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President Donald Trump's response to the health crisis facing the United States has been widely criticized.

He initially dismissed the virus as a hoax before his administration bungled a rollout of testing kits and ordered governors to fend for themselves. Against the near-unanimous advice of health officials, Trump said as recently as Tuesday that he hopes to scale back crucial social distancing measures by Easter—in 18 days.

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While much of the national focus was on the Democratic candidates vying for the nomination to take on President Donald Trump in November, there were a wealth of down-ballot primaries that could reshape Congress in a similar manner to the 2018 midterm elections.

One of those primary candidates is M.J. Hegar, the air force combat veteran whose "Doors" ad went viral in 2018 during her run for Congress.

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Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) questions U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control hearing on June 11, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

When New York Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer shared information from the climatologists at NOAA about global warming and climate change, people who understand science were concerned. Others, like Republican Senator John Cornyn of Texas, were confused.

Schumer, the Senate Minority Leader, posted:

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Republican Senators Ted Cruz, John Cornyn, and Lindsey Graham chat during a break in the testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford during Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, on Capitol Hill September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo By Michael Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images)

The idea of the "paid protester" is one Donald Trump floated while he campaigned for President. Trump maintained anyone opposing him at his rallies were simply paid to be there.

It is a narrative adapted from conspiracy theorists who dismiss events that do not fit into their world view—like school shootings—as the work of paid actors. Rather than admit considerable numbers of people vocally opposing him, the President accuses them of being paid to protest.

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The No. 2 Republican in the Senate, Texas Senator John Cornyn, said on Tuesday that he will introduce a background check bill for gun purchases. This is in response to the mass shooting at the Sutherland Springs Baptist church in Texas, where Devin Patrick Kelley killed 26 people, half of them children, on Sunday. The proposed legislation will require all federal agencies to upload criminal records to a national database, that must be checked before a person can purchase a gun.

“I plan to introduce legislation ... to ensure that all federal departments and agencies, including the Department of Defense, upload the required conviction records into the national database,” Cornyn said in a statement.

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Sally Yates could give a masterclass in how to testify before the Senate. The former Acting Attorney General faced the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday to discuss Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election. In the face of questions about her actions, Yates calmly and coolly schooled Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, who seemed committed to changing the topic.

Yates was asked to testify about the evidence she gave the White House about General Michael Flynn's connections with Russia. However, the GOP senators focused on other issues, including Yates's conduct and firing as Acting Attorney General.

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