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Joy Reid blasts James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas as ‘Bannon turned into a scam’ — and ‘Trump is their Mussolini’

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MSNBC’s Joy Reid spoke with Chris Hayes about the latest failed “sting” from James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas attempting to take down The Washington Post.

Hayes noted that it makes him wonder what’s “really going on” in their offices.

“Well, what’s going on is two things: One, they’re making money,” Reid began. “Among the donors is — in addition to the billionaires who are giving money to this guy who couldn’t get hired at a college newspaper for free, let alone a normal newspaper organization — are the marks in his email list. Project Veritas is constantly fundraising.”

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Reid noted that they also use Amazon smile, which allows people to give a percentage of their purchase to charity.

“He’s managed to rack up a six-figure salary for himself doing that,” Reid continued. “So, one motivation is that he’s a grifter. And his second motivation is that he usually peddles his wares to Breitbart. He did that with the ACORN, where they took down a 40-year-old organization that registered black people and poor people to vote, just because they hated them and hated Barack Obama.”

Reid also noted that the group is nothing more than a wager of an ideological war.

“They’re Steve Bannon turned into a scam,” Reid said.

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Hayes was particularly shocked that staffers were living in Airbnb rooms with allies to former President Obama. “There is something that strikes me as sort of creepily authoritarian when people who lie with the president are renting your Airbnb to spy on you.”

Reid explained that in many ways, “Donald Trump is their Mussolini. He’s their customer.” She found it more frightening that Trump is also a consumer of the product. “He’s actually consuming the WorldNetDaily. He’s consuming the InfoWars, the Breitbart. He is as duped by it as their average person on that email list sending them $25… Donald Trump is purchasing this stuff and that’s scary because nobody around him can reacquaint him with reality either.”

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Millions around the world joined #ClimateStrike — demanding bold climate action

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Masses of children skipped school Friday to join a global strike against climate change that teen activist Greta Thunberg said was "only the beginning" in the fight against environmental disaster.

Some four million people filled city streets around the world, organizers said, in what was billed as the biggest ever protest against the threat posed to the planet by rising temperatures.

Youngsters and adults alike chanted slogans and waved placards in demonstrations that started in Asia and the Pacific, spread across Africa, Europe and Latin America, before culminating in the United States where Thunberg rallied.

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Trump announces new sanctions on Iran — and deploys US troops to the Middle East

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The United States announced Friday that it was sending military reinforcements to the Gulf region following attacks on Saudi oil facilities that it attributes to Iran, just hours after President Donald Trump ordered new sanctions on Tehran.

Trump said the sanctions were the toughest-ever against another country, but indicated he did not plan a military strike, calling restraint a sign of strength.

The Treasury Department renewed action against Iran's central bank after US officials said Tehran carried out weekend attacks on rival Saudi Arabia's oil infrastructure, which triggered a spike in global crude prices.

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‘Do a lot of stupid sh*t as quickly as possible’: Ambassador Power breaks down ’The Trump Doctrine’

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The former ambassador to the United Nations explained "The Trump Doctrine" during a Friday evening interview with comedian Bill Maher on HBO's "Real Time."

Samantha Power, the author of the new book, The Education of an Idealist, was asked by Maher about the foreign policy mantra of the Obama administration.

"Obama's foreign policy doctrine was famously summarized as 'don't do stupid sh*t," Maher noted. "Trump's, of course, is 'Do stupid sh*t.'"

"Do stupid sh*t as quickly as possible," Power clarified.

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