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CNN host: Donald Trump has gone ‘hard right’ and ‘hard white’ with his administration picks

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CNN host John Berman pointed out that Donald Trump has not only gone “hard right” in picking members of his administration, but the future president is also going “hard white” by ignoring a need for diversity.

During a Monday CNN panel discussion, Princeton University Professor Julian Zelizer asserted that Trump was meeting with Democratic Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard only as a “symbolic” gesture.

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“It’s an effort to show that you’re in favor of bipartisanship in an era of party polarization,” Zelizer said. “President-elect Trump had initially said he’s not going to do this, but as we see with Donald Trump, part of this is about the show, part of this is a bout the appearance.”

“So after going very hard right with his first three appointments — and many other possible appointments, we should remember, they’re not moderate, they’re very hard right on most issues,” the professor continued. “This could be symbolically appealing.”

Berman agreed with Zelizer’s “hard right” characterization of Trump’s cabinet, adding, “He’s also gone hard white.”

“He’s got five picks so far, all white, all male,” Berman explained. “If diversity is something that this administration values, they haven’t shown it just yet.”

In fact, all of Trump’s first five appointments are white men: Reince Priebus as chief of staff, Stephen Bannon as chief strategist, Jeff Sessions as attorney general, Michael Flynn as nation security adviser and Mike Pompeo as head of the Central Intelligence Agency. That’s in addition to Vice president-elect Mike Pence, who is also a white male.

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Watch the video below from CNN, broadcast Nov. 21, 2016.


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White House adds 20 percent increase to ‘best case’ projection of coronavirus deaths

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The White House is moving the goal posts once again. Instead of taking drastic action, like asking every state's governor to mandate a quarantine to reduce the spread of coronavirus, it is quietly upping its projected death toll, just one day after stunning Americans with a six-digit death rate.

On Sunday President Donald Trump told Americans he thinks if 100,000 Americans die from coronavirus he will have done "a very good job."

On Monday Dr. Deborah Birx announced the White House is projecting 100,000 to 200,000 deaths.

Tuesday evening, the number increased 20 percent.

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Elections 2016

Olympic athletes in ‘impossible position’ – Canada

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Canadian Olympic chiefs said Monday the health and safety of athletes had prompted the country's decision to withdraw its team from the Tokyo Olympics amid the coronavirus pandemic.

A day after Canada became the first team to announce its withdrawal from the July 24-August 9 Games, Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) chief David Shoemaker said athletes had been left in an "impossible position."

With public health authorities urging individuals to stay inside to curb the spread of COVID-19, athletes had been caught between a desire to heed health and safety advice while trying to minimize disruption to training programs.

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Elections 2016

Vietnamese women strive to clear war-era mines

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Inching across a field littered with Vietnam war-era bombs, Ngoc leads an all-women demining team clearing unexploded ordnance that has killed tens of thousands of people -- including her uncle.

"He died in an explosion. I was haunted by memories of him," Le Thi Bich Ngoc tells AFP as she oversees the controlled detonation of a cluster bomb found in a sealed-off site in central Quang Tri province.

More than 6.1 million hectares of land in Vietnam remain blanketed by unexploded munitions -- mainly dropped by US bombers -- decades after the war ended in 1975.

At least 40,000 Vietnamese have since died in related accidents. Victims are often farmers who accidentally trigger explosions, people salvaging scrap metal, or children who mistake bomblets for toys.

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