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Rep. Markey: Romney had to disclaim climate change to win nomination

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Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) said Thursday night that he was disappointed to see Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney disavow his belief in climate change.

As the governor of Massachusetts, Romney had worked to reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions. But at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Romney joked about the seriousness of climate change, lampooning President Barack Obama for promising to “heal the planet.”

“Mitt Romney, when he was governor of Massachusetts, he actually took state money and invested it in clean energy,” Markey said on Current TV. “When he was governor, he believed in climate change. He talked about it in his 2010 book, ‘No Apologies.’

“But talking to that Gov. Romney would be like talking to an empty chair,” Markey added. “You cannot have a conversation with him, because the precondition to winning the nomination as a Republican in 2012 is to disclaim any belief in climate change — and that’s a sad state of affairs for that party.”

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Mississippi fast food cashier ‘terminated immediately’ for ugly racist slur on customer’s receipt

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The owner of a fast food restaurant in Mississippi "terminated immediately" an employee after a racist and misogynistic slur of patrons.

When Lex Washington visited Who Dat's Drive-Thru in Oxford with her roommate, the cashier listed them on the receipt as "black b*tches in a silver car."

A manager reportedly refused to apologize at the time, and instead "laughed in her face."

A photo of the receipt then spread on social media.

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Dem lawmaker serves notice to Hope Hicks that Trump won’t be able to save her when he grills her during Wednesday’s hearing

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On Saturday, Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) gave MSNBC's Alex Witt a brief rundown of what he wants to learn from former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks at her closed-door testimony next week — and warned that if Hicks tries to use executive privilege as a shield, Democrats will not stand for it.

"Let's talk about Hope Hicks," said Witt. "What do you expect to hear from her that she has not already offered in testimony?"

"Here's what's important about Hope Hicks," said Deutch. "She was a key part of the Trump campaign, which is a large part of the report is focused on. She was a key part of the Trump Administration in the early days, and that's the reason that she's a prominent figure in the Mueller report."

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Furious Dem lawmaker blows up on Trump over his Iran war escalation: ‘What the hell did he think was going to happen?’

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On Saturday, Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), a 2020 candidate for president, told MSNBC's Alex Witt that the rapidly escalating tensions between the United States and Iran are President Donald Trump's fault — and explained how he would do things differently if he is elected.

"Before we get to the debate, I just want to ask you, if you were the president right now, how would you be addressing the situation with Iran?" asked Witt. "Do you think you would try to de-escalate the tensions and move forward in some fashion? Have you given some thought to that?"

"Of course you want to de-escalate it," said Ryan. "The war in the Middle East at this point, in addition to what's going on in Iraq and Syria and all of the other activity there, would be a disaster."

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