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Rachel Maddow calls out media still booking ‘yahoos’ so wrong about Iraq the last time

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MSNBC host Rachel Maddow blasted some of her media colleagues on Tuesday for falling back on cheerleaders of the 2003 attack on Iraq for analysis of the latest crisis in the country.

“Hey Sunday shows, hey op-ed pages, hey cable news, hey everybody,” Maddow said. “We know you are tempted to keep booking these yahoos on these subjects. But if you keep turning to the people who were famously wrong about Iraq to ask them about to do about Iraq, you at least will be laughed at. And you will be embarrassed that you did this. And you will eventually have to apologize or at least explain yourself for why you thought Bill Kristol should be explaining what to do now. We can see what you’re doing. And it’s funny, but not in a good way.”

Maddow expressed particular frustration that Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) was still a popular talk show guest regarding various issues, including his views on Guantanamo Bay.

“John McCain isn’t even an authority on John McCain’s own position on Guantanamo,” Maddow said. “The reason John McCain has been ubiquitous in the news media for the past week is because he is also supposedly the Republican Party’s greatest expert on Iraq. And specifically on war in Iraq.”

And on that issue, she said, McCain has been consistently wrong, whether it was on the alleged threat of Saddam Hussein having biological weapons, his estimates of how long the war would last, or his belief that Iraq’s Sunnis and Shias would be willing to co-exist in peace after the U.S. left the area.

“Because John McCain was so wrong about Iraq, it is frustrating to see him everywhere, right?” Maddow said. “On the Sunday shows, on the cable news shows, in the paper with reporters following him around the Capitol now, as if his previous abject and consequentially terrible failures on this exact subject somehow make him worthy of listening to about that exact same subject right now.”

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Meghan McCain explodes after declaring herself a ‘sacrificial Republican’ — and shocks audience with slur against Joy Behar

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Whoopi Goldberg had to cool off a heated argument on "The View" between Joy Behar and Meghan McCain, who complained about being the show's "sacrificial Republican."

McCain mocked Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) for appearing at President Donald Trump's campaign rally in Orlando, where the president belittled him from the stage.

"The transformation is complete," McCain said. "That's what I thought last night, the transformation is complete."

She then warned the other panelists not to overlook the crowd enthusiasm for Trump, and she recalled a conversation with a producer who couldn't understand why the president's supporters loved him so much.

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Reparations hearing erupts in applause after Ta-Nehisi Coates gives McConnell an epic lesson on racism

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Author Ta-Nehisi Coates on Wednesday delivered an epic smack down of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on reparations for slavery.

In Coates's opening remarks, he responded directly to McConnell's claim that the government should not pay out reparations to black Americans because slavery ended more than 150 years ago.

Coates pointed out that the United States was still paying out pensions to the families of Civil War soldiers "well into this century" and he said that the government still honors treaties it signed even though no one who signed them is still alive today.

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WATCH: Trump supporter arrested for smacking reporter’s phone outside Orlando rally

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A Trump supporter was arrested during an altercation with a reporter and another man outside the president's Orlando campaign rally.

Video recorded by an Orlando Sentinel reporter shows a man wearing a red "Make America Great Again" hat and another man outside the Amway Center, where President Donald Trump officially kicked off his 2020 campaign.

The two men appear to be arguing with one another, although the second man also appears to be angry about something that took place inside the arena, when the man wearing the Trump hat notices the reporter recording them with a phone.

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