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Watch: Robert Reich blames Berkeley riot on right-wing ‘outside agitators’

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Robert Reich speculated that the instigators of the violence on the University of California at Berkeley campus were not students and could have been Milo Yiannopoulos allies.

Reich, who teaches at Berkeley, explained that he knows the students on campus and those that he saw tearing up the city were not students. In fact, the college “opened its doors wide,” he explained, and gave Yiannopoulos the largest auditorium on campus. There were also editorials leading up to the event about the importance of free speech on campus and that the university was part of leading the movement in the 1960s.

“I know what I saw,” Reich explained. “They weren’t Berkeley students. They were outside agitators.”

He went on to say that there are rumors the agitators were right-wingers that are “part of a group that were organized and ready to create the tumult and danger.”

Reich mentioned President Donald Trump’s recent comments that he intends to pull federal funding from the school because it doesn’t respect free speech. “That’s a complete distortion of the truth,” Reich continued. “I mean, Berkeley opened its biggest auditorium to this right-wing Breitbart news character, hateful odious person. But said, ‘free speech is most important thing we stand for.’ And it was these outsiders who caused police to come in and cancel it.”

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Host Don Lemon asked if Reich believed the incident was part of a strategy by Yiannopoulos or the right wing to put on an effort to claim free speech wasn’t allowed on Berkeley’s campus.

“I wouldn’t bet against it, Don,” Reich said. “Again, I saw these people. They all looked almost paramilitary, not from the campus. And I’ve heard — again I don’t want to say factually — but heard there’s some relationship there between these people and the right wing. And the movement that is affiliated with Breitbart news.”

Following the incident on campus, Yiannopoulos’s latest book exploded in sales.

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Newly revealed video shows Trump and Jeffrey Epstein ogling cheerleaders at Mar-A-Lago party

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Newly revealed video recorded in 1992 shows Donald Trump and Jeffrey Epstein ogling NFL cheerleaders at a party held at the future president's Mar-A-Lago club.

The video recorded by NBC and broadcast Wednesday by MSNBC shows Trump, then a celebrity businessman, dancing with dozens of cheerleaders for the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins, and then greeting Epstein and two other men.

Trump and the accused pedophile Epstein are then seen pointing toward various women and commenting on their looks, although it's not always clear what they're saying.

"She's hot," Trump says about one woman, and then leans in to say something that makes Epstein double over with laughter.

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‘Clear and present racism’: MSNBC’s Morning Joe and Mika say Kellyanne Conway should have been ‘fired on the spot’ for slurring reporter

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski were astonished by Kellyanne Conway's response to a reporter asking about President Donald Trump's racist attacks on four first-year lawmakers.

The White House senior adviser asked Breakfast Media White House correspondent Andrew Feinberg, who is Jewish, about his ethnicity after he asked Conway what countries Trump was telling the Democratic congresswomen to return.

"I won't draw any parallels with any fascist countries, but what happened yesterday in a press gaggle has nothing to do with the United States of America," Scarborough said, "and in any other administration over the past 240 years, a person that did what Kellyanne Conway did yesterday would have been fired on the spot. By the time she left the press gaggle and went back into the White House, they would have already packed up her belongings and would have told her leave by the back door and never talk to us again."

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Elon Musk shows off progress on brain-machine interface

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Futurist entrepreneur Elon Musk late Tuesday revealed his secretive Neuralink startup is making progress on an interface linking brains with computers, and said they hope to begin testing on people next year.

Musk has long contended that a neural lace meshing minds with machines is vital if people are going to avoid being so outpaced by artificial intelligence that, under the best of circumstances, humans would be akin to "house cats."

Musk and members of the Neuralink team laid out progress they have made on their mission at an event held in San Francisco to recruit talent in software, robotics, neuroscience and more.

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