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‘We just disproved that’: CNN’s Blackwell smacks down Jack Kingston for claiming Trump has improved the lives of blacks

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Former Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) was smacked down by a CNN host Saturday morning for claiming great gains for the black community under President Donald Trump — moments after CNN reported the opposite.

Appearing on New Day to defend the president’s planned visit to the newly opened Civil Rights Museum in Jackson, Mississippi on Saturday, Kingston chastised civil rights pioneer Rep. John  Lewis (D-GA) for boycotting the opening due to Trump, before attempting to make the case that black Americans are thriving under the president.

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After citing comments Trump has made about minorities starting back when he announced he was running for president, Blackwell asked, “Does he want to sit down with Lewis and would he be open to learning about the civil rights struggle and why so many people would be offended by the two and a half minutes of  history I summed up a few minutes ago?”

After ducking the question to instead talk about DACA, Kingston then referenced the recent jobs report.

“Who created those jobs? I know everybody will say –” Kingston replied as panelist Maria Cardona jumped in to say, “Barack Obama.”

“I know, yeah I understand that, ten months later, what a legacy,” Kingston scoffed. “Lowest unemployment in 17 years, and home-ownership among African-Americans is up. Home-ownership among other groups –.”

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“We just disproved that that!” Blackwell interrupted. ” It’s 42 percent right now. it was at 49percent  in 2004.”

“But it is up!” Kingston insisted.

Blackwell then stated he was stunned Kingston brought up DACA, and that, had he known it would come up in the conversation, he would have had footage ready to run of what Trump has previously said about getting the Dreamers “out of the country.”

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Swiss holding ‘funeral march’ to mark disappearance of an Alpine glacier

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Dozens of people will undertake a "funeral march" up a steep Swiss mountainside on Sunday to mark the disappearance of an Alpine glacier amid growing global alarm over climate change.

The Pizol "has lost so much substance that from a scientific perspective it is no longer a glacier," Alessandra Degiacomi, of the Swiss Association for Climate Protection, told AFP.

The organisation which helped organise Sunday's march said around 100 people were due to take part in the event, set to take place as the UN gathers youth activists and world leaders in New York to mull the action needed to curb global warming.

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UAW strike ‘threatens to upend the economy in Michigan’ — and could destroy Trump’s re-election: report

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At the end of the first week of a major strike by the United Auto Workers, the employment standoff threatens to upend President Donald Trump's 2020 re-election map, the Chicago Times reported Saturday.

Approximately 46,000 workers have been striking against General Motors.

There are two major threats to Trump's campaign from the strike.

The first is that the strike could cause regional recessions -- threatening Trump's political standing in key Rust Belt states.

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Security forces fired live rounds at protesters calling for the ouster of Egyptian president: report

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Egyptian security forces clashed with hundreds of anti-government protesters in the port city of Suez on Saturday, firing tear gas and live rounds, said several residents who participated in the demonstrations.

A heavy security presence was also maintained in Cairo's Tahrir Square, the epicentre of Egypt's 2011 revolution, after protests in several cities called for the removal of general-turned-president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

Such demonstrations are rare after Egypt effectively banned protests under a law passed following the 2013 military ouster of Islamist ex-president Mohamed Morsi.

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