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Lewis Black backs Bernie Sanders — and says Donald Trump’s candidacy is ‘already a punchline’

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While his long-standing alienation from presidential politics continues, comedian Lewis Black said, things have gotten to the point where he doesn’t have to “write funny” about the latest batch of conservative candidates.

“They’re going give me the stuff. They’re gonna hand it to me,” Black told the Daily Beast. “‘Donald Trump is running for president.’ That’s already a punchline. That’s the joke! The joke’s done!”

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At the same time, the self-identified Socialist said he could get behind Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, even though it was “a little upsetting” to him that Sanders, an independent, is campaigning for the Democratic Party nomination.

“I wish he’d just say, ‘F*ck em,'” Black said of Sanders. “But that’s the way of the world.”

Black also scoffed at what he called a fear of Socialism engulfing US politics, calling the idea “a form of dementia.”

“We have no party,” he said. “There’s like seven of us.” I’ve got no meetings to go to. So I’m excited. I’m mostly excited that [Sanders is] just stating stuff that needs to be reiterated that the [Democrats], basically, don’t reiterate. And it’s in terms of financial inequality.”

Black told the Daily Beast that he wished the US would just “extract” itself from Iraq, while also mocking GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham’s recent statement that, if elected president, he would fire military leaders who didn’t back his plan to send 10,000 more troops into the country.

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“As scared as I am of ISIS, I’m as scared of the people who think they know what to do,” the longtime Daily Show contributor said. “Lindsey Graham, the Joint Chiefs — I don’t think they know what to do anymore. Lindsey Graham, we’re gonna go over there? What? What are you gonna do, Lindsey?”


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New Zealand may postpone general election after 4 test positive for COVID-19: PM Jacinda Ardern

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New Zealand locked down nursing homes nationwide Wednesday after a 102-day streak without the coronavirus ended, as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the outbreak could force her to postpone next month's general election.

Ardern said authorities were scrambling to trace anyone who had been in contact with four Auckland residents who tested positive Tuesday, ending the dream run in which the virus had been contained at New Zealand's borders.

A three-day stay-at-home order for Auckland, New Zealand's biggest city with a population of 1.5 million, was announced on Tuesday night and went into force at lunchtime on Wednesday.

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Android phones to get ‘ShakeAlert’ earthquake warnings — and phones may double as tremor detectors

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Android phones will receive warnings triggered by a "ShakeAlert" earthquake early-warning system implemented on the West Coast by the US Geological Survey and partners.

ShakeAlert uses signals from hundreds of seismometers across the state to trigger warning messages that "an earthquake has begun and shaking is imminent," according to the system's website.

"We saw an opportunity to use Android to provide people with timely, helpful earthquake information when they search, as well as a few seconds warning to get themselves and their loved ones to safety if needed," principal software engineer Marc Stogaitis said in a blog post.

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‘Don’t talk about racism, racist’: Trump scorched after claiming Biden-Harris campaign has a ‘racism problem’

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President Donald Trump continued to lash out at Kamala Harris after the California Democrat was chosen to join the 2020 Democratic Party ticket as presumptive nominee Joe Biden's running mate.

At a news conference following the selection, Trump complained about Harris being "nasty."

After 10 p.m. on Monday, Trump tweeted out an attack ad claiming "Joe Biden has a racism problem."

Here's some of what people were saying about Trump's line of attack:

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