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Congressman laughs at sheriff who thinks weed destroys black communities like crack and heroin

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A Wisconsin sheriff stunned a congressman on Tuesday by refusing to say that marijuana was less destructive to society than methamphetamine or cocaine.

During a House Judiciary hearing on police reform, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) briefly questioned Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke about his views on drugs.

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“You said that illegal drug use is the scourge of the black community and it is a problem and leads to a great deal of violent crime. Would you agree that marijuana possession is not the scourge of the black community and does not lead to violent crime the same way that meth, crack cocaine, and heroin do?” he asked the sheriff.

“No, I wouldn’t agree with that at all,” Clarke replied.

“Well, that’s interesting, and I wish I had more time to talk to you,” Cohen said. “Thank you for allowing me this opportunity.”

“It was such an obvious answer — I just never thought I’d get that answer,” he added with a laugh.

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Trump’s ‘mind-numbing’ lies are ‘getting worse’ — and even White House aides are ‘baffled’: Morning Joe

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough warned the situation inside the White House is "getting worse."

The "Morning Joe" host highlighted President Donald Trump's "abnormal" views on foreign policy in Wednesday's episode, and then walked through the president's frequent flip-flops and the mental gymnastics his supporters must perform to stay loyal -- and Politico reporter Jake Sherman said the situation was exhausting to cover.

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Trump dodges and gives an accidentally revealing answer when confronted on his anti-LGBT policies

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When President Donald Trump was asked Tuesday about whether he supports his administration's anti-LGBT policies — including a new rule that would make it easier for employers to discriminate — he gave what seemed to be an unintentionally revealing answer.

REPORTER: Mr POTUS, your administration has been taking steps to make it easier to discriminate against LGBT people in the workforce. Are you okay with that?

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‘Not only wrong but crazy’: MSNBC panelists recoil in horror from Trump’s ‘abnormal’ views on foreign policy

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President Donald Trump made a number of puzzling and bizarre statements Tuesday about U.S. foreign policy, and panelists on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" were aghast.

The president canceled a tip to Denmark after its prime minister refused to entertain his offer to buy Greenland, offered a stunningly vapid assessment of the situation in Kashmir, and reiterated his interest in seeing Russia rejoin the G7.

"You can really understand in retrospect why Gen. (James) Mattis just quit (as defense secretary)," said MSNBC analyst Mike Barnacle. "He had to leave. You cannot be surrounded by such abnormalities coming out of the mouth of the president of the United States on a consistent, daily, multiple-times-a-day basis. We cannot make it normal, but there's a new normalcy when you see the president multiple times a day saying things that are absolutely, not only wrong, but crazy."

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