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UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 04: Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice Elena Kagan, are seen during President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address in the House Chamber on Tuesday, February 4, 2020. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Where Things Stand: Media Mistakes Embolden Another Trumpian
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Regardless of who-pitched-who, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) clearly knew what he was doing — and what he was getting away with — with his New York Times op-ed pushing the use of military force against protesters demonstrating against police brutality and the death of George Floyd.

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New York, United States of America - July 8, 2017. The New York Times building in the west side of Midtown Manhattan.
on June 30, 2016 in New York City. Cunningham passed away at the age of 87 on Saturday, June 25th in Manhattan.
on January 25, 2018 in Washington, DC.
Where Things Stand: Trump Tries To Have It Both Ways With ‘China Virus’ Rhetoric
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Earlier this week, President Trump attempted to make up for his use of the term “China virus” to describe COVID-19 by defending the Asian American community, which has faced xenophobia and racist attacks in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

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WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 05: Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) heads to the U.S. Capitol for the weekly Republican policy luncheon March 05, 2019 in Washington, DC. With the support of at least four Republicans, the Senate seems poised to approve a resolution of disapproval on President Donald Trump's use of a national emergency declaration to secure the money he wants to build a border wall on the southern border. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 30:  Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) looks on as Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin delivers the annual financial stability report to the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee on January 30, 2018 in Washington, DC. Mnuchin said the Treasury can extend the government's debt limit suspension period into February before it exhausts its borrowing ability.  (Photo by Pete Marovich/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 08:  Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) walks to a closed door Senate Intelligence Committee meeting, on March 8, 2018 in Washington, DC. The committee is investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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