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Joy-Ann Reid slams Melania’s speech excuses: ‘Would Michelle Obama have gotten a pass?’

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Joy Reid challenged her MSNBC colleagues to not be so quick to excuse the apparent plagiarism in Melania Trump’s speech at the opening night of the Republican National Convention. She urged them not to downplay the similarities as the work of disorganized staff, and asked them if First Lady Michelle Obama would have received similar treatment in 2008.

Hallie Jackson on Tuesday morning asked MSNBC contributors for their reactions to Ms. Trump’s speech.

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“I’ll start by quoting a guy called Tom Nichols, who’s a conservative and very prominent on Twitter, who said, ‘Ask yourself if Michelle Obama would have been given a pass had she done the same thing in 2008?'” Reid began.

“I think we’re all very quickly passing the responsibility onto staff. Clearly, this is a campaign that is poorly staffed. I think that has been clear for a long time. But they sent Melania Trump over to Matt Lauer to say that she wrote it [the speech].”

Reid turned her attention to her colleagues: “But we’re immediately dismissing the idea that she had anything to do with it. I doubt that we would dismiss the idea that Michelle Obama had anything to do with it.”

“She’s an adult woman,” Reid continued.” She’s grown up. She has participated in the delivery of this speech. She gave the speech. So I think you have to give responsibilty — sure, to the staff, the campaign management has been poor here — but Melania Trump did give the speech and Michelle Obama wouldn’t have gotten a pass.”

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This is how Rome’s republic died: An expert on ancient history reacts to Trump’s acquittal

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The U.S. Senate has made its judgment in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, acquitting the president. Fifty two of 53 senators in the Republican majority voted to acquit the president on the abuse of power charge and all 53 Republican senators voted to acquit on the obstruction of Congress charge.

All 47 Democrats voted to convict the president on both charges. Senator Mitt Romney of Utah was the only Republican voting to convict for abuse of power.

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Twenty-one years ago, President Bill Clinton delivered his 1999 State of the Union address while his impeachment trial was underway in the Senate. The speech, one Republican critic said, was “a home run.”Clinton, who knew he would soon be acquitted, didn’t mention his impeachment. Instead, he focused on the future. He took credit for the strong economy, proposed bipartisan legislation to rescue Social Security and appealed to his opponents to rise above their differences.

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Trump sabotages Obama-era chemical law — by stacking the EPA with industry lobbyists

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Former President Barack Obama signed an overhaul of a landmark law in 2016 intended to protect people from being killed or maimed by chemicals, but Donald Trump is sabotaging the law to help the profits of chemical companies.

David Fischer, a former employee of the American Chemistry Council, recently replaced former chemical industry lobbyist Nancy Beck, another former employee of the council, as deputy assistant administrator at the EPA chemical safety office. The council whose members include DuPont and ExxonMobil Chemical spent $9.3 million on federal lobbying in 2018.

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