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Ex-Penn. governor blasts House GOP: ‘Those SOBs’ wouldn’t even table Amtrak cuts after fatal wreck

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Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell was visibly angry at House Republicans during an MSNBC interview on Wednesday, nearly cursing on-air about the GOP’s plan to cut $252 million in Amtrak funding hours after a train derailment that killed seven people and injured more than 50 others.

“Those SOBs, and that’s all I can call them, these SOBs didn’t even have the decency to table the vote,” Rendell told host Chris Hayes, who quickly responded by playing devil’s advocate.

“The policy is good, or it’s bad, OK?” Hayes asked. “So if I’m a Republican and I say, ‘Look, we’ve got these budget caps, I don’t think Amtrak should be getting this money, this horrible thing that happened doesn’t change the way I’m gonna vote.'”

Rendell, a Democrat, responded by calling the argument of budget caps “a baloney excuse,” saying lawmakers often break budget limits when it comes to defense spending.

“Their policy is terrible,” Rendell said of the GOP. “This country used to have the world’s best infrastructure.”

According to Rendell, the World Economic Forum ranked the US infrastructure as the best in the world in its inaugural Global Competitiveness Report in 2004. Two years later, the US dropped to 12th in that category, a position it retained in the group’s 2014-2015 report.

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That decline, he argued, had hurt not only the country’s economic competitiveness, but its public safety. A true effort to upgrade the national infrastructure, Rendell said, would create the kind of middle-class jobs many lawmakers say they want to boost.

“Their understanding of rail traffic is unbelievable,” Rendell told Hayes, citing an exchange with Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Shelby during his time as governor.

“Senator Shelby said, ‘You’re asking us to subsidize Amtrak,'” Rendell recalled. “I said, ‘Senator, there isn’t a rail system in the world that isn’t subsidized. What are these guys smoking?”

Hayes also showed footage of an argument between New York Rep. Steve Israel, a Democrat, and Republican Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson in which Simpson accused him of exploiting Tuesday’s fatal derailment.

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“You have no idea, no idea what caused the accident,” Simpson said, adding, “Don’t use this tragedy in that way, it was beneath you.”

Watch the interview, as aired on MSNBC, below.

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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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