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‘Black people!’: MSNBC guest nails why White House used Chicago to deflect questions about gun control

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MSNBC political analyst Jason Johnson heartily mocked the White House’s dog-whistle racism in responding to the Las Vegas shooting massacre.

Anchor Chris Hayes noted the leaked White House talking points cited Chicago and Detroit.

“Remember the only reason the Republicans and the Trump administration mentioned Chicago and Baltimore is black people, race,” Dr. Jason Johnson said with a look of faux panic, while waving both hands frantically towards viewers.

“Let’s talk about something else other than the issue that’s important,” Johnson said sarcastically, before dramatically shifting gears.

With graven seriousness, Prof. Johnson then countered claims by N.R.A. supporters that “now is not the time” to discuss gun control.

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“Look, right now is the time that you have to actually talk about functional policy,” Johnson explained. “If you see a car accident, that’s when you should talk about safety belts. If your house burns down, that’s when you talk about fire alarms. We should be talking about practical ways to prevent this from happening.”

Now is not the time to throw up our hands and accept the possibility of “getting shot randomly when you go to a shopping mall,” he said.

Johnson didn’t just criticize Republicans and the Trump administration, he also said part of the problem is “the refusal on the part of some advocates for gun control” to effectively call out the N.R.A. and say “the other side is lying, the other side is being disingenuous, the other side is trying to avoid the issue, they want to talk about everything else other than the fact that you have too many people in this country who have dangerous guns and that poses a threat to all of us.”

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White supremacists accounted for majority of terror-related arrests in last year: FBI director

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FBI Director Christopher Wray told lawmakers on Tuesday that his agency has so far made roughly 100 terrorism-related arrests so far this fiscal year -- and the majority of them are related in some way to the white supremacist movement.

As Washington Post reporter Matt Zapotosky reports, Wray made his remarks about white supremacist terrorists while being questioned by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) during an appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Despite the fact that white supremacists accounted for a majority of terror-related arrests in the first three quarters of this fiscal year, however, Wray also said that the FBI still considers jihadi-inspired terrorism to be the greater overall threat.

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Florida cop runs down wheelie-popping black teen on bicycle — then officers shock him with a Taser

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Florida police chased down a black teenager, struck his bicycle and then violently arrested him after he fled in terror.

Jaydon Stubbs and four friends were riding July 17 on their way to Hollywood Beach when an officer spotted the teens in an area where there had been a string of recent burglaries, reported WPLG-TV.

The officer saw the boys popping wheelies and ignoring traffic laws, so she tried to stop them for questioning -- but they split up and rode away from her.

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Here’s how Boris Johnson is already shaping up to be Britain’s Trump

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On Tuesday, Boris Johnson, former British Foreign Secretary and leader of the Conservative Party, secured the votes in Parliament to become the next Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

It is an outcome that was long considered likely — and it creates parallels with the 2016 election of President Donald Trump in the United States, as there are a great many similarities between the politics and styles of these two men, notes NPR.

First, and most obviously, both men are brusque right-wing populists who have made controlling immigration their core issue on the political stage — in Trump's case it is building the wall, while in Johnson's case it is implementing Brexit.

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