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‘Look! He can hold a meeting!’: CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin mocks effusive praise over Trump’s immigration ‘theater’

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CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin on Tuesday mocked the effusive praise over Donald Trump’s immigration meeting, arguing the ability to hold a meeting is a pretty low bar to measure presidents against.

Trump surprised Republicans and Democrats by encouraging a bipartisan solution to DACA and border security during an hour-long televised meeting on Tuesday. Host Wolf Blitzer asked Toobin “how successful” that meeting was.

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“I think about a phrase associated with [George W.] Bush, which is the ‘soft bigotry of low expectations,'” Toobin said. “Look! He can hold a meeting! He’s not crazy! I guess that was successful.”

“But I think one meeting on-camera—which was mostly theater—I think anyone who has been in any meetings knows that meetings of 25, 30 people never solve anything,” Toobin added. “A smaller meeting will solve it, but sure, I mean it did show a different picture.”

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Betsy DeVos’ DOE threatens to cut university funding for positive portrayal of Islam

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The U.S Department of Education threatened to pull federal funding from a Middle East studies course jointly run by Duke University and the University of North Carolina because it portrays Islam too positively.

The DOE ordered the universities to change their program or lose its federal grant money. In a letter to UNC, the department criticized the program, arguing that topics like Iranian art and film have “little or no relevance” to the Middle East studies program. The letter also argues that the program “appears to lack balance” because its programs are not focused on the discrimination faced by “religious minorities in the Middle East," including Christians and Jews.

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Wall Street is ignoring the omens of recession — here’s why

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The Federal Reserve seems a lot more concerned about the state of the economy than it’s been letting on.

The Fed lowered its target interest rate by a quarter point on Sept. 18, the second such cut since July – and the first reductions since the Great Recession more than 10 years ago.

Judging by the words of Fed Chair Jerome Powell, this isn’t that big a deal. In his statement following the decision, he said: “We took this step to help keep the U.S. economy strong in the face of some notable developments and to provide insurance against ongoing risks.”

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Elizabeth Warren accuses Congress of complicity in Trump’s continued abuses

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren accused the U.S. Congress of complicity in President Donald Trump's continued abuse of power late Friday, after reports surfaced of his alleged attempts to solicit foreign meddling in the 2020 presidential election, and reiterated her demand that Democrats use their majority in the House to pursue impeachment.

Warren's tweeted statement came hours after the Wall Street Journal reported that Trump urged Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden's opposition to a Ukrainian prosecutor in 2016.

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