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Whoopi Goldberg mocks ‘dummy’ Lindsey Graham and GOP contenders: They all want to be action heroes

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Whoopi Goldberg lit into Republican presidential candidates on The View on Tuesday for their attempts to sound tough on foreign policy.

“The Republican candidates are kind of sounding more like action heroes,” Goldberg said. “Chris Christie wants to pump up the military. Marco Rubio says he will find and kill terrorists like Liam Neeson in Taken. You’re too short to be Liam Neeson, find somebody else.”

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Goldberg’s comment was a response to the Florida senator quoting from the film last week while addressing how he would fight terrorism during the South Carolina Freedom Summit.

However, she said, her “favorite” was South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, who said he would “call a drone” and kill anyone even thinking about joining groups like Islamic State or al Qaeda.

“Democrats and the media and Republicans alike appreciate Lindsey Graham, just because of this,” co-host Nicolle Wallace argued. “He speaks directly to people’s fear. No one is saying we shouldn’t be afraid. He’s a straight talker. He’s best friends with [Sen.] John McCain, and he has a lot of fans.”

Minority Report again?” panelist Rosie Perez countered. “If you think about it, you’re gonna get killed by a drone?”

Goldberg also rejected Wallace’s argument, saying Graham had no way of knowing how to make that call.

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“If people are communicating with ISIL, then shut off their thing,” she said. “Don’t bomb them, because what if there are other people in the building?

What if there are other people in the building?” she asked. “What if there are families in houses next door? Lindsey! Think about this, dummy.”

Watch the discussion, as aired on ABC on Tuesday, below.

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California bill to establish nation’s second public bank applauded as ‘historic challenge to Wall Street domination’

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"If California is serious about addressing racial and income inequities, we must create a banking system that centers people not profits."

In a move advocacy groups celebrated as a "historic challenge to Wall Street domination of municipal finances," a pair of California state lawmakers on Thursday unveiled legislation that would establish the nation's second publicly-owned bank and empower the institution to lend to businesses and local governments fighting to stay afloat amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

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What is China doing to stop Beijing’s new coronavirus outbreak?

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Over 1,000 flights have been cancelled, schools shut and residents urged not to leave Beijing, as Chinese authorities race to contain a fresh outbreak linked to the capital's largest wholesale food market.

The number of confirmed cases in the capital has shot up to 137 within the last week after two months of no cases, and four other provinces have revealed cases linked to the Beijing cluster.

How did the outbreak begin, and what measures are Beijing taking to contain it?

- What is the origin of the cluster? -

Beijing had turned into a virtual fortress at the height of the pandemic, with people arriving from other regions or countries required to undergo quarantines.

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Democrats and Never-Trumpers gaming out ‘doomsday scenarios’ if president refuses to leave office: report

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According to a report in the New York Times, Democratic strategists and Never-Trumper conservatives fear Donald Trump will refuse to leave office should he lose in November and are making plans and figuring out their legal options should such an unprecedented state of affairs come to pass.

The report, by the Times' Reid Epstein, begins with one such possible scenario.

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