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DNC refuses to face Joy Reid’s panel on ignored black women voters — and insists spokesman must appear alone

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The Democratic National Committee (DNC) on Sunday refused to participate in an MSNBC panel to discuss the importance of black women voters.

In an open letter to the DNC Chairman Tom Perez last week, a group of Democratic black women noted that “Black women voters are the very foundation to a winning coalition, yet most Black voters feel like the Democrats take them for granted.”

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“This February, in the DNC elections, we saw an increase in overall diversity within the officer ranks, but no increase in leadership representation of Black women,” the letter pointed out. “We have demonstrated our commitment to the Party. It is time for the Party to demonstrate its commitment to us. We stand ready to join you, your team, and Party leadership on the front lines — but not as silent partners.”

Political strategist L. Joy Williams, one of the signatories of the letter to Perez, told MSNBC host Joy Reid that the problem “was not something new.”

“Noticably absent is an investment and a listening tour of black women leaders and black women as a voting block when were are primarily the most loyal voting block to the party,” Williams said.

According to Williams, the DNC made no effort to respond to the letter until the party was contacted by MSNBC.

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“The Democratic Party has become so obsessed with trying to figure out and psych out white working class voters that they are forgetting that black voters really are the core of the base,” Reid explained.

And although the Democratic Party provided a spokesperson — Associate Chair Jaime Harrison — he refused to appear on the panel with Williams.

“In the interest of full disclosure to our viewers, we wanted Jaime to join the panel with L. Joy and [Krystal Ball], but the DNC preferred that he respond one-on-one,” Reid revealed.

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A biologist explains why we might be the only intelligent life in the universe

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Are we alone in the universe? It comes down to whether intelligence is a probable outcome of natural selection, or an improbable fluke. By definition, probable events occur frequently, improbable events occur rarely – or once. Our evolutionary history shows that many key adaptations – not just intelligence, but complex animals, complex cells, photosynthesis, and life itself – were unique, one-off events, and therefore highly improbable. Our evolution may have been like winning the lottery … only far less likely.

The universe is astonishingly vast. The Milky Way has more than 100 billion stars, and there are over a trillion galaxies in the visible universe, the tiny fraction of the universe we can see. Even if habitable worlds are rare, their sheer number – there are as many planets as stars, maybe more – suggests lots of life is out there. So where is everyone? This is the Fermi paradox. The universe is large, and old, with time and room for intelligence to evolve, but there’s no evidence of it.

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Steve Schmidt: Trump’s ‘corruption’ is dragging America into ‘banana republic territory’

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On Monday's edition of MSNBC's "Morning Joe," former George W. Bush and John McCain adviser Steve Schmidt laid into President Donald Trump's "corruption," warning that it is undermining the foundations of the rule of law.

"The corruption is just unbelievable," said Schmidt, who recently left the Republican Party to become an independent. "And if you look back to the Republican convention, Joe, when we talked about it at the time, the chants of lock them up — what I said about it at the time was it was banana republicanism."

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Minimum wage workers win big union victory in anti-union Texas

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While Donald Trump’s Labor Department works to diminish employee rights, organized workers have scored an important victory deep in the heart of anti-union Texas.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner signed an executive order raising the minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2021 for 8,000 people at the city’s two airports. That’s a 65% increase for workers paid the federal minimum of $7.25 an hour. About 8,000 baggage handlers, caterers, wheelchair attendants and others benefit.

The Service Employees International Union organized the Houston workers. Workers in Denver earlier won $15 an hour by 2021. A new ordinance proposed in Minneapolis would require $15 an hour by 2022.

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