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Since the beginning of his life, Donald Trump has been a liar. He lies big and he lies small. Everything from his strange hair down to his shoes are false or misleading in some way or another. Since the beginning of his administration, Trump’s penchant for lying has increased.

The Washington Post put his rate of lying or misleading claims at around 20 per day at the end of 2019. That was before the pandemic, before Trump completely dropped the ball and his racist, cruel, xenophobic, and incompetent administration’s sins came back to claim us all.

Trump’s lying and the need for fact-checking has become one of the few jobs created by the current administration, since the administration is made up of so many scam artists and general hoodwinkery. CNN has reporter Daniel Dale doing the fact-checking for those moments when Trump is allowed to really talk for a while. On Tuesday night, Trump decided his campaign could use the illusion that he was speaking to Americans outside of his white supremacist cultish base, and have him sit down with Pennsylvania voters in a town hall. As you can imagine, Trump lied for most of the hour and a half event. CNN’s Don Lemon had Daniel Dale on to point out some of the inconsistencies in Trump’s assertions. 

At this point, we all know that Trump is a mediocre person, born into great power and wealth, buoyed by our rigged systems of inequality, and now failing on a global level. We all know Trump is a liar and that his lies are seemingly so transparent it is mind-numbing to watch millions of people continue to show their support for him. Daniel Dale has a great ability to really speak fast and thus perform the level of bullshit this current white supremacist in chief is shoveling out into the public sphere any chance he gets.

DANIEL DALE: There was just so much lying, Don. I'm going to go quickly, so literally just stop me if you need to. He said, again, Democrats won't protect people with pre-existing conditions. That is nonsense, as a voter told him, Democrats created those protections. He insisted he didn't praise China on the virus. He did so repeatedly. We know that. He claimed nobody knew at the time he was praising China that seniors were especially susceptible to the virus. That's one of the first things we learned out of China, Italy, and the U.S. He claimed Biden said in March, that the pandemic was, “totally overexaggerated.” I can find no evidence Biden ever said that. He said Winston Churchill was kind of like him playing down stuff because he went on rooftops in London, during the Nazi bombing and told people everything is going to be good. Churchill did not speak from the rooftops and did not say everything was going to be good, he warned of suffering and danger. 

Trump said he fired James Mattis, Mattis resigned. He said that protesters took over 20% of Seattle. It was a six block area, nowhere close to 20%. He took credit again, for sending in the National Guard in Minneapolis, saying that this happened after a week and a half of violence there. It was not even close to a week and a half. It was days and the Democratic governor is the one who activated the Guard. He said he essentially repealed Obamacare by getting rid of the individual mandate. Not even close to true with the Medicaid expansion, pre-existing conditions protections, other stuff remains.

He said the cupboards were empty of ventilators, his administration admits he inherited about 16,000 from Obama. He did his usual false-boast about so-called bans on travel from China and Europe. They were not complete bans. He said stocks are owned by, quote, “everybody.” Just about half of Americans own stocks. He repeated his nonsense about testing causing cases, testing merely reveals and helps fight cases. He said that Biden has agreed to a Bernie Sanders style of socialized health care. He fought Sanders on that issue. He has very much not agreed to a Sanders-style plan. And, Don, this is a preliminary list. i have hours of fact-checking tonight to do because there's even more than this so this was just a firehose of lying, again, from the president.

Dale subsequently debunks the right-wing talking point lie that the boost in shooting crime in New York City (Trump exaggerates the uptick by about 200%) is misleading since even though there have been more violent shooting crimes in NYC this year, the numbers are still way below the numbers in Giuliani’s last year in office as mayor of New York.

Lemon asks Dale if he needs to take a sip of water after that two-minute tour de force.

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Mickelson and Late-Night Range Session Key for DeChambeau

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer

MAMARONECK, N.Y. (AP) — Two moments were key for Bryson DeChambeau winning the U.S. Open.

The first one was early in the week, when he played a practice round at Winged Foot with Phil Mickelson. By then, DeChambeau already was sold on his plan of hitting driver every chance he could because it would be difficult for him and everyone else to hit many fairways.

But it was during that practice round that Mickelson shared his experiences from 2006, when Lefty hit only one fairway in the final round and still nearly won.

“He said, ‘In 2006, I had the best short-game week of my life,’ and that really stuck out to me for some reason,” DeChambeau said. “But I just knew that if I did hit it in the rough, I'm going to have to get it up-and-down quite a bit. So I made sure that I needed to practice those shots coming into the week, and I did that beautifully.”

He cited the 14th hole Sunday, when he went from the left rough to shaggy grass below the green. His chip was one of the best of the final round, leaving him a 6-foot par putt he made.

The other was after he finished with a bogey on Saturday for a 70 — his only round that wasn't under par — to fall two shots behind Matthew Wolff. DeChambeau headed to the range and stayed there until well past 8 p.m., in the dark with floodlights on, trying to find a swing with the driver that had deserted him.

“When he got done on Saturday, he didn't hit it great,” swing coach Chris Como said. "He came off the course and I said, ‘That was the round of a champion right there.’ It's the round you have to grind and fight for on every shot. That showed heart. He didn't have his good stuff.

“I told him what I saw, and he found a good feel for it (Saturday) night.”

What did he find?

“My left arm wasn't holding and being stable enough through impact,” DeChambeau said. “It was just rolling over. That's why I was drawing it and hooking it a little bit.”

He found another adjustment on the short par-4 sixth hole, and he was on his way.

NEW LIFE

The PGA Tour stop in the Dominican Republic should be a candidate for comeback tournament of the year.

Consider the chronology. It was among the first events to be canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship was supposed to be opposite the Match Play.

Then, it was moved to the same week as the Ryder Cup, which was scheduled for Sept. 25-27. And when the Ryder Cup was postponed until 2021, suddenly Punta Cana had the weekend to itself as a full FedEx Cup event.

It will be on network TV this weekend because NBC had this time set aside for the Ryder Cup. And because it offers full FedEx Cup points, the winner goes to the Masters next year.

And to think this was a Korn Ferry Tour event three years ago.

SOLHEIM CUP

The LPGA Tour had a 34-tournament schedule to start the year. And then the COVID-19 pandemic happened, shutting down the LPGA Tour for five months. With tournament cancellations and postponements, that leaves 17 events on the schedule this year.

That’s why Solheim Cup captain Pat Hurst wouldn’t mind getting extra wild-card selections for her U.S. team at Inverness next September.

“Definitely more than two,” Hurst said. “I think four would be great. I don’t know if we’ll get that. Who knows? ... Let’s keep our fingers crossed and see if we can get four.”

The U.S. team takes the leading eight qualifiers through a points system, two from the world ranking and two captain’s picks.

Europe already has made the adjustment, with Catriona Matthew now getting six captain’s picks instead of four. Two players come off a Ladies European Tour points list and four from the world ranking.

“We just felt with the players not playing as much and all the schedules being up in the air that it was just nice to do that and give you a bit more options and what you might do going forward next year,” Matthew said.

The Solheim Cup is Sept. 4-6 at Inverness Club in northwest Ohio, three weeks before the Ryder Cup in Wisconsin. U.S. captain Steve Stricker had his system changed to six picks this year, although the American team is in the process of updating its qualifying system with the matches postponed a year.

FOLDS OF HONOR

Jack Nicklaus has waived the design fee for his latest golf course renovation so it could be donated to a project aimed at providing scholarships to spouses and children of American service members who are disabled or lost their lives.

American Dunes golf Club in Grand Haven, Michigan, opens next week and Nicklaus will be there. It previously was Grand Haven Golf Club, a tight, tree-lined course that opened more than 50 years ago and was closed in 2018.

Lt. Col. Dan Rooney, a PGA professional and former F-16 pilot in the Oklahoma Air National Guard, discussed the concept with Nicklaus two summers ago. Nicklaus loved the idea and converted the course into a dunes course with wide fairways on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan.

Rooney was on a flight from Chicago to Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 2017 with a fallen service member aboard when the idea of Folds of Honors was hatched. All profits from American Dunes will be given to the Folds of Honor Foundation. To date, the foundation has provided $140 million toward 28,000 scholarships.

The logo for the course? A golden bear with stars and stripes.

TOP AMATEUR

Takumi Kanaya missed the cut by one shot at the U.S. Open and still goes home with a medal. The 22-year-old from Japan won the Mark H. McCormack Medal as the leading player in the world amateur golf ranking.

Kanaya has played so well this year that he’s also at No. 241 in the overall world ranking. In the last 12 months, he has won the Taiheiyo Masters on the Japan Golf Tour, tied for third in the Australian Open and tied for fifth in the Fujisankei Classic in Japan.

The U.S. Open was his third major, along with the Masters (tie for 58th) and a missed cut at Royal Portrush last year in the British Open.

“I am extremely happy and excited because receiving the McCormack Medal was the biggest goal that I have set in my amateur golf career,” Kanaya said.

His big goal is move high enough in the world ranking to have a chance at playing in the Olympics next summer in Tokyo.

DIVOTS

The KPMG Women's PGA Championship on Oct. 8-11 at Aronimink will not have spectators. Neither the LPGA Tour nor the PGA Tour, or the majors they play, have had fans this year. The only spectators in the U.S. have been on the PGA Tour Champions in South Dakota. ... Sam Horsfield of England, who played his college golf at Florida, is playing the PGA Tour event in the Dominican Republic on a sponsor exemption. Horsfield had to withdraw from the U.S. Open last week after a positive test result for the coronavirus. ... Xander Schauffele now has seven top-10 finishes in his 13 appearances in major championships.

STAT OF THE WEEK

Americans have won the U.S. Open six straight years, their longest streak since 12 in a row from 1982 through 1993.

FINAL WORD

“I'm going to keep pushing the boundaries.” — U.S. Open champion Bryson DeChambeau.

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