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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.

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“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.

“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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Trump and Giuliani had ties to mobsters portrayed in ‘The Irishman’

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Both President Donald Trump and his attorney Rudy Giuliani have ties to the mobsters depicted in Martin Scorsese’s new film, "The Irishman."

The film is based on the 2003 book I Heard You Paint Houses: Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran & Closing the Case on Jimmy Hoffa, by Charles Brandt, who paints a portrait of corrupt union bosses and hitmen who had business ties to Trump decades ago, reported Rolling Stone.

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Nikki Haley busted by Civil War historian after claiming the Confederate flag was once a symbol of ‘heritage’

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Former South Carolina Governor and Trump United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley on Friday stirred controversy when she claimed that the Confederate flag was once a noble symbol that only lost legitimacy once it was "hijacked" by a mass murderer.

During an interview with talk show host Glenn Beck, Haley described how she reacted after white supremacist Dylann Roof murdered nine people at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

"Here is this guy who comes out with this manifesto, holding the Confederate flag," she said, referring to Roof. "And [he] had just hijacked everything that people thought of. We don't have hateful people in South Carolina -- there's always the small minority, that's always going to be there -- but people saw it as service and sacrifice and heritage, but once he did that, there was no way to overcome it."

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Conservative stunned Trump is allowing Giuliani to create more evidence against him

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In a column for the Washington Post, conservative Jennifer Rubin was appalled -- but not surprised -- that Donald Trump is turning a blind eye to the fact that his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, is overseas trying to dig up dirt on Joe Biden despite the fact that the president is facing impeachment for exactly that abuse of power.

As Rubin puts it under a headline, "Trump creates evidence faster than the House can draft impeachment articles." Rubin first notes that the President has been conducting government business on unsecured lines, writing, "President Trump in the 2016 race made one argument against Hillary Clinton more than any other: Her sloppy handling of emails using a private server disqualified her from holding office. Someone that negligent with U.S. security could not be trusted."

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