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Maddow rips McConnell’s ‘nonsense’ idea to use stimulus on war

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MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow was all bubbling over on Wednesday about how after months of just being “the party of no,” the Republicans now have “an honest to goodness plan — a policy idea from the top Republican in the Senate.”

It seems that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has come up with a distinctively Republican idea on how to fund the troop increase in Afghanistan.

“We know the stimulus failed,” McConnell began confidently in a Tuesday afternoon press conference, pointing out that unemployment has continued to rise. “We’re looking for a way to fund several years of the war. I would suggest unexpended stimulus funds would be a good place to start.”

“It’s not clear who writes the senator’s stuff,” Maddow commented, “but it couldn’t be the folks at the Congressional Budget Office.” Just one day earlier, the CBO had issued a report estimating that the stimulus has saved between 600,000 and 1.6 million jobs and increased the gross domestic product by 1.2 to 3.2 percentage points.

“Mitch McConnell would like to cashier that, please, as a giant failure,” Maddow concluded, applauding ironically.

As noted by Firedoglake, as early as last July, McConnell was prepared to declare that “by any measurable index, the stimulus package has been a failure.” But it seems that the Republicans in Congress — being the thrifty folks that they are — are always willing to recycle a slightly used talking point.

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Internet destroys ‘opposite of a journalist’ Chuck Todd over his ‘vapid’ Trump interview

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While NBC might be happy with the ratings it got from a highly-touted interview with Donald Trump conducted by Meet The Press host Chuck Todd, the reviews of the NBC political director's performance were bad. Really bad.

Focusing on Todd's inability, or lack of desire, to push-back on any of the president's claims -- including particularly egregious claims Trump made about detaining immigrant children at the border that the president blamed on Barack Obama, -- one Twitter commenter called what Todd does for a living the "opposite" of journalism.

Particularly brutal was an assessment by NYU journalism professor Jay Rosen who tweeted: "Just watched @chucktodd 'interview' the president about kids and the border. I don't what that was. But it was not public discourse. Nothing to do with eliciting information, or accountability, or where do you stand? It was like feeding English sentences into a wood chipper."

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Rudy was the original Trump: How NYC in the ’90s shaped American history

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Running on a platform of overt racial division and culture-war politics — and aggressively demonizing the most vulnerable members of society — a white male Republican wins a hotly disputed election, in defiance of all conventional wisdom and a rapidly diversifying electorate. He replaces the first black man to hold the office, vowing to turn back to clock to an idealized past.

This article first appeared in Salon.

Once in office, the newly elected leader becomes a uniquely polarizing figure, viewed by some as a hero and savior and by others as a corrupt, racist villain. He thrives on media disputes with his enemies, attacks on freedom of speech, outrageous proposals that will never be enacted and grossly exaggerated claims about his accomplishments.

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WATCH: White man gets brutally shouted down for telling black kids they can’t play in their own yard

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A video which went viral over the weekend shows two white men arguing over what appears to be black children playing near their own homes.

"Keep on playing kids!" a white man, who was later identified as "Nick" can be heard shouting in a video posted by Twitter user @_SamuelLahn.

According to the tweet, a "racist neighbor" had demanded that the "mostly black" children cease playing between two apartment buildings.

"Y'all keep on playing!" Nick says. "I know every single one of y'all lives here. So, please, sir, step away if you don't live here."

"Let them go wherever the fuck they want if they live here!" Nick shouts back after the man disagrees with him. "Guess what? You only own your porch... from there on out, it's free play."

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