follow her on Twitter @crismcabrera

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It’s that time of year again, folks.

TPM’s 12th annual Golden Dukes are upon us and, much like 2017, this year gave us a seemingly bottomless pit of political disasters to consider.

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In the spirit of the holiday season, GOP Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) wondered on Thursday whether a Democrat would run on a “food stamps for all” program, asking, “if healthcare is a right, is food as well?”

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Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum (D) announced he was withdrawing his concession after the state began a recount in the extremely tight governor race on Saturday.

“I am replacing my earlier concession with an unapologetic and uncompromised call to count every vote,” Gillum tweeted.

The Democrat had conceded the race to Republican opponent Ron DeSantis late Tuesday. “We didn’t win it tonight,” he told his supporters.

However, as the vote gap between the two candidates continued to shrink throughout the week, Gillum’s campaign said it was ready for “any outcome,” including a recount.

DeSantis is ahead of Gillum by 0.41 percentage points. A margin of 0.5 percent or less triggers a recount in Florida. There will also be a recount for the similarly tight Senate race between Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Republican challenger Rick Scott.

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President Donald Trump faced backlash on Saturday after he decided to skip a visit to a World War I cemetery in France for American soldiers, citing bad weather.

One critic included Nicholas Soames, Winston Churchill’s grandson.

“They died with their face to the foe and that pathetic inadequate @realDonaldTrump couldn’t even defy the weather to pay his respects to The Fallen,” Soames tweeted.

“It’s incredible that a president would travel to France for this significant anniversary – and then remain in his hotel room watching TV,” wrote former George W. Bush speechwriter David Frum, “rather than pay in person his respects to the Americans who gave their lives in France for the victory gained 100 years ago tomorrow.”

Ex-Obama aide Ben Rhodes chimed in: “I helped plan all of President Obama’s trips for 8 years. There is always a rain option. Always.”

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