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Tavis Smiley on Morning Joe: Bush ‘lied’ us into Iraq

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In an explosive segment on MSNBC’s Morning Joe Monday morning, PBS host Tavis Smiley said that he believes the Bush administration “lied” the United States into war in Iraq.

During a contentious debate with host Joe Scarborough, Smiley posed the question, “You’re saying thanks to President Bush for what exactly?”

“Doing what President Obama is doing,” Scarborough replied. “Doing everything he believes in his heart that keeps you and me and my family safe.”

After Scarborough went on to comment on the difficulties of a president’s job and his desire to see both sides of the political spectrum say “Thank you President Obama, thank you President Bush,” Smiley responded.

“The reality is though, that one of these guys lied to the American people,” Smiley said. “And when I say he, I mean his administration lied. When you want to talk about the security of this country Joe, you cannot disconnect that. He got us in a war that is now the longest running war in this country because his administration said Joe, ‘Lie to the American people.’ They did not give us the proper information, we never did find a weapon of mass destruction.”

When fellow PBS host Jon Meacham said it wasn’t a lie about weapons of mass destruction and challenged Smiley, he backtracked a little.

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“Do you believe George W. Bush intentionally misled the American people in the case of war?” asked Meacham.

“I did not,” replied Smiley.

“You said lie, you said lie,” Scarborough yelled. “Don’t back off, speak to your truth Travis, speak to your truth.”

“I’m speaking to my truth,” Smiley replied. “There’s a distinction that could be made to misleading people for the purpose of what you want to accomplish and everything you think was right. They were trying to accomplish a goal and Dick Cheney and everybody else in that administration knew exactly what they were trying to accomplish. The American people were misled, call it a lie, call it misled, we went a long way there on faulty information.”

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Meacham followed up with Smiley later in the broadcast, after which Smiley refused to assign blame to specific individuals in the Administration.

“To say someone lied adds a corrosive element to the public dialogue that we just don’t need,” Meachem said.

Smiley isn’t the only media figure to heavily criticize Bush. New York Times columnist Paul Krugman labeled the 43rd President a “fake hero of 9/11” on his blog Sunday.

WATCH: Video from MSNBC, which appeared on September 12, 2011.

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Walmart got a $2.2 billion tax cut — now it’s laying off workers

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Walmart announced it will lay off hundreds of workers in North Carolina despite receiving billions in tax cuts that the Republican Party and President Trump claimed would spur job growth.

The giant retailer will lay off about 570 employees and close its corporate office near the Charlotte airport, despite signing a 12-year lease just four years earlier, the Charlotte Business Journal reported.

The work done at the Charlotte facility will be outsourced to a firm in Arkansas, according to the report.

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Amazon, Google and Facebook warrant antitrust scrutiny for many reasons – not just because they’re large

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There’s a growing chorus of U.S. politicians, antitrust scholars and consumer watchdogs calling for stricter antitrust treatment of Amazon, Google, Facebook and other tech giants. Some even say they should be broken up.

Most recently, U.S. lawmakers launched a sweeping review to determine if these companies have become so big and powerful that they are stifling competition and harming consumers, while federal regulators are also gearing up to take action.

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Hacker used $35 computer to steal restricted NASA data

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A hacker used a tiny Raspberry Pi computer to infiltrate NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory network, stealing sensitive data and forcing the temporary disconnection of space-flight systems, the agency has revealed.

The April 2018 attack went undetected for nearly a year, according to an audit report issued on June 18, and an investigation is still underway to find the culprit.

A Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized device sold for about $35 that plugs into home televisions and is used mainly to teach coding to children and promote computing in developing countries.

Prior to detection, the attacker was able to exfiltrate 23 files amounting to approximately 500 megabytes of data, the report from NASA's Office of inspector General said.

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Tavis Smiley on Morning Joe: Bush ‘lied’ us into Iraq

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In an explosive segment on MSNBC’s Morning Joe Monday morning, PBS host Tavis Smiley said that he believes the Bush administration “lied” the United States into war in Iraq.

During a contentious debate with host Joe Scarborough, Smiley posed the question, “You’re saying thanks to President Bush for what exactly?”

“Doing what President Obama is doing,” Scarborough replied. “Doing everything he believes in his heart that keeps you and me and my family safe.”

After Scarborough went on to comment on the difficulties of a president’s job and his desire to see both sides of the political spectrum say “Thank you President Obama, thank you President Bush,” Smiley responded.

“The reality is though, that one of these guys lied to the American people,” Smiley said. “And when I say he, I mean his administration lied. When you want to talk about the security of this country Joe, you cannot disconnect that. He got us in a war that is now the longest running war in this country because his administration said Joe, ‘Lie to the American people.’ They did not give us the proper information, we never did find a weapon of mass destruction.”

When fellow PBS host Jon Meacham said it wasn’t a lie about weapons of mass destruction and challenged Smiley, he backtracked a little.

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“Do you believe George W. Bush intentionally misled the American people in the case of war?” asked Meacham.

“I did not,” replied Smiley.

“You said lie, you said lie,” Scarborough yelled. “Don’t back off, speak to your truth Travis, speak to your truth.”

“I’m speaking to my truth,” Smiley replied. “There’s a distinction that could be made to misleading people for the purpose of what you want to accomplish and everything you think was right. They were trying to accomplish a goal and Dick Cheney and everybody else in that administration knew exactly what they were trying to accomplish. The American people were misled, call it a lie, call it misled, we went a long way there on faulty information.”

ADVERTISEMENT

Meacham followed up with Smiley later in the broadcast, after which Smiley refused to assign blame to specific individuals in the Administration.

“To say someone lied adds a corrosive element to the public dialogue that we just don’t need,” Meachem said.

Smiley isn’t the only media figure to heavily criticize Bush. New York Times columnist Paul Krugman labeled the 43rd President a “fake hero of 9/11” on his blog Sunday.

WATCH: Video from MSNBC, which appeared on September 12, 2011.

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Walmart got a $2.2 billion tax cut — now it’s laying off workers

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Walmart announced it will lay off hundreds of workers in North Carolina despite receiving billions in tax cuts that the Republican Party and President Trump claimed would spur job growth.

The giant retailer will lay off about 570 employees and close its corporate office near the Charlotte airport, despite signing a 12-year lease just four years earlier, the Charlotte Business Journal reported.

The work done at the Charlotte facility will be outsourced to a firm in Arkansas, according to the report.

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Amazon, Google and Facebook warrant antitrust scrutiny for many reasons – not just because they’re large

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There’s a growing chorus of U.S. politicians, antitrust scholars and consumer watchdogs calling for stricter antitrust treatment of Amazon, Google, Facebook and other tech giants. Some even say they should be broken up.

Most recently, U.S. lawmakers launched a sweeping review to determine if these companies have become so big and powerful that they are stifling competition and harming consumers, while federal regulators are also gearing up to take action.

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Hacker used $35 computer to steal restricted NASA data

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A hacker used a tiny Raspberry Pi computer to infiltrate NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory network, stealing sensitive data and forcing the temporary disconnection of space-flight systems, the agency has revealed.

The April 2018 attack went undetected for nearly a year, according to an audit report issued on June 18, and an investigation is still underway to find the culprit.

A Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized device sold for about $35 that plugs into home televisions and is used mainly to teach coding to children and promote computing in developing countries.

Prior to detection, the attacker was able to exfiltrate 23 files amounting to approximately 500 megabytes of data, the report from NASA's Office of inspector General said.

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