Do Trump rally taunts mark new 2020 strategy?

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It began, as it almost always does these days, with a tweet.

Donald Trump, watching a schism form between the Democratic Party leadership and a restive group of progressives new to Congress, decided to light a match and then dance around the flames.

He tweeted on Sunday that a group of progressive critics in Congress - three of whom were born in the US - should go back to their home countries, then stood silent on Wednesday night as a rally crowd chanted for the one who wasn't to be deported.

Like the calls for Hillary Clinton to be imprisoned three years ago, the "send her back" chant is not emblematic of a healthy, well-functioning democracy. It has been roundly condemned. And yet it is a storm entirely of Mr Trump's making.

The president, it should be clear at this point, is an instinctual politician. There is a risk to ascribing grand strategy behind his actions. In most cases, the action comes first, and the strategy follows. There are, however, some hints to be gleaned from the week's race conflagration about what lies ahead.

Motivating the base

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Sir Kim Darroch: Five things the UK ambassador row reveals about Trump

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With Sir Kim Darroch heading for the exit, the US portion of the leaked cable controversy draws to a close.

While the British government will continue to deal with political fallout for weeks, if not months, to come, it's not too early to provide assessment from the US side of the Atlantic.

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Democratic debates: Who were the winners and losers?

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The first Democratic debate double-header is in the books. Two nights, two groups of 10, one set of winners and losers.

Here's a look at who ended up on top this week and who was left stumbling for the exits.

WINNERS

Kamala Harris

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US election 2020: Key takeaways from Democratic debate

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The first Democratic presidential debate is in the books, and 10 of the 20 candidates who qualified for the proceedings have had their say - in one-minute chunks.

Now that we've had a chance to see what at least some of this massive presidential field has been able to do on the same stage and under the spotlight, here are a few takeaways.

Sparks fly on healthcare

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US election 2020: What to expect in Democratic debates

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The first Democratic debates are like the opening round of a golf tournament. There's no way to win the prize right now, but plenty of ways to lose it for good.

The candidates, their visions and their plans will be put in the crucible on Wednesday and Thursday night. There will be more tests to come, but this is the first real chance to see how they hold up under pressure.

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Bernie Sanders: What’s different this time around?

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In 2016 Bernie Sanders arrived on the Democratic presidential scene with all the surprise of a thunderclap in a blue sky.

He set fundraising records, drew rally crowds of tens of thousands and, for a time, cast the once-seemingly inevitable nomination of Hillary Clinton in doubt.

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Florida supporters on why they want Trump to win in 2020

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On Tuesday night in Orlando, Florida, Donald Trump "officially" kicked off his presidential re-election bid.

Of course, everyone knew he was going to run for re-election. That was hardly a surprise. He filed his 2020 paperwork the day after his January 2017 inauguration, and he's been holding regular campaign-style rallies across key battleground states ever since.

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Donald Trump impeachment debate: What will Democrats do?

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Ever since Robert Mueller's special counsel investigation concluded in March, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has been walking a fine line on initiating impeachment proceedings against the president.

She says she wants to keep all options open, with an array of congressional investigations, but hold off on the "i" word, as Donald Trump calls it.

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Robert Mueller statement: What special counsel really meant

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If a picture is worth a thousand words, a Robert Mueller statement is worth a 448-page report.

For the first time in his more than two years as special counsel, Mueller has spoken publicly about his investigation.

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Abortion in US: What surprise Supreme Court ruling means

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In a surprise move, the Supreme Court has issued a pair of decisions on an Indiana law restricting abortions, offering clues on how the nine-member court - with two new justices appointed by Donald Trump - could view the contentious issue in the days and years ahead.

The court's actions were a mixed bag for those on both sides of the abortion debate.

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