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Presidential concerns, "trumped up," and a Capito follow-up

Trump, despite everything going on around him, finds time to tweet his concerns about punctuation

This morning from our president:

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September 27, 2019

Capito and Trump

WV Senator Shelley Moore Capito follows the Republican talking points

Yesterday, as numerous media sources pointed out, the Trump administration sent out “talking points” for Republicans to use when asked about the phone conversation between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Here was the first Republican . . .

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September 26, 2019

Trump and West Virginia

Manchin/Trump on background checks, the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Jerry West, and Trump’s West Virginia approval rating

WV Senator Manchin meets with Trump on background checks

From today’s New York Times:

President Trump assured Senator Joe Manchin III, Democrat of West Virginia, on Thursday that he was still considering legislation that could include background checks for gun buyers. But White House aides said they had polling data . . .

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September 06, 2019

Senator Manchin revives background checks (with update)

President Trump on August 9: "On background checks, we have tremendous support for really common-sense, sensible, important background checks."

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After the deaths at Sandy Hook in 2013, West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin co-sponsored an amendment to expand background checks only to see his efforts fail as only 54 senators (out of the 60 needed) supported his amendment. Two days ago, on Face the Nation, he discussed working with Trump’s staff on passing similar background . . .

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August 20, 2019

Bribing workers to attend Trump's PA Cracker Speech

A story you most likely won't see in Wheeling's "newspapers"

The previous post looked at our local Ogden newspapers' largely-positive coverage of President Trump's recent presidential policy speech political rally in Pennsylvania. But perhaps support for the speech was not all that it appeared to be. Some good work by Anya Litvak at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has documented the choices . . .

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August 17, 2019

Covering Trump’s PA Cracker Speech

The Wheeling Intelligencer reporter saw a different speech than the one that national news sources saw

This morning’s Wheeling Intelligencer coverage of yesterday’s Trump speech in Monaca (PA) was considerably different from that found in most national media. Rather than depending upon the Associated Press for coverage, our local paper used Rick Shrum, a reporter from another Ogden newspaper -- the Washington (PA) Observer-Reporter. The . . .

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August 14, 2019

Newly-orphaned baby in photo-op with president and First Lady (with update)

Smiling Trump gives thumbs-up

This is quickly making the rounds although I doubt that we will see it in the afternoon Wheeling News-Register:

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This is how TPM described it:

In a jarring image tweeted from first lady Melania Trump’s account, she and President Donald Trump grin, the latter flashing a thumbs up, as they pose with a baby . . .

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August 09, 2019

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