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Chuck Todd asks Sanders to stop ‘trying to politicize’ Orlando shooting by talking about guns

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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders responded to a shooting at an LGBT nightclub in Orlando over the weekend by calling to end sales of assault-type rifles and to tighten background check loopholes.

“Hopes go out to all those who were shot, that they can recover,” Sanders told NBC’s Chuck Todd on Sunday. “I believe that in this country we should not be selling automatic weapons which are designed to kill people.”

“We have got to do everything that we can on top of that to make sure guns do not fall into the hands of people who should not have them, criminals and people who are mentally ill. So, that struggle continues.”

Todd suggested that Sanders had “politicized” the discussion by bringing up gun control.

“Do you think we can ever have a conversation where we have the terrorism conversation and the gun conversation, where it can have this without without trying to politicize one version of events over the other?” Todd wondered.

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“I do,” Sanders replied. “Because I think there is a very broad consensus in this country — not 100 percent of the people — overwhelming majority of gun owners and non-gun owners understand that we have got to do everything that we can to prevent guns from falling into the hands of people who should not have them.”

“That means expanding the instant background check, it means doing away with the gun show loophole, it means addressing the straw man provision,” the candidate insisted. “I think there is a wide consensus to move forward in that direction.”

Watch the video below from NBC’s Meet the Press, broadcast June 12, 2016.

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NYT columnist says one of Trump’s friends begged him to talk him out of launching war with Iran

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On Monday, Thomas Friedman of The New York Times spoke to CNN's Anderson Cooper, following President Donald Trump's attacks on him for calling his behavior racist in a recent article. The president accused him of "kissing [his] a**" in an Oval Office phone call.

Speaking to Cooper, Friedman denied Trump's characterization of their discussion.

"The president tweeted about a private conversation we had and lobbed in a few insults," said Friedman. "Basically, my response, which I put out on Twitter is that I was encouraged by a friend of his to speak to him after the downing of the American drone, because I thought it was wise that we not retaliate, and I thought he was wise not to retaliate, and this friend of his wanted me to encourage him in that, because he was evidently agonizing a little over that not retaliating. And I did that. I began the conversation by saying that 'I disagree with you, Mr. President on many things, but I think you did the right thing on this.' We talked for about four minutes. We also talked about China and we left it at that."

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Trump is a ‘human opioid’ who feeds racism to his ‘white identity cult’: author

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Democrats will lose the 2020 campaign if they treat it like a typical election and instead need to make a moral issue against President Donald Trump, author Tim Wise explained on MSNBC on Monday.

Wise is the author of the 2004 book White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son.

"As Democrats work on their strategy to counter President Trump ahead of the 2020 election. Anti-racism activist Tim Wise -- who helped to defeat David Duke in two campaigns in the 1990s -- provided this advice for Democrats," anchor Chris Matthews said.

He read excerpts of tweets from Wise.

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‘They’re trying to gag Mueller’: Ex-White House attorney worries Bill Barr’s scheme will work

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Attorney General Bill Barr is trying to "gag" special counsel Robert Mueller before his public testimony before Congress on Wednesday, former acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal worried on MSNBC on Monday.

"When you see these new reports that the Barr Justice Department continues to try to narrow what will come out of this hearing, what does that say to you?" MSNBC anchor Ari Melber asked.

"I’m extremely concerned. I don’t think it’s narrow. I think it looks like they’re trying to gag Mueller and trying to say anything not in the report is presumptively privileged," Katyal explained.

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