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Inspiring Independent Presidential Candidate and Billionaire Ross Perot Dies at 89

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Ross Perot, the eccentric Texas billionaire who ran for president twice as an independent in the 90s, has died after a battle with cancer.

In 1992, Perot scored 19% of the popular vote for president, far and away the most successful bid outside the two major parties in the modern era.

Many members of the GOP establishment still blame Perot for George Bush’s re-election loss, ignoring Bush’s broken promise not to raise taxes.

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Even with the blame cast upon the self-made billionaire, Perot remained popular enough to run again in 1996 with populist Americans continuing to support his candidacy.

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Earlier this year, Perot was diagnosed with leukemia and passed away surrounded by his loving family according to a spokesperson.

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The Attorney General on His Way Out?: Trump Mulls Firing Bill Barr, Advisers Trying to Dissuade Him

Trump is unhappy about more than just Barr’s recent voter fraud comments.

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President Donald Trump is considering firing Attorney General William Barr, with the Washington Post reporting Wednesday evening that Trump “remained livid” at him.

On Tuesday Barr said that the Justice Department did not find evidence of “fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election.”

An unnamed senior administration official told the Post that although Trump is upset about Barr’s comments, he’s also unhappy with Barr about other matters, such as his previous lack of action on the FBI’s investigation into the Trump campaign and his handling of John Durham.

The president is pressuring Barr to release the “Durham report,” which could implicate officials in using the investigation to target Trump for political reasons. Trump also sees Barr’s secret appointment of Durham to DOJ special counsel as a “stall tactic.”

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AG Barr Reveals John Durham Was Appointed Special Counsel Weeks Before 2020 Election

In the wake of Election Day Attorney General Barr authorized federal prosecutors to “investigate substantial allegations” of voter fraud. But in his comments Tuesday, Barr claimed that “most claims of fraud are very particularized to a particular set of circumstances or actors or conduct.”

“They are not systemic allegations,” said Barr.

Trump may want to fire Barr, but several advisers are trying to persuade him not to, according to the unnamed senior official.

Either way, it’s tough to see how Barr remains attorney general for much longer. If Joe Biden pulls off the steal and gets inaugurated, he will certainly replace Barr with his own AG. And if Trump hangs on for his second and final term, he may very well want to clean house and start afresh.

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