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Stephen Colbert slams Breitbart for standing by its lies about Obama’s AG nominee

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On last night’s episode of The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert attacked conservative media outlet Breitbart’s handling of an article in which it incorrectly identified Barack Obama’s nominee for Attorney General as a lawyer who had defended the Clintons during Whitewater.

“This weekend,” Colbert began, “he named his choice to succeed Attorney General Eric Holder — US Attorney Loretta Lynch.”

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He then cut to a clip of Lynch at a press conference, where she said, “I wake up every morning with protecting the American people as my first thought.”

“Her first waking thought is protecting the American people?” Colbert replied. “Apparently she’s got better things to do while she’s asleep. I’m sorry, I guess she’s too busy riding a unicorn to a test she’s late for — naked.”

“Folks,” he continued, “the fact is that Lynch just isn’t qualified for the job. I read all about it over the weekend when Breitbart journalist, and Wilford Brimley-tribute head, Warner Todd Huston blew the lid off the scandal that Lynch was ‘part of Bill Clinton’s Whitewater probe defense team in 1992.'”

“Kids, if you’re too young to remember, Whitewater was the Benghazi of Arkansas real estate deals.”

“This bombshell destroys Loretta Lynch’s credibility to be Attorney General,” Colbert added, “if it were true. But it turns out, [Huston] had the wrong Loretta Lynch.”

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“This is a picture of Loretta Lynch, Attorney General-nominee,” he said, pointing to an image of a dignified black woman. “And this is the one who defended Clinton during Whitewater,” he said, pointing to an image of a white woman with a 1990s haircut.

“There’s just no way to tell these two women apart!”

But as soon as Huston “noticed the mistake,” Colbert said, “Breitbart issued a correction by leaving up the exact same headline and adding the word, ‘corrected.’ From there, it’s the exact same article about how Obama’s Loretta Lynch defended the Clintons, until you get to the very bottom of the article, where it reads, ‘Correction: the Loretta Lynch identified earlier as the Whitewater attorney was, in fact, a different attorney.'”

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“So I’m giving a tip of my hat to Breitbart for breaking this news, finding out it was broken, but sticking with the story anyway.”

“Because,” he added, “no matter who she actually is, I don’t think a coal miner’s daughter has any place as attorney general,” referring to country singer Loretta Lynn. “Plus, why isn’t anyone talking about the time she stole Christmas?”

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“So I salute Breitbart for not taking down a headline you know is false. You are ‘Craven Political Hatchet Men.'”

“Oh, they eventually took it down? My apologies,” he concluded. “They are ‘Craven Political Hatchet Men (Corrected).'”

Watch the entire segment on Breitbart via Colbert Nation below.

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‘People’s lives will be lost’: Psychiatrist warns ‘sociopath’ Trump is ‘getting worse’ — and failing in coronavirus response

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President Donald Trump's psychological problems are getting worse and could be consequential as America faces a potential COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell on Thursday interviewed Dr. Lance Dodes, a former assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

"As you pointed out, Lawrence, this man is about himself. He really is not about the country, he's not about public health," Dr. Dodes said of Trump.

"Although he has already severely damaged the country by being a psychopath or sociopath -- in many ways, he's damaged democracy -- I think people's lives will be lost now," he warned. "Individual lives will be lost because of the way he's mishandling the coronavirus issue."

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On Thursday's edition of MSNBC's "The Beat," Trump biographer and "Art of the Deal" co-author Tony Schwartz laid out the president's state of mind over the coronavirus crisis.

"Let's understand Trump," said Schwartz. "Trump is the chief energy officer of this land. So, in other words, his energy has a disproportionate impact on all our energy. And he already raised the anxiety of people over the last four years considerably. He'll exploit fear if he thinks that serves him, or deny fear if he thinks that serves him."

"That's an important point," said host Ari Melber. "You're arguing, as someone who worked with him, that while we just heard about a public interest approach, you're saying you don't see him using public interest?"

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Markets are ‘getting ready for something worse’ amid coronavirus chaos: Expert

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On Thursday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," business analyst Richard Quest said that the United States is not likely on track for a recession at the moment — but that if the coronavirus outbreak explodes within the country, it could destabilize the economy into a tailspin.

"The 1,190-point drop today, the largest in the history of the New York Stock Exchange," said anchor Wolf Blitzer. "Over the past week, the Dow Jones has dropped 3,581 points since last Thursday alone ... could the U.S. economy now go into recession if the coronavirus spreads here in the United States?"

"Right, the qualifications of that is the last bit of your question: If it spreads in the United States," said Quest. "At the moment, there's no reputable economist that is forecasting a global recession or a U.S. recession if the status quo is maintained, i.e., periodic expansions of this with just a few more cases. However, if there was a full-scale outbreak and you start looking at large parts of the U.S. economy being shut down, no question about it. A recession would be on the cards."

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