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Sam Harris defends profiling Muslims: Jerry Seinfeld shouldn’t be treated like someone resembling bin Laden

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Neuroscientist and outspoken atheist Sam Harris defended his support for profiling Muslims at airports in an interview with Ora.tv host Dave Rubin, saying it was a question of authorities being honest about looking for “suicidal jihadists.”

“WWe’re not looking for 80-year-old women from Okinawa. We’re not looking for little girls from Norway,” Harris said. “If Jerry Seinfeld’s going to the airport, [and] he gets the same search that someone who looks like Osama bin Laden does, that’s a crazy misuse of resources.”

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Harris, who attracted national attention last year after clashing with actor Ben Affleck on HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher, first introduced his argument in a 2012 blog post, writing:

Needless to say, a devout Muslim should be free to show up at the airport dressed like Osama bin Laden, and his wives should be free to wear burqas. But if their goal is simply to travel safely and efficiently, wouldn’t they, too, want a system that notices people like themselves? At a minimum, wouldn’t they want a system that anti-profiles—applying the minimum of attention to people who obviously pose no threat?

While stating that he would fall under the definition of people who should be profiled under this scenario, Harris insisted that not every one deserves equal scrutiny by airport security.

“When you see a famous celebrity go through security treated as though he just may have become a jihadist when no one is walking, it’s crazy. It is security theater,” he said. “And there are many people who, though not famous, are every bit as unlikely to be members of al Qaeda as prominent people — Betty White.”

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“I would not be happy about that,” Rubin responded.

Watch the discussion, as aired on Ora.tv, below.

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While talking with veterans on Wednesday, President Donald Trump vowed that he would not politicize the event by reciting his 2020 campaign slogan -- and then did it anyway just seconds later.

While addressing the American Veterans National Convention in Louisville, Kentucky, the president made light of the fact that he was not supposed to be using his speech to promote his reelection campaign and was only there to talk about his administration's work on behalf of veterans.

"In all things, we are putting our country first," the president said. "We are saying, let’s say 'Make America great again,' but we are almost there, 'Make America great again.' We may have to switch it. You know what we’re going to switch it to? Huh? Yeah? That is right. I will not say it here, because this is not a campaign speech."

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Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson on Wednesday reacted to President Donald Trump's assertion that he is "the chosen one."

Trump made the remarks while taking questions on the White House lawn on Wednesday. The president suggested that he is "the chosen one" to take on China because he was elected by the American people.

Robinson suggested that Trump had undermined his own negotiating position.

"You get to the point where he looks at the sky and says I'm the chosen one," Robinson said following Trump's remarks. "You get to that point and you cannot -- I don't see how any responsible leader could say this is a guy I could count on."

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President Donald Trump's accusation that American Jews who vote for Democrats are somehow "disloyal" earned him a furious denunciation on CNN Wednesday from Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt.

During an interview with CNN's Jim Sciutto, Greenblatt was asked about Trump’s declaration that "any Jewish people" who vote for Democrats have "a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty."

Greenblatt did not hold back in his disgust about what the president said.

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