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Ta-Nehisi Coates rips Trump, Ted Cruz and conservatives campaigning against #BlackLivesMatter

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Author Ta-Nehisi Coates slammed conservatives who have pushed the idea of a ‘war’ against police while also attempting to paint the Black Lives Matter movement as being a part of it during an interview on Monday with MSNBC host Chris Hayes.

“When you see people like Ted Cruz, when you see Nikki Haley — the governor of South Carolina — running a campaign against Black Lives Matter, when you see Donald Trump and you see people standing up talking about a ‘war on cops,’ anybody who thinks progress in the era of prison reform is a done deal really should be humbled by that,” Coates said. “God forbid crime actually rise for real; forget the ‘Ferguson effect.’ God forbid it actually happens.”

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Republicans and conservative pundits have argued that police are increasingly unsafe in their jobs, in part because of Black Lives Matter demonstrations. But in fact, departments are on a pace to lose 36 officers to fatal shootings this year, a 25-year-low.

Coates appeared in the wake of his latest story for The Atlantic, in which he argued that the “original intent” of the Moynihan Report — published 50 years ago by then-Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan should be reclaimed.

He told Hayes that, while he did not care to use the phrase “both sides” in discussing political criticism, he felt that both liberals and conservatives had misunderstood the report.

“From the liberal perspective, the notion that Moynihan was in any way blaming the victim, I think, is just completely off,” he argued. “Moynihan is very, very clear about where the blame should be. And not only that, if you listen to the speech that [then-President] Lyndon Johnson gave that was inspired by the Moynihan Report, he literally says — even as he talks about family breakdown — that blame must be laid at the feet of white society, a statement no president would make today.”

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But conservatives alluding to the report’s emphasis on family, he continued, “are not so eager to make allusions to the fact that Moynihan was very much calling for government action — for money to be spent on behalf of black people. He thought it should be done through the family, but he was a liberal who believed in government action. One of the regrettable decisions that Moynihan made was leaving out solutions, and the result was it left it open for folks who wanted to just lament the problem but felt that government should do nothing about it.”

He also expressed skepticism when Hayes asked him about the prospect of bipartisan reforms to cut down the country’s incarceration rate, which Coates reported stood at around 700 prisoners per 100,000 people.

“There is no country in the world with reliable numbers that’s even competitive with us,” he said. “At 400 per 100,000 we would be somewhere in the vicinity of Russia. We still would be a major outlier, and still an embarrassment to democracy in the world, but that would be some sort of progress.”

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Watch the interview, as aired on Monday, below.

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Scientist who correctly predicted 2018 midterms says Democrats can win 18 more seats in 2020

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The political scientist who correctly predicted the 2018 elections says Democrats left seats on the table in the midterms -- and can win them in 2020.

Rachel Bitecofer, assistant director of the Judy Ford Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia, was interviewed by MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell on "The Last Word."

"Could you explain to the viewers how it is you determine what it was that actually did win a given congressional district?" O'Donnell asked. "When there is this common belief that, oh, well, the Democrats ran because the Republicans threatened their health care and so some swing voters switched over from Republican voting to democratic voting."

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Maddow reveals how Chinese group Falun Gong went from disrupting events to running a shadow campaign for Trump

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MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow on Tuesday detailed the remarkable journey of the group Falun Gong shifting from disrupting White House events to dominating the conversation on Facebook.

Maddow hilariously recounted the "major embarrassment" for the George W. Bush White House when a protester interrupted remarks by President of China Hu Jintao.

The protester was credentialed to cover the event for the Epoch Times, which is controlled by Falun Gong.

"Well, NBC News has a scoop out today about that group, about how that paper, the Epoch Times has transformed itself a lot in the Trump era. It’s a real revelation, this reporting from NBC News," Maddow said. "I mean, Epoch Times and its media group, they’ve made themselves into a whole new thing entirely and in a very big way."

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Trump’s failed Federal Reserve nominee doesn’t even know what the interest rate was 10 years ago

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On Tuesday, CNN's Chris Cuomo invited on Stephen Moore, supply-side economist and President Donald Trump's failed pick for the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, to discuss the state of the administration — and Moore made a hilariously wrong remark about interest rates that suggests the country was better off without him.

"There's no greatest economy ever," said Cuomo. "You know these things ... he's doing well. He's not doing better than we've ever seen before, and you guys got the benefits of juicing the economy with this tax cut. Fair point?"

"Let me say this, I think it's a pretty darn good economy," said Moore. "I'll cite a few statistics. It's a pretty darn good one. We have the lowest unemployment rate in 50 years ... and for blacks and Hispanics and women."

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