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Bill Maher slams cops who shot man running away: ‘Something has to change’

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Real Time host Bill Maher denounced police in Pasco, Washington on Friday for their fatal shooting of a man running away from them.

“Tell me why that is not cowardly. Why is that not cowardly?” Maher said. “Yeah, throwing rocks — not a cool thing. But then he’s running away. Even if he was throwing rocks at the time, really? You’ve gotta shoot him?”

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Authorities said 35-year-old Antonio Zambrano-Montes was throwing rocks at the officers before being shot and killed. The incident was caught on video and, according to USA Today, has spurred not only local protests but criticism from the Mexican government.

“That is just straight-up shooting a guy in the street like a dog,” Maher said. “We keep saying most cops are good, and I believe that; I’ve known a lot of good cops. But there is something systemic wrong here.”

Author Baratunde Thurston told Maher that, just as he and other observers insist that moderate Muslims should denounce terrorism committed by extremists claiming to follow Islam, more officers should speak out against excessive use of force by their colleagues.

“To take that analogy a bit further, how much bad sh*t has to happen before people admit it’s something systemic in the culture?” Maher responded. “The police culture needs a Page One rewrite. I don’t know if it’s retraining, rethinking, releadership. But something has to change where they think they can get away with doing it.”

Economist Editor-In-Chief Zanny Minton Beddoes argued to Maher that the conversation regarding police use of guns had to extend beyond police departments themselves.

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“You need to have the conversation about race, and you need to have the conversation about police work, but you also need to have the conversation about guns,” she explained. “Because the two together are what make this so difficult.”

“Spoken like a true UK resident, where the ‘bobbies’ don’t carry guns in urban areas,” Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA) told her.

“I submit it’s a nicer place, in that sense,” Minton Beddoes countered.

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Watch the discussion, as posted online on Friday, below.

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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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‘Gaze adoringly at you’: Internet mocks Trump’s claim coronavirus leader Mike Pence has ‘nothing else to do’

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The internet exploded in laughter on Thursday after President Donald Trump said he put Vice President Mike Pence in charge of the coronavirus because he had "nothing else to do."

The New York Times reported that the president made the remarks on Wednesday before naming Pence as the point man on the virus.

Wait, I thought he was a businessman and didn't like people around with nothing to do (hence fired the CDC epidemic response team) - seems like he should have fired Pence a long time ago?

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Republican Steve Scalise bashes Dems for wanting to take away the healthcare that saved him — but it’s government funded

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Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) survived a mass shooting attack during the Congressional baseball game in 2017 and he bragged about having the best healthcare in the world that saved his life during his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

"I would not be here today without the greatest health care system on the face of the planet. I'm surely not going to let them take that away from you," he claimed.

The problem with Scalise's comments, however, is that the healthcare he touts as amazing and that the "government is taking control" of is actually government-sponsored healthcare.

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