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Ta-Nehisi Coates: ‘Racism is a physical experience’ in this country

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In a Tuesday night interview on MSNBC, author and Atlantic columnist Ta-Nehisi Coates said that for black people in the U.S., racism is a physical experience of fear and violence. He was promoting his new book, Between the World and Me.

“Racism is a physical experience,” said Coates. “That can’t be lost. I think there’s a tradition — and probably a necessary tradition — in African-American thinking and African-American theology certainly of speaking of the body as a thing that’s somehow taken and the soul triumphing or the mind triumphing.”

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“My experience in this country as an African-American, my reading in history and, certainly, the way I was brought up and my own beliefs about the world kind of run contrary to that,” he explained to Chris Hayes.

“The soul is part of the body,” he said. “The mind is part of the body.”

“So when folks do physical violence to black people, to black bodies, in this country, the soul as we construe it is damaged, too,” Coates said. “The mind is damaged, too.”

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Trump is terrified that Russian interference is ‘undercutting his legitimacy’: ex-DNI lawyer

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On Thursday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," Robert Litt, the former general counsel to the Director of National Intelligence, cut to the heart of President Donald Trump's fury over the ongoing reports Russia is planning to intervene to rig the presidential election in his favor.

"Why do you think he refuses to accept the intelligence, and now, by his behavior and this coincidence that is not a coincidence, seems to be having the same reaction again?" asked host Erin Burnett.

"Well, I don't want to go into psychoanalyzing the president, but it's pretty clear that he views the possibility that the Russians attempted to influence the election on his behalf is undercutting his legitimacy in some respect," said Litt. "He's working backwards from that conclusion to talk about the facts ... this has been a consistent pattern all along of denial of what the intelligence community is finding."

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WATCH LIVE: Donald Trump holds 2020 reelection rally in Colorado Springs

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Donald Trump was late to take the stage at a campaign rally in Colorado Springs after a bombshell report that Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin was one of the president's 2020 supporters.

Trump was scheduled to begin speaking at 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time at the Broadmoor World Arena, which has a capacity of 8,000. Trump took the stage 25 minutes later.

The rally is seen as a thank you for Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO), who voted to acquit the commander-in-chief following the Senate impeachment trial.

Garner is facing a tough re-election in 2020 in a state that has been trending Democratic.

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‘That’s a bombshell, that’s an earthquake’: NBC reporter sounds the alarm on Russia’s latest efforts for Trump

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The New York Times broke the story Thursday that Russia is supporting President Donald Trump and is already hacking the 2016 election to help his reelection.

It was something NBC reporter Ken Delanian called a "bombshell."

"It is the worst nightmare of many of my sources in the intelligence world," he said. "It's bad enough to learn that there is classified intelligence that Russia is interfering again and trying to elect Donald Trump. We should be careful about that because it is not clear what it means. Does it mean disinformation on social media, does it mean intercepts that suggest people in the Kremlin are discussing the campaign? That is bad enough, but then the notion that because a briefing of that information was delivered to a bipartisan group of lawmakers, that cost Joe Maguire the job? That is a bombshell."

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