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Tricia Rose: ‘Gangster’ GOP influenced Rubio’s hip-hop picks



Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-FL) choices for his favorite hip-hop tracks shouldn’t come as a surprise, Current TV contributor Tricia Rose said Tuesday; after all, his party helped create them.

In the same interview where he told GQ Magazine, “I’m not a scientist, man,” statement, the budding Republican presidential candidate said his three favorite songs in the genre were “Lose Yourself” by Eminem, “Straight Outta Compton” by N.W.A. and the Tupac song, “Illuminati.”

But Rose, author of the critically-acclaimed 2008 analysis The Hip Hop Wars, said the shootouts depicted in the N.W.A. and Tupac tracks were especially plausible in communities affected by GOP ideology.

“Inner city crisis is the product of 40 years of Republican war on drugs, reduction in housing, creating unemployment,” Rose said on The Young Turks.

Taken together, “Straight Outta Compton” and “Killuminati,” Rose charged, sum up Republican policy.

“First off, gangster. Who’s more gangster than the Republican party?” she asked, describing its philosophy as “jack it, take it, it’s all mine, the whole thing, upward mobility from the beginning.”


Watch Rose explain her connection between rap and Republicans, as aired on Current TV Tuesday, below.

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Lawrence O’Donnell throttles Donny Deutsch for saying Elizabeth Warren can’t beat Trump: ‘This is pure guesswork’



Lawrence O'Donnell and Donny Deutsch had quite the exchange in the post-debate conversation on MSNBC Wednesday.

Deutsch tried to say that Sen. Elizabeth Warren's outstanding debate performance doesn't matter because Warren can't win in a match-up against President Donald Trump.

"I do not believe Elizabeth Warren, on stage with Donald Trump, beats him," he told the MSNBC panel. "And I think if we're honest with ourselves and we look hard at ourselves, I think a lot of people agree with me. It's — and I also think when you can label somebody a socialist, 57 percent of this country thinks that word is un-American. I'm not saying it's fair. When he can blanket Elizabeth Warren as a socialist, and he's on stage with her, the Democrats lose."

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‘He clocked Beto’: Van Jones says ‘Castro came out of nowhere’ to dominate the first Democratic debate



CNN host Van Jones asserted on Wednesday that former Transporation Secretary Julián Castro was the breakout star of the first Democratic presidential debate.

"I was super proud to be a Democrat," Jones said following the debate. "I thought they all did better than Trump."

The CNN host went on to call Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) a "college professor" compared to the other candidates, who he said were more like "graduate students."

"She is able to go back and forth between policy and the human thing," Jones marveled before moving on to praise Castro.

"It was Castro that came out of nowhere!" Jones exclaimed. "Nobody was talking about Castro. He did the Texas takedown, turned around, clocked Beto [O'Rourke]. I mean, you never saw it coming."

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Dem debate audience goes wild over Elizabeth Warren’s plan to ‘deal with’ Mitch McConnell



Sen. Elizebeth Warren (D-MA) revealed at Wednesday's Democratic presidential debate that she has a plan to "deal with" obstruction from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) if she becomes president.

At the first Democratic debate of the 2020 election cycle, host Chuck Todd asked Warren about what he called "the Mitch McConnell thing."

"You have a lot of ambitious plans," Todd said. "Do you have a plan to deal with Mitch McConnell? If you don’t beat him in the Senate and he is still the Senate majority leader, it’s plausible you can be president with a Republican Senate."

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