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Young Turks’ Cenk Uygur blasts Jeb Bush: ‘Your family helped with the greatest robbery in history!’

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On Thursday, Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks TV tore into former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R)’s contention to the editorial board of the Manchester, NH Union-Leader newspaper that the key to rescuing the American economy is for workers to put in “longer hours.”

“(W)e have to be a lot more productive, workforce participation has to rise from its all-time modern lows. It means that people need to work longer hours,” Bush said.

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“He’s incorrect on so many different levels,” Uygur said.

Half of U.S. full time workers reported working more than 40 hours per week on average in 2014, explained Uygur.

“So it’s not like we’re not working enough,” he said. “Half of us are working more than 40 hours.”

In fact, U.S. employees work longer hours and take fewer vacations than workers in any other industrialized nation.

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The worst thing about these statements from Bush, though, Uygur said, is that the former governor comes from an extremely privileged background, so what does he know about the fortitude and determination of the average U.S. worker?

“This is Jeb Bush, who’s been handed everything on a silver platter because of his name,” Uygur said, so the candidate can “spare me about how we need to work harder.”

He went on to point out that worker productivity in the U.S. has risen steadily since 1950 in a line that rises all the way to the present. Wages, however, stopped tracking alongside the productivity line around 1978 to 1980.

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“Oh, by the way, who was the vice president in 1980?” Uygur asked. “Oh, right, George H. W. Bush.”

At that point in history, wages “flatlined,” said Uygur, and they’ve stayed there, “because Republican policy positions, because of the onslaught of money in politics changed so that the people at the top, the CEOs got to take all that money home.”

“They did an unbelievable redistribution of wealth,” he explained.

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To Jeb Bush, he said, “Your family helped with the greatest robbery in history!”

But the candidate is telling the American people that they just don’t work hard enough.

Watch the video, embedded below:

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An East Rochester man sprayed a black teenager with a hose during a confrontation that was captured on video.

The man, whose name has not been released, claimed to be a Ku Klux Klan member during an argument with some black and white teenagers outside his home, and he sprayed one 14-year-old boy as he walked away from the white man, reported WROC-TV.

"You shouldn't be f*cking with the Klan," the man says, and walks toward his yard, where he grabs the hose and hurls a racial slur at the boy.

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Two Florida parents are fighting this week to regain custody of their 4-year-old son who was taken away from them after they tried to treat his leukemia with a combination of tea and a "positive state of mind."

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Prince Andrew’s fate in potential Epstein lawsuit entirely in the hands of Donald Trump

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MSNBC legal analyst Danny Cevallos said President Donald Trump has a unique ability to tip the scales in one possible legal case related to sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein.

The "Morning Joe" contributor was discussing the latest developments in the case, after Epstein's death earlier this month in jail -- two days after signing a new will.

"You can't hold the attorneys liable because someone wants to prepare a will," Cevallos said, "but remember, they fought to take him off suicide watch and they had to say he's not a suicide risk. otherwise, they would have kept him on suicide watch."

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