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Donald Trump kept book of Hitler speeches on his nightstand, ex-wife claims

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GOP presidential hopeful and real estate billionaire Donald Trump has been under scrutiny for his troubling views on race. Now, Business Insider has dug up a 1990 interview with his former wife, Ivana, in which she says Trump kept a book of Hitler speeches near his bed.

“Last April, perhaps in a surge of Czech nationalism, Ivana Trump told her lawyer Michael Kennedy that from time to time her husband reads a book of Hitler’s collected speeches, My New Order, which he keeps in a cabinet by his bed,” according to the 1990 story.

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Trump, who is of German ancestry, told Vanity Fair at the time that his friend, “who is Jewish” gave him the book. His friend confirmed that he did, but clarified that he is not in fact Jewish. Trump later tried to backpedal and say that if he had the speeches, he would never read them.

Trump announced his run for presidency with overtly racist descriptions of Mexican migrants as drug runners and rapists. He has discussed building a giant wall at the U.S.-Mexico border with a “big beautiful door” in it.

His racially-charged attacks on people aren’t new. In 1989, Trump took out full-page ads in four New York newspapers calling for reinstatement of the death penalty for the five young boys — four black and one Latino — who were convicted in the infamous Central Park jogger case.

The case took on racial overtones, with the boys called the “wolf pack” and accused of “wilding’ by authorities — a term invented to refer to running amok causing damage and harm.

The five accused were later cleared of all wrongdoing after serving their full sentences. Even then, Trump took to the New York Daily News in an op-ed slamming the city of New York for settling a lawsuit with them for $40 million.

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This week, Trump insulted Jorge Ramos, a Mexican-American journalist. Ramos tried to ask Trump a question about his vow to deport all 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. when Trump interrupted him, telling him to sit down and go back to Univision.


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Trump has committed 6 impeachable offenses: Harvard Law’s Laurence Tribe says ‘the evidence is all there’

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Constitutional law expert Laurence Tribe broke down the six impeachable offenses President Donald Trump has committed during a Thursday appearance on MSNBC's "The Last Word" with Lawrence O'Donnell.

Tribe has argued 36 cases before the United States Supreme Court and taught at Harvard Law for 50 years. He co-authored the 2018 book To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment with Joshua Matz.

"Everyone was in the loop, it was no secret. That was the testimony from Ambassador Gordon Sondland yesterday as he implicated the president, Secretary of State, White House chief of staff, and former National Security Advisor John Bolton and other administration officials in the plot to bribe the president of Ukraine to publicly launch an investigation into Joe Biden in exchange for U.S. military aid to Ukraine that was authorized by Congress and that the president was withholding," O'Donnell reported.

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Rachel Maddow breaks down how public opinion is catching up with the facts of Trump’s impeachment

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MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow on Thursday broke down how the details from the televised impeachment hearings are being reported in local newspapers.

The host read the headlines from multiple newspapers following the damning testimony by Ambassador Gordon Sondland.

The Los Angels Times headlined, "Sonland implicates president." "Envoy says Trump directed effort," was The Wall Street Journal headline.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch headlined, "'Everyone was in the loop. It was no secret': Defiant Sondland says he followed Trump's orders."

"Trump directed pressure on Ukraine, ambassador says," headlined The Kansas City Star.

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Shep Smith blasts autocrats in first public remarks since leaving Fox News — and donates $500,000 to protect journalists

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On Thursday, for the first time since exiting Fox News, reporter Shepard Smith gave public comments at the International Press Freedom Awards — and used the occasion to blast autocratic leaders who use their power to suppress journalism.

"Intimidation and vilification of the press is now a global phenomenon. We don’t have to look far for evidence of that,” said Smith. "Our belief a decade ago that the online revolution would liberate us now seems a bit premature, doesn’t it? Autocrats have learned how to use those same online tools to shore up their power. They flood the world of information with garbage and lies, masquerading as news. There’s a phrase for that."

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