Trump wonders why ‘nobody likes me’; Twitter gets tough on fake cures; Cuomo gets hot over The Chainsmokers

The U.S. was approaching 150,000 COVID-19 deaths Wednesday while President Trump was trying to figure out why Dr. Anthony Fauci has such a high approval rating and “nobody likes me.”

Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has been a top adviser to the Trump administration during the pandemic.

“For the most part we have done what he and others …. have recommended,” Trump said Tuesday. “He’s got this high approval rating, so why don’t I have a high approval rating with respect, and the administration, with respect to the virus?”

Trump added that “Nobody likes me. It can only be my personality.”

Twitter continued a crackdown on tweets about fake cures that has already ensnared the president. This time, Madonna got called out.

The numbers remain bleak. The three states with the largest populations – California, Texas and Florida – all set records for deaths

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I’m a former CIA analyst trained to spot fake news. Here’s how you can do it, too.

In early 2017, I watched from my desk at the CIA as the world learned Russia had waged an influence campaign targeting the U.S. presidential election months before. As an intelligence analyst, I worked in a world where countries often used covert action against each other to influence events, outcomes, and policies, but the scale and scope of Russia’s actions to try to help Donald Trump elected were unprecedented. As the Intelligence Community’s declassified assessment from 2017 stated, Russia’s interference was “a significant escalation” in the country’s long-running effort to undermine the United States. 

Since then, I have seen this revelation lead to a (mostly) collective panic, but essentially no government action. That panic has manifested in a growing distrust of institutions we traditionally counted on for information, like the media, fear that social media conversations are orchestrated by “Russian bots,” the mainstreaming of conspiracy theories, and in the most

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