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Joe Biden blasts Trump on Charlottesville: ‘Silence is complicity’ — and the president’s ‘was deafening’

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During a Monday evening appearance on “The Late Show,” former Vice President Joe Biden said that the uprising of white supremacists and Nazis in Charlottesville was a huge turning point for him in President Donald Trump’s White House.

“There are certain things that when they occur you just can’t remain silent,” Biden told host Stephen Colbert. “Charlottesville, for me, was a moment where I thought silence would be complicity.”

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It was at that point Biden wrote an op-ed in The Atlantic about fighting for the soul of America.

“The idea that you would see in America, in a historic city, Nazis carrying flags spouting the same exact bile about Jews that was spouted from Germany in the 1930’s and then caught these guys crawling out from under rocks with torches and to not have an outright, flat condemnation of that is…” Biden said before abruptly stopping. “You know, David Brooks talks about this invisible moral fabric that holds up society. And leaders’ impact on how that is perceived. And I thought the silence was deafening.”

Biden’s appearance came on the day his new book was released about his life as vice president and the death of his son Beau from brain cancer.

“I thought we had passed the days when it was acceptable for political leaders at local and national levels to bestow legitimacy on hate speech and fringe ideologies. But the world is changing so rapidly,” Biden said in a commencement address to Cornell University immediately following the Charlottesville protests.

Watch the full extended interview below:

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Cannibalism on rise among polar bears, say Russian scientists

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Cases of polar bears killing and eating each other are on the rise in the Arctic as melting ice and human activity erode their habitat, a Russian scientist said Wednesday.

"Cases of cannibalism among polar bears are a long-established fact, but we're worried that such cases used to be found rarely while now they are recorded quite often," said polar bear expert Ilya Mordvintsev, quoted by Interfax news agency.

"We state that cannibalism in polar bears is increasing," said Mordvintsev, a senior researcher at Moscow's Severtsov Institute of Problems of Ecology and Evolution.

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$1,750+ ticket prices for South Carolina debate spark outrage

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"I think it speaks to the fundamental, endemic corruption of the Democratic Party establishment that you had to pay... multiple thousands of dollars to get into that room."

Unusually loud booing and jeering directed disproportionately at Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren during Tuesday night's Democratic presidential debate—particularly when the senators criticized billionaire businessman Michael Bloomberg—sparked probing questions about the class composition of the audience packed inside the Gaillard Center in Charleston, South Carolina.

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Ex-GOP senator hammers lawmakers quaking in their boots out of fear of Trump: ‘Why are you there?’

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Appearing on CNN on Wednesday morning, retired Sen. William Cohen (R-ME) hammered members of his own party still sitting in the Senate who refuse to take on Donald Trump, saying they are failing the country and themselves by standing by in fear.

Speaking with CNN hosts Poppy Harlow and Jim Sciutto, Cohen said kowtowing to the president is nothing new, but has grown worse over the past ten years.

"Some of it has to do with external pressures, that of social media, talk radio, specific channels that have a particular view and then hammer that view home to the constituents who then pressure the members of Congress," he explained. "But you have to ask yourself: Why are you a senator? Why are you there? Are you acting out of sheer fear that if you speak up and take a position that's controversial you'll be punished?"

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