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Scott Brown sympathizes with Austin bomber: ‘No one likes paying taxes, obviously’

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When does it become somewhat understandable to want to fly planes into buildings?

Appearing on Fox News, newly-minted Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) showed notable sympathy and scant outrage for Joseph Stack, who crashed his airplane into an IRS building Thursday in an apparent suicide bombing Thursday.

“You don’t know anything about the individual,” Brown said. “He could have had other issues. Certainly, no one likes paying taxes, obviously.”

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Stack’s writings strongly suggest he was motivated by anti-government outrage as he had written fuming anti-tax, anti-IRS, and anti-health care reform screeds in internet message postings.

He even wrote what appears to be a politically charged suicide note dated the day of the bombing and signed “Joe Stack (1956-2010).” It contained the words, “Well Mr. Big Brother IRS man… take my pound of flesh and sleep well” and was obtained by Talking Points Memo.

Fox News’ Neil Cavuto called it “crazy stuff” and asked Brown for his reaction. Brown echoed talking points put forth surrounding his election to a previously Democratic Senate seat in Massachusetts.

“People are frustrated,” Brown said of Stack’s seeming rationale. “They want transparency, they want their elected officials to be accountable and open and talk about the things that are affecting their daily lives.”

Retired police officer Lou Palumbo clearly indicated it was an act of terrorism. “If this individual had done this in Iraq, we’d be calling him a suicide bomber,” he said Thursday on CNN.

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Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), who represents the district where the incident occurred, agreed. He called it an act of “domestic terrorism.”

Noting that several Fox News hosts — including Megyn Kelly and Greg Jarrett — implied it was not an act of terrorism, David Neiwert of Crooks and Liars was flabbergasted.

“Huh? Since when is attempting to blow up a federal building NOT an act of domestic terrorism?” he said.

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Trying to put Stack’s anger in context, Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart wrote, “I am struck by how his alienation is similar to that we’re hearing from the extreme elements of the Tea Party movement.”

This video is from Fox News, uploaded Feb. 18 by Think Progress.

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Trump can’t attack Kamala Harris without contradicting his own message: Bakari Sellers

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On Tuesday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," former South Carolina lawmaker Bakari Sellers broke down why Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) poses such a challenge for President Donald Trump.

"What we're seeing with the two parties is the narrow focus is going to be on the fact that Donald Trump and the Trump campaign have no way, and they do not know how to deal, with Kamala Harris," said Sellers. "It very difficult to say 'Kamala is a cop' and be a 'law and order president.' Those two things simply do not mesh. Not only ahistorical and inaccurate, but the messages, they collide."

"But second, it shows that the Republican Party and Democratic Party are going in two vastly different directions," continued Sellers. "The country is becoming more diverse, the country is becoming more brown. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris represent the demographics of what the country will be, and Donald Trump and Steven Miller and Mike Pence represent a day that's passed. So what I would say tonight is while Donald Trump and Mike Pence want to cheer on the Confederacy, we're trying to re-imagine what this country will look like. It goes back to a time where Americans can feel good about being first and about thinking about what our country can be: full of hope and faith."

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WATCH: Tucker Carlson flips out after guest teaches him how to pronounce ‘Kamala Harris’

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Fox News personality Tucker Carlson repeated mispronounced the first name of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), who is Joe Biden's running mate.

"On Fox, Tucker Carlson keeps calling her KAM-uh-luh, which is not how it's pronounced," Washington Post reporter Dave Weigel noted.

He linked to a tweet with a picture of Harris explaining in her memoir how to pronounce her name.

Harris wrote, "my name is pronounced 'comma-la' like the punctuation mark. It means 'lotus flower,' which is a symbol of significance in Indian culture. A lotus grows underwater, its flower rising above the surface while its roots are planted firmly in the river bottom."

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Bishop falsely claims Joe Biden is not a Catholic — and it doesn’t go well for him

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On Tuesday, Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, Rhode Island attacked former Vice President Joe Biden's faith, claiming that he is not really a Catholic.

Biden-Harris. First time in awhile that the Democratic ticket hasn’t had a Catholic on it. Sad.

— Bishop Thomas Tobin (@ThomasJTobin1) August 11, 2020

Biden is a lifelong, practicing Catholic, and he was also on the 2012 ticket, so Tobin's claim doesn't make any sense. But Tobin is an extreme right-wing firebrand with a history of politicizing the church — in 2007 he denied communion to former Rep. Patrick Kennedy for his pro-choice views, and in 2019 he called Gay Pride events "harmful for children" and demanded Catholics not attend them.

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