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David Taintor

David Taintor is a news editor at Talking Points Memo. Previously, he worked at NBC News and Adweek. He's a native of Minnesota. Reach him at taintor@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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At around 10 p.m. Tuesday night, panic gripped the Times Square area of Manhattan after a backfiring motorcycle was mistaken for gunshots.

I happened to be caught up in the chaos with my family. Upon leaving a Broadway show on West 45th Street, a sea of people rushed toward the theater, shouting and scared.

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CNN’s Democratic debate kicked off Tuesday evening by focusing on health care, with a question to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) about his response to former Rep. John Delaney calling Medicare for All bad policy and political suicide.

“You’re wrong!” Sanders said, marking the first big applause line of the debate.

“Health care is a human right, not a privilege. I believe that. I will fight for that,” Sanders said. 

Delaney countered that he’s “right about this.”

We don’t have to go around and be the party of subtraction and telling half the country with private health insurance their health insurance is illegal,” Delaney said. 

Watch:

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It appears President Trump was searching for an Obama-era scandal — and came up short.

After weighing in on congressional Democrats’ ramped-up oversight efforts Friday, Trump turned his attention to his predecessor.

“We want to find out what happened with the last Democrat president,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office, for no apparent reason. “Let’s look into Obama the way they have looked at me from day one. They looked into everything that we’ve done. They could look into the book deal that President Obama made. Let’s subpoena all of his records.”

What prompted the book deal reference is anyone’s guess. But it could be that Trump, a man obsessed with setting records, is stung that former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama received an unprecedented $65 million advance for their post-presidency tell-alls.

Trump later turned his attention to a new French tax law that could impact American tech companies, vowing retaliatory action.

The President said he’s considering taxing French wine, which he claimed is far inferior to its American counterparts, despite his teetotalling tendencies.

“I’ve always liked American wines better than French wines. Even though I don’t drink wine. I just like the way they look, OK? But the American wines are great. American wines are great. … So France did that. I told them don’t do it. I told them, don’t do it, if you do it, I’m going to tax your wines. … So yeah, we’re working on that right now.”

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President Trump on Thursday sought to distance himself from the “send her back” chant directed at Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) at a Trump reelection rally.

“I was not happy with it. I disagree with it,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office.

When a reporter asked why he didn’t step in to quell the chant, Trump claimed some credit for doing so. “I think I did. I started speaking very quickly.”

Trump stood silently for a few seconds as the chant went on.

The President on Thursday blamed any delay on the “tremendous amount of noise and action and everything else” in the arena.

For days, Trump has been lobbying racist attacks against Omar and three other congresswoman of color — Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA). On Sunday, the President tweeted that they should “go back” to the countries they supposedly came from. All four are U.S. citizens and — with the exception of Omar — were born in the U.S.

A handful of Republicans criticized Trump for allowing the chant to go unchallenged.

Watch the chant at Trump’s rally Wednesday in Greenville, N.C.

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President Trump backed away from his effort to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census but said he would determine how many citizens are in the U.S. another way — by signing an executive order to gather the data.

Today, I will be issuing an executive order to put this very plan into effect immediately. I’m hereby ordering every department and agency in the federal government to provide the Department of Commerce with all requested records regarding the number of citizens and non-citizens in our country,” Trump said in the Rose Garden alongside Attorney General Bill Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.

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