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American election is just 100 days away

TOM COTTON CALLS SLAVERY ‘A NECESSARY EVIL’

Senator Tom Cotton (Republican-Arkansas) called slavery the nation’s “necessary evil” while discussing how it should be taught in schools. 
“We have to study the history of slavery and its role and impact on the development of our country because otherwise we can’t understand our country,” Cotton said.
“As the Founding Fathers said, it was the necessary evil upon which the union was built.”
Instead of portraying America as “an irredeemably corrupt, rotten and racist country,” the nation should be viewed as “imperfect and flawed,” but the “greatest and noblest country in the history of mankind,” he added. [HuffPost] ‌

TRUMP FACES POLITICAL HEADWINDS WITH ELECTION 100 DAYS AWAY
With the November election 100 days away, more Americans say the country is heading in the wrong direction than at any previous point in Donald Trump’s presidency, putting the incumbent in a perilous position as his reelection bid against Democrat Joe Biden enters a pivotal stretch.
A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research also finds Trump’s approval for his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic falling to a new low, with just 32% of Americans supportive of his approach. [AP] ‌

WORKERS WILL ‘SIT HOME’ ON TOO MUCH UNEMPLOYMENT AID, COMPLAINS STEVE MNUCHIN
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin attacked continuing enhanced benefits for unemployed Americans by complaining that workers will “sit home” collecting the money.
“It wouldn’t be fair to use taxpayer dollars to pay more people to sit home than they would get working and get a job,” Mnuchin told Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday.
Critics blasted Mnuchin as an out-of-touch, ultra-wealthy multi-millionaire who was grilled at his nomination hearing for shortchanging the same U.S. taxpayers with offshore tax havens sheltering his money. [HuffPost]



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